Giants 26, Eagles 23
Jay Feely's 36-yarder with 3 minutes 55 seconds left in overtime lifted the New York Giants to a 26-23 victory Sunday that put them closer to the NFC East title and knocked the Philadelphia Eagles out of the playoff chase.
Feely cost the Giants a victory in Seattle two weeks ago by missing three late kicks, but made all four of his attempts against the Eagles, who played in the past four NFC championship games.
"It was tough," Feely said. "When the game is on the line and you don't come through, you feel you let your team down."
Feely never looked up to see his failures against the Seahawks playing on the giant video screen behind the end zone.
"The music was eerie so I figured they were playing something like that," Feely said.
Tiki Barber had 124 yards rushing and one touchdown catch, and the Giants overcame Eli Manning's three interceptions in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Osi Umenyiora sacked Mike McMahon, and Kenderick Allen recovered McMahon's fumble at the Eagles 27, setting up Feely's winning kick four plays later.
Rookie Ryan Moats, filling in for the injured Brian Westbrook, had 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Eagles (5-8).
New York (9-4) is one game ahead of Dallas in the NFC East.
David Akers's 50-yard field goal with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter tied it at 23 after Sheldon Brown intercepted Manning's pass. Manning threw another pick in the final minute, but the Eagles couldn't take advantage.
"The first [interception] was a bad decision. The second one was a bad throw," Manning said.
Philadelphia became the fifth consecutive team to miss the playoffs after losing the Super Bowl the previous season.
New York went ahead 20-17 on Feely's 21-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Giants had a first down at the Eagles 2, but couldn't get in.
Feely's 27-yarder made it 23-17, and the Eagles closed to 23-20 on Akers's 36-yarder. Akers hit the crossbar on a 49-yard attempt in the third quarter.
McMahon, starting his fourth game for McNabb, had 190 yards passing and the one turnover, one week after he threw two interceptions that were returned for scores.
After the Giants went up 17-7 on Feely's 24-yard field goal in the second quarter, the Eagles quickly answered with an 80-yard drive that took six plays. Moats went around the left side for an 18-yard touchdown run.
Akers kicked a 42-yard field goal to tie it at 17 at halftime.
Manning's one-yard sneak early in the second quarter gave the Giants a 14-7 lead. A 26-yard run by Barber got New York to the Eagles 1, and Manning scored on fourth down.