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Eagles Beat Giants 19-17 as 49ers Rout Jets, Cards Get to 4-0

October 01, 2012

Packers Drop Saints to 0-4

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers breaks away from Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints to run for a first down at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photographer: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles held on for a 19-17 win over the division-rival New York Giants as Lawrence Tynes missed a 54-yard field goal with 10 seconds left.

Alex Henery kicked four field goals for the Eagles, including a 26-yarder with one minute, 49 seconds remaining at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia last night. The Eagles’ three wins have come by a total of four points.

The Giants drove to Philadelphia’s 26-yard line in the closing seconds before an offensive pass interference penalty on receiver Ramses Barden cost New York 10 yards and forced a longer kick. Tynes pulled the first attempt to the left and got a second chance because Eagles coach Andy Reid called timeout just before the ball was snapped. When Tynes’s second kick fell short, it gave the Eagles their seventh win in the past eight regular-season meetings against the Giants.

“Football can take years off your life,” said Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, whose 19-yard scoring pass to DeSean Jackson just before halftime was Philadelphia’s lone touchdown. “We pulled it out.”

The Green Bay Packers dropped the New Orleans Saints to 0-4 with a 28-27 victory yesterday, while the San Francisco 49ers routed the New York Jets 34-0 and the Arizona Cardinals won in overtime to start the National Football League season 4-0 for the first time since 1974.

The Packers rebounded from their controversial Week 3 loss in Seattle as Aaron Rodgers passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers withstood a 446-yard, three-touchdown game by Saints quarterback Drew Brees and held on for the win as Garrett Hartley missed a 48-yard field goal with 2:49 remaining.

Undefeated Cardinals

The Cardinals stayed unbeaten by overcoming the Miami Dolphins 24-21 on Jay Feely’s 46-yard field goal in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals tied the game on Kevin Kolb’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter and set up the winning kick by intercepting a pass from Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill on the second overtime possession. Tannehill had 431 passing yards.

The Houston Texans also improved to 4-0 for the first time with a 38-14 win against the Tennessee Titans, while the Atlanta Falcons remained unbeaten through four games after a 30-28 win against the Carolina Panthers.

The New England Patriots scored 35 straight second-half points as they rallied to a 52-28 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots, who trailed 14-7 after 30 minutes, became the first NFL team since the 1950 Giants to score at least 45 second-half points in a game they trailed at halftime.

Other Scores

Elsewhere it was the Washington Redskins 24, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 22; the Minnesota Vikings 20, the Detroit Lions 13; the San Diego Chargers 37, the Kansas City Chiefs 20; the Cincinnati Bengals 27, the Jacksonville Jaguars 10; the Denver Broncos 37, the Oakland Raiders 6; and the St. Louis Rams 19, the Seattle Seahawks 13.

The Week 4 schedule, which opened four days ago with the Baltimore Ravens’ 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns, concludes tonight with the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Chicago Bears in a matchup of teams with 2-1 records.

Yesterday’s games came a day after referees approved an eight-year labor deal with the NFL. The sides reached agreement, ending a lockout that began in early June, two days after a national outcry began over a touchdown call by replacement officials that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 final-play victory over the Packers on Sept. 24.

The Packers blew a 21-7 second-quarter lead at home yesterday before rallying to take a one-point lead on Rodgers’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson with seven minutes left.

Packers’ Win

Green Bay (2-2) then held on for the win after a blown call by the regular officials. Television replays showed the Saints’ Darren Sproles fumbled the ensuing kickoff, yet he was ruled down before the ball came out and New Orleans retained possession. The Saints drove to the Packers’ 25-yard line and Hartley’s successful 43-yard field goal was nullified by a holding penalty and he pulled the next attempt wide right.

In Philadelphia, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw his second touchdown pass -- a six-yarder to Bear Pascoe -- to give the visitors a 17-16 lead with 6:45 remaining.

The Eagles, who won each of their first two games of the season by one point, then drove 75 yards to set up Henery’s winning kick. The Giants benefited from two defensive pass interference penalties on their last drive to move into Eagles’ territory before Barden was flagged near the end zone.

“This is Eagles-Giants, it had to come down to the end,” said Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who ran for 123 yards.

Jets’ Struggles

At MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Jets were held to 145 yards of offense and had four turnovers in getting shut out at home for the first time since a 9-0 loss to the Packers on Oct. 31, 2010.

The Jets’ defense allowed 245 rushing yards, their most since giving up 296 against the Redskins in 2007. The score could have been worse had 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick not slid at the Jets’ 3-yard line in the closing seconds to avoid scoring another touchdown after breaking away for a 30-yard run.

“Our fans deserved a heck of a lot better than this,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said at a news conference. “We had a packed stadium and we played terrible.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.


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