With a chance to take a one game lead in the NFC East on the line, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles squared off at Lincoln Financial Field with the Eagles earning a close 19-17 victory. On a night where Philadelphia retired the jersey of arguably the greatest safety in team history, Brian Dawkins, it was the fine play of their defensive backfield that was critical in them pulling out the tight win.
The of the two most critical plays in the game came in the fourth quarter involved Philly’s DB’s: first, when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted an Eli Manning endzone pass attempt early in the final period, which would have given the Giants the lead, and then on New York’s final drive, when an offensive pass interference penalty was called on wideout Ramses Barden after Eagles cornerback Nnmadi Asomugha played exceptional coverage on him. The penalty pushed the Giants back 10 yards and forced Lawrence Tynes to attempt a 54-yard field goal instead of a 44-yard try. This 10 yards would be the difference in the contest because Tynes’ kick was short and had it not been for the Barden penalty, then chances are Tynes would have made the kick.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick played much more efficiently (19-30 for 241 yards and a TD) then he has all season, successfully protecting the football as he accounted for a single turnover for the first time this season. LeSean McCoy had a huge second half rushing for 121 yards on 17 carries after having just two yards on six attempts during the opening half.
Manning wasn’t as efficient as Vick was. Even though the Giants’ signal caller notched his second game of the season passing for over 300 yards (309 yards and 2 TD), his completion rate was just 57 eprcent and he tossed his ninth second half redzone inception since 2010 (most in the NFL). The Giants didn’t get much out of their running game either as Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown combined for just 57 yards on 19 carries.
The game winning score came with just 1:49 left in the game, when Eagles kicker Alex Henry successfully made by a 26-yard chip shot field goal that barely stayed inside of the right upright. The field goal earned the Eagles their third comeback victory of the season and, despite being outscored on the the season by 17 points versus opponents, Philadelphia is now 3-1 on the year (Eagles’ three wins have been by a total of four points).