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The Eagles held the Giants scoreless in the fourth quarter and forced four total turnovers in a 36-21 win on Sunday. (USA Today Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Eagles on Sunday collided with a team that actually shoots itself in the foot more than they do.
Good thing for them, it’s also a division opponent.
The Eagles rallied back from a third-quarter deficit to knock out the woozy Giants, 36-21, on Sunday at MetLife Stadium thanks to five field goals from Alex Henery and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Nick Foles, as injured starting quarterback Michael Vick watched from the sideline (see story).
Henery, who had missed in three straight games going into the showdown, made a 41-yarder in the third that put the Eagles up, 22-21. In the fourth, interceptions by Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Boykin and Cary Williams made sure the Eagles wouldn’t be snakebitten by a Manning for the second straight week.
Kendricks picked off a floating pass from Eli Manning and returned it to the Giants’ 25-yard line, setting up a next-play touchdown from Foles to Brent Celek. Boykin then picked off Manning to give the ball back to the Eagles, leading to a five-yard touchdown connection from Foles to DeSean Jackson.
Williams added to the Giants’ downward spiral with the Eagles’ third interception and fourth takeaway overall.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Eagles and positioned them to be tied in first place if Dallas loses at home to unbeaten Denver in the late afternoon game. The Eagles (2-3) and Cowboys would each have two wins, followed by the idle Redskins (1-3) and winless Giants (0-5).
Foles led the Eagles to 17 second-half points, but the team will wait to see what happens with Vick, who left late in the first half with an apparent hamstring injury and never returned despite being listed as questionable.
The schedule seemingly lightens, with another road matchup next Sunday against another winless team, Tampa Bay (0-4), followed by home division games against the Cowboys and Giants.
Close the book on the Giants’ 2013 season. Along with their many injuries, they continued their seasonal habit of one meltdown after another. They also lost starting running back David Wilson early in the game to a neck injury.
The Giants took a brief lead in the third quarter when they scored touchdowns on consecutive drives, both connections from Manning to Reuben Randle, to go up 21-19. But the Eagles answered with a drive that ended with Henery’s fifth field goal, a 41-yarder with 1:01 left in the third for a 22-21 lead.
Henery’s five field goals were the second-most by an Eagles kicker in a game.
Vick led the Eagles in both passing (105) and rushing (79 yards) before leaving just prior halftime with an apparent hamstring injury. Vick had moved the chains for most of the first half but struggled in the red zone, where he was 0 for 4. He’s now 3 for 19 this season in the red zone.
Foles completed 16 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He showed very good timing anticipation with his receivers against the Giants’ man coverage and has now thrown three touchdowns in his past two appearances.
DeSean Jackson snapped his two-game streak of sub 100-yard games to catch seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. He and Foles were in rhythm right away as Jackson averaged 18.9 yards per catch.
Manning passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns, but his three interceptions down the stretch crushed any chance of the Giants’ winning their first game. His first pick came when his pass bounced off his center’s helmet and popped straight into the air.
Second-year linebacker Mychal Kendricks snapped back after some tough games, coming up with two big turnovers. He recovered a Brandon Jacobs fumble in the first half and was responsible for Manning’s first interception, which set up game-clinching touchdown. Also, no major coverage breakdowns.
Giants corner Prince Amukamara committed one of the team’s most egregious penalties, a senseless pass interference on Jackson on the first play of the Eagles’ go-ahead field goal drive in the third that staked the Eagles deep in Giants terrain. Jackson also beat him in the fourth quarter for a five-yard TD.
Michael Vick pulled up slightly lame on a late second-quarter run and finished the drive but came out after the first play of the next possession, after being hit by Jason Pierre Paul. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin left late in the first half for X-rays on his leg but returned to action. Right tackle Lane Johnson left very briefly in the third quarter and was replaced by Allen Barbre but came back.
The Giants lost Wilson in the first quarter on a play that probably should have been ruled a safety for the Eagles. He was examined for a neck injury and never returned.
Did you know?
The Eagles’ 15-point margin of victory was their most since a 26-point win against the Jets on Dec. 18, 2011, a span of 23 games.
QB Matt Barkley, S Patrick Chung, DL Damion Square, CB Shaun Prater, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly, TE Emil Igwenagu.
The Eagles (2-3) play the third of three consecutive road games Sunday against Tampa Bay (0-4) at Raymond James Stadium, the site of their 23-21 comeback win Dec. 9 at the buzzer against the Bucs, authored by Foles and Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles didn’t win another game.