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The New York Giants had a chance to win late, but a critical pass interference call pushed them out of field goal range as the Philadelphia Eagles held on in what turned out to be a second-half shootout.
An offensive pass interference call on wide receiver Ramses Barden in the New York Giants' final drive cost them a victory, as Lawrence Tynes was a few yards short on a potential 54-yard game-winning field goal, giving the Philadelphia Eagles a 19-17 win.
Three pass interference calls were made as the Giants ran their two-minute offense to try and get into range for a field goal, trailing by two points. The first two went against Philadelphia, giving New York critical conversions on fourth and third downs. The last went against Barden, as he wrapped his arms around Nnamdi Asomugha while fighting for a reception on a go route near the end zone:
That penalty pushed the Giants back ten yards to the 36-yard line. Although Weatherford's first attempt at the game-winner was wide left, Andy Reid had called a timeout to ice the kicker, allowing another chance. However, the second kick was a few feet short of clearing the crossbar:
That allowed the Eagles to kneel out for the win. Philadelphia moves to 3-1 on the year, with their three wins by a combined four points. The Giants fall to 2-2.
A game that started out as a punting battle in the first half, turned into a shootout with the game coming down to whoever would score last. LeSean McCoy, who only had two rushing yards in the first half, finished with 123 yards, and Eli Manning completed nine of his first ten passes in the second half, including two touchdowns, after a dismal start to the game. Betweeen the two teams, only two second-half drives didn't result in points, both by the Giants.
Manning finished the game with 309 yards passing, while Michael Vick was 19-for-30 with 241 yards while scrambling for 49 yards on six carries.
The Giants started off the fourth quarter inauspiciously: after a fourth-and-inches shotgun pass had them on the opposing ten-yard line, Manning tossed an ill-advised floater that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie easily picked off and took out of the end zone. The Eagles steadily marched down the field, but had to settle for their third field goal in as many drives after Chase Blackburn got to Michael Vick for the first sack of the evening by either side. Alex Henery's 35-yarder gave Philadelphia a 16-10 lead.
Asomugha was able to return to the game after an earlier eye injury on the Giants' next drive, but he was no help. Manning went 3-for-3 passing on a touchdown drive, hitting Ramses Barden on a deep ball for 31 yards, only to follow that up by setting Domenik Hixon loose for a 41-yard gainer. A ho-hum throw to Bear Pascoe out of a jumbo package gave New York its second touchdown of the night, and a 17-16 lead with six and a half minutes to go.
Vick and McCoy got their team into scoring position with ease, but were again stopped for merely a field goal to give the Eagles a 19-17 lead. However, they didn't eat up enough of the clock: Henery's third field goal of the night split the uprights with 1:49 remaining, giving Manning time to move down the field.
The Eagles almost got off the field when Manning's first toss was incomplete and he mishandled the snap on a second down play. He connected with Victor Cruz for nine yards on third down, and a lob to the outside on fourth down resulted in a critical pass interference call on Rodgers-Cromartie, bringing the Giants into Eagles' territory with a fresh set of downs. Two more incompletions brough the Giants to third down, but Asomugha got called for a questionable PI call. Manning would take a deep shot to Barden, but this time, the refs nabbed him for the penalty, setting up the desperation field goal attempts.