Cruz’s first touchdown gave the Giants a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Manning had connected with running back Brandon Jacobs for an earlier 40-yard touchdown. The Eagles scored the game’s next 16 points, getting an 11-yard touchdown run by tailback LeSean McCoy and three field goals by kicker Alex Henery. They led 16-14 in the fourth quarter before Manning finished with two touchdown passes, first to Cruz and then an 18-yarder to running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Jacobs ran for a two-point conversion after Cruz’s second touchdown of the day.
The Eagles had to settle for Henery’s third field goal of the game in the third quarter after getting a first down at the New York 2-yard line. They also failed on a fourth-and-one gamble from the New York 43-yard line in the fourth quarter, with McCoy being tackled for a three-yard loss.
Vick absorbed several jarring hits throughout the game but said he felt no lingering effects from his concussion. He hurt his hand on a third-quarter play on which he was hit by Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty after delivering a pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. That was one of several hits by Giants defenders on Vick during the game that the Eagles thought should have been penalized but weren’t.
“I’m not blaming the referees by any stretch, so let’s not get it twisted here,” Vick said. “I’m just saying I think everybody on the field should do their job.”
Vick said he doesn’t think he gets the same degree of protection by officials on hits that other quarterbacks do.
Vick remained in the game temporarily before being taken to the locker room for X-rays. Backup quarterback Mike Kafka was in the huddle to open the fourth quarter but Vick returned to the field and re-entered the game before Kafka took a snap. Vick played one series in the fourth quarter before giving way to Kafka, who threw a pair of interceptions. Reid went with Kafka over Young, who had been plagued by a hamstring injury but was on the active roster Sunday.
“It’s unfortunate,” Vick said. “You can’t predict what’s going to go on. You don’t know. Things happen and you just have to deal with them, and that’s life.”