Eagles hold off Giants at the finish, 19-17
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PHILADELPHIA — Given a second chance, Lawrence Tynes couldn’t make the Philadelphia Eagles pay for a tactical mistake.
Tynes missed two field goal tries from 54 yards with 15 seconds left and the Eagles held on for a 19-17 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Tynes initially missed wide left, but the Eagles had called timeout to ice him. His second attempt was straight but a few yards short.
‘‘When you’re surrounded by 66,000 people that probably wanna 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 the Eagles (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 their NFC East rivals, 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.
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. On Sunday night, he was 19 of 30 for 241 yards and didn’t commit a turnover.
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 6-yard loss on third down. Henery then hit his fourth field goal to put the Eagles ahead to stay.
Henery also 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.
Ramses Barden was then called for offensive pass interference to move it back to the 36.
The Giants sent out Tynes to try for the winning kick on third and 18 because they didn’t have any timeouts remaining.
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 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.
Manning redeemed himself on New York’s next possession, finding Pascoe wide open over the middle for a 17-16 lead with 6:45 left.