Giants vs. Eagles: Philadelphia Escapes with 19-17 Victory After Wild Finish

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 19-17 in a wild finish to move to 3-1 and gain sole possession of first place in the NFC East four weeks into the NFL season.

The final drive of the game was a bizarre one. After two straight defensive pass interference calls against the Eagles, Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden was whistled for dragging down Nnamdi Asomugha inside the 5-yard line with just under 15 seconds to play.

That set up Lawrence Tynes for the game-winning 54-yard try. The Giants' fate should have been sealed when Tynes proceeded to miss wide left, but New York was blessed with another shot, as Andy Reid just did manage to get the timeout in before the snap. Tynes, however, fell just short in his next attempt.

Before we get into the rest of the game, check out full highlights here:

The game was special for Philadelphia in a number of ways. Not only did they earn the victory, but they honored former All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins at halftime. Check out his entrance to Lincoln Financial Field:

Overall, the game was a vast improvement for Philadelphia. After being plagued by turnovers through the season's first three weeks, Michael Vick and company didn't turn the ball over one time against their division rivals.

The offenses on both sides, however, struggled. DeSean Jackson's 19-yard touchdown with 1:53 remaining in the second quarter were the first points on the board.

Giants kicker Tynes knocked home a 26-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining, but that was the extent of the first-half scoring.

The second half was better, although not by much. Eagles kicker Alex Henery hit a 20-yard kick just over five minutes into the third quarter, only to see Manning follow that with a 14-yard strike to Victor Cruz at the 5:33 mark.

Henery would hit one more field goal from 48 yards to give his squad a 13-10 lead entering the game's final frame.

He followed that up with his third field goal of the night—giving his team a 16-10 lead with 9:29 remaining—before Manning made things very interesting with a six-yard TD toss to tight end Bear Pascoe.

That gave the Giants the 17-16 lead, but Vick and McCoy weren't having any of that. They consistently cut through the New York front seven en route to another Henery field goal, giving them a 19-17 lead with 1:49 remaining.

Vick made very solid decisions overall. He finished 19-of-30 passing for 231 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 49 yards, but his zero interceptions were the most important part.

He also received 123 yards of support from his dazzling ball-carrier, LeSean McCoy. McCoy, once again, demonstrated why he is deserving of more touches in the Eagles offense with yet another solid showing.

The Eagles defense was able to make Manning look robotic at times:

But, overall he gave an admirable effort. The Giants signal-caller finished the day with 309 yards on 24-of-42 passing and two touchdowns. He was able to hit Domenik Hixon and Victor Cruz for a combined 15 catches, 223 yards and one touchdown, pacing their aerial attack.

New York didn't get much ground support, but that was to be expected—earning any yards against the stout Eagles defense is always going to be tough.

Philadelphia is now 3-1 entering next week's clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Giants, meanwhile, will have a chance to right the ship against the Cleveland Browns.