You could point to the Eagles' flaws in this one--- their safeties biting on Eli's play-action with disastrous results, or the horribly short kickoffs by Alex Henery and the subsequent huge return yardages by the Giants --- but in the end, the Eagles contained the damage just enough on defense, and controlled their possession of the ball without turnovers sufficiently, to force the Giants into a last-second attempt at a 54-yard FG for the win...which Lawrence Tynes missed---twice.
It was a nerve-wracking win for Eagles fans...
It didn't help that the Eagles almost got jobbed by the refs on some superior jams by the DB's in the last minute of play that were inexplicably called "PI" penalties...
But it all got made right by a "make-up" call on a final pass play by the Giants where WR Ramses Barden mauled Nnamdi Asomugha in coverage. That sent the ball back into very difficult FG range... and then the missed attempt(s) by Tynes for the win.
Given a second chance, Lawrence Tynes couldn't make the Philadelphia Eagles pay for a tactical gamble that nearly backfired. Tynes missed two field-goal tries from 54 yards with 15 seconds left and Philadelphia held on for a 19-17 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night. Tynes missed wide left on his first attempt, but the Eagles had called timeout to ice him. He was short on his second attempt.
"When you're surrounding by 66,000 people that probably want to rip your head off, yeah," Eagles coach Andy Reid said when asked if he regretted the timeout.
With LeSean McCoy leading the way on the ground, Michael Vick guided Philadelphia (3-1) to another comeback. Alex Henery kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:49 left and the Eagles overcame two pass interference penalties on New York's final drive.
The defending Super Bowl champion Giants (2-2) have struggled against Philadelphia, losing eight of the last nine meetings.
McCoy had 121 of his 123 yards rushing in the second half. The All-Pro had six carries for 2 yards at halftime. "It's just the Giants and Eagles, this is what it comes down to," McCoy said. "Eventually our running game would crack it and that's what we did."
Vick threw TD passes in the final two minutes in consecutive 1-point wins over Cleveland and Baltimore the first two weeks before a 26-7 loss at Arizona. This time, he patiently moved his offense down the field and took no risks in getting his team into FG position.
After Eli Manning tossed a go-ahead 6-yard TD pass to Bear Pascoe, Vick drove the Eagles to the Giants 2 before Osi Umenyiora sacked him for a virtually voluntary 6-yard loss on third down. Henery then hit his fourth field goal to put the Eagles ahead to stay.
Henery previously connected from 48, 35 and 20 yards.
A pass interference penalty on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie kept the Giants' last drive alive and put the ball at the Eagles 35 after Manning threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-1. Another pass interference call on Nnamdi Asomugha on third-and-10 moved it to the Eagles 27. I really thought that was a good jam on that play.
Then Ramses Barden got called for offensive pass interference to move it back to the 36. Asomougha was mauled on that play.
After an incomplete pass, the Giants sent out Tynes to try for the winning kick on third-and-18 because they didn't have any timeouts remaining.
"I don't believe in icing the kicker. Let him step up there and do what he does," Vick said.
Vick was 19 of 30 for 241 yards and the previously turnover-prone Eagles protected the ball. The Eagles led the NFL with 12 turnovers through three games, but didn't commit any against the Giants Sunday night.
Manning completed 24 of 42 passes for 309 yards, two TDs and one crucial interception. He threw a pick in the end zone after a 30-yard pass to Victor Cruz on fourth-and-1 got the Giants to Philadelphia's 10 on the final play of the third quarter. Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Manning's underthrown pass into triple-coverage and returned it 14 yards to the Eagles 9. The Eagles slowly moved the ball on the ground to set up Henery's 35-yarder that made it 16-10.
In the end, you must call that INT by DRC the turning point of the game. But oh, if it were only that simple!
Manning redeemed himself on New York's next possession. He completed passes of 31 yards to Barden and 41 yards to Domenik Hixon. He then found Pascoe wide open over the middle for a 17-16 lead with 6:45 left.
McCoy finally broke loose by running for 56 yards on consecutive carries in the third. He was stopped at the 1 on a 22-yard gain, and then couldn't get in on three straight carries. The Eagles settled for a 20-yard field goal by Henery that made it 10-3.
"The O-line found themselves as the game wore on," Reid said. "They were able to block well enough to where McCoy had big yards."
The Giants answered after David Wilson ran the kickoff back 45 yards to the 43. Just terrible ST coverage by the Eagles all night against the kick-return lanes...something that needs to be addressed immediately.
Mixing run and pass effectively, the Giants moved to the 14. On third-and-3, Manning threw a TD pass to Cruz, who celebrated with his trademark salsa dance in the stadium where it all started. (Cruz burst on the scene with a breakout performance in a 29-16 win at Philadelphia last September 25th)...
Vick threw a 27-yard pass to Brent Celek and then scrambled 18 yards to set up Henery's 48-yard field goal late in the third that made it 13-10.
Hoping to establish the run early, the Eagles had no success giving the ball to McCoy in the first half.
But Philadelphia used a no-huddle offense to drive 70 yards on 11 plays for their only TD. The Eagles converted three third downs on the series, including Vick's 19-yard TD pass to DeSean Jackson on third-and-9.
Starting from their 13, the Giants moved 81 yards in 1:42 on the ensuing possession. Manning hit Hixon for 32 yards on the first play. The drive stalled at the 6 and Tynes kicked a 25-yard field goal.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.0||6.2|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||1-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||09:25||Alex Henery 35 Yd||10||16|
|FG||00:05||Lawrence Tynes 25 Yd||3||7|
|FG||09:55||Alex Henery 20 Yd||3||10|
|FG||02:07||Alex Henery 48 Yd||10||13|
|TD||06:45||Bear Pascoe 6 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||17||16|
|FG||01:49||Alex Henery 26 Yd||17||
|TD||01:47||DeSean Jackson 19 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick)||0||7|
|TD||05:28||Victor Cruz 14 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||10||10|
AWWww Eagles brethren...... I wonder If you guys see what I see...
A team that doesn't doubt itself.... A Team that won't lay down.... A Team that has been down in 3 times 4th Qtr games and Not Given Up..... Forget the scores. Forget the Contracts and Money..... You can't Draft or Trade or Coach this belief..... And WE got it...
Hoo hoo.... The whole league is scared of our potential.... No doubt about it
@atvcar Well what would you trade for him? I want Calvin, MJD....or two players
41 pass attempts to 13 run attempts, looks like the Cowboys are adopting Marty's offensive philosophy...
Dallas' run game got shut down tonight. If ya can accomplish that, the Cowpokes almost always lose the game. Romo tries to be a hero, lol.
How Whack..... Madden 13 news.... SB opponents first Year...... Raiders?!?!? Leinhart QB?!?!?? This game sux
@beanstalk Play online you lil poof. That's where the REAL MEN go!
@Jerky PS3? I will kick your ass
@Jerky Oh yes you do.....
@beanstalk I don't want anything to do with your sure cock, sick aussie freak!
@Jerky Ooo should of put a coma in there somewhere!!!!
@Jerky A flogging from an arrogant cock sure aussie? No charge
@beanstalk Maybe I'll go get it after this game, i have tomorrow off so I can veg around all day like I used to...bong rips, snacks and Madden baby! What more can you ask for? honestly?
@Jerky The game play is similar and you still got all your Old fav plays to call.... But its more realistic... ie... If you run full steam into the back of a blocker... you stop and sometimes fall over.... trip over most guys on the ground on D too... Its Great like that.... My criticism is all about the new Franchise and trade format
@beanstalk That sounded pretty G...
@beanstalk Yur ass is grass and my gamer hands are the lawn mower!!
@Jerky Of course it is.... And Of course you will lose anyways..... And we are playing for a Carton of Beer when You THINK your ready
@beanstalk No way sucka! You probably bought it when it first came out and haven't put down the remote since. You got a leg up on this ole boy, give me a a couple weeks of playing it! but first, is it even worth investing 70 bucks in?
@Jerky Go get it tomorrow.... I can't wait to hear you cry
@beanstalk Ya, dats wut I be rollin wit.
@Jerky PS3 tho?
@beanstalk You will do no such thing!!!
....I don't own it yet :P
@beanstalk Seems kinda made up...
@Jerky Yeah....like Jonny Knox at 82 in Free Agency
@beanstalk EA sports is whack and has been whack for years now, I hope they don't their contract re-signed from the NFL (it runs out this year), I would love it if 2k sports gets it or at least somebody different. EA just puts out a new roster update each year with a few tweaks here and there, and calls it "BRAND NEW" and, the best Madden in years!!1!!1! Ha, I say!