PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles bounced back from their worst performance of the season with their best on Sunday night.
One week after getting embarrassed in Arizona, they thrilled their fans at Lincoln Financial Field with a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants.
Eagles place-kicker Alex Henery provided the winning points with a 26-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with 1 minute, 49 seconds left in regulation.
Giants place-kicker Lawrence Tynes had a chance to give his team the victory but missed a 54-yard field-goal attempt in the final seconds - twice. His first kick sailed wide left, touching off a wild celebration in the stands, but Eagles coach Andy Reid had signaled timeout. Given another try, Tynes' next attempt was short of the crossbar.
The Eagles prevailed in part because they avoided the turnovers that plagued them during the first three games. Quarterback Michael Vick, who committed nine of the team's 12 total turnovers - six interceptions and three lost fumbles - was flawless against the Giants. He completed 19-of-30 passes for 241 yards and a 19-yard touchdown to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and also rushed for 49 yards on six carries.
Running back LeSean McCoy also had a major impact in the second half. After being held to just 2 yards on six carries, he slashed and dashed through the Giants' defense in the second half for 121 yards on 17 attempts to finish with 123 yards. McCoy has now rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the last five games against the Giants.
The exciting win also enabled the Eagles (3-1) to continue their recent dominance over the Giants (2-2). They've now won eight of the last nine meetings dating back to 2008, including playoffs. The Eagles earned at least a share of first place in the NFC East. Dallas (2-1) plays Chicago tonight.
The Eagles were nearly on the other side of a thrilling finish. After Henery's field goal gave them the lead, the Giants promptly marched into contention behind a pair of questionable pass-interference penalties against Eagles cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha.
Referee Ron Winter and his crew had received a standing ovation from the crowd before the game and even high-fived some fans. But the spectators had a much different greeting for them after those two penalties.
After those calls, the officials then whistled Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden for offensive pass interference, a 10-yard penalty that left Tynes with a 54-yarder instead of 44.
The Giants had grabbed a 17-16 lead earlier in the fourth quarter with some big plays from quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning, who is known for his ability to come through in the clutch, tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bear Pascoe with 6:45 left in regulation.
Manning set the stage for the TD with a pair of long passes to Barden and wide receiver Domenik Hixon, respectively, during a five-play, 83-yard drive. Manning hit Barden for 31 yards and then found Hixon for 41 yards on the next play. Both completions came against Asomugha, who had just returned to the field after missing almost two quarters with an eye injury.
The Eagles took a 13-10 lead with 2:07 left in the third quarter on Henery's 48-yard field goal.
Henery was working with a new holder, punter Mat McBriar. McBriar took over that duty in place of punter Chas Henry, who was released last Tuesday.
The Eagles also staged a moving halftime ceremony with a video tribute, laser show and fireworks in honor of former safety Brian Dawkins, who had his No. 20 jersey retired before the game.
Dawkins ended the tribute by grabbing the microphone and leading the crowd in signing the Eagles' fight song, "Fly, Eagles, Fly."
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