EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Finally, Vince Youngs Eagles career is all about something other than his ill-advised Dream Team comment back in July.
Now, its all about winning.
Young, making his first start as an Eagle, overcame three interceptions to lead the Eagles to a 17-10 win (see story) over the NFC East-leading Giants Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.
Young threw touchdown passes to former Giant Steve Smith in the second quarter and Riley Cooper with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles win for the first time in three weeks and for the fifth time in a row at the Meadowlands.
With Michael Vick out for at least one game with two broken ribs, Young made his first start in almost exactly a year, since his final game with the Titans.
I had a couple jitters, said Young, a two-time Pro Bowl pick. Its been a while. Overall, I started to calm down and just let the game come to me.
Young completed 23 of 36 passes for 258 yards. After the Giants tied the game at 10-10 early in the fourth quarter, Young went 7 for 9 for 67 yards on an 18-play, 80-yard game-winning drive, capped by an eight-yard TD pass to Cooper that give the Eagles the lead for good.
Young became the first Eagles quarterback to throw three interceptions in a game and still win since Mike McMahon against the Rams in 2005.
As a quarterback, those types of things are going to happen, Young said. But Ive been preaching to our guys all week, we have four quarters. And if Im going to be preaching, if I have a mistake, just get ready for the next series, and thats what I did.
In the first half, Young was 8 for 18 for 89 yards with one TD and two INTs and a 38.7 passer rating.
In the second half, he was 15 for 18 for 169 yards, with one TD and one INT and a 103.2 passer rating.
He just kept firing, head coach Andy Reid said. He got better as he went, and he trusted his ability. Thats important, to have that ability.
Youngs 64 percent completion percentage is second-highest of his career in a game that hes thrown at least 30 passes.
Hes way more accurate than apparently you would think, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. He had some exceptional days at practice during the week, accuracy-wise, and thats why we brought him in. For this exact situation.
Young is now 31-17 as a starter in his NFL career. And because of that, the Eagles are 4-6 and with at least some hope going into the final six games of the season.
Vince is a competitor, offensive lineman Todd Herremans said. Hes out there playing, having a good time. You can tell hes somebody who really, really enjoys playing the game of football.
There is no word yet whether Vick will be healthy enough to play against the Patriots Sunday at the Linc. If not, Young will get start No. 2.
He was great in the huddle, great leadership, played great, LeSean McCoy said. Vince controlled everything.
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