Eagles Beat Giants to Grab Division Lead; Jets, Patriots Win: NFL Week 11

LeSean McCoy’s 50-yard touchdown run with 4:34 remaining lifted the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-17 win over the New York Giants that leaves them alone in first place atop their division.

On a fourth-and-one play, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick bobbled the snap from center and then pitched to McCoy as he was tackled by the Giants’ Osi Umenyiora. McCoy raced to the outside and went untouched to the end zone to put the Eagles back in front after they blew a 16-3 lead at Lincoln Financial Field.

Vick added a four-yard touchdown run and David Akers kicked four field goals as the Eagles improved to 7-3 on the National Football League season with their third straight win. Philadelphia has a one-game lead in the NFC’s East Division over the Giants, who fell to 6-4 and have lost two straight.

“That was big go-ahead in the division,” Vick said during a news conference. “It says a lot about the guys in the locker room and a lot about our organization.”

Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw three interceptions and also lost a fumble at the Eagles’ 40-yard line with 2:51 remaining. He had four of New York’s five turnovers.

The Eagles’ win capped a day in which the New York Jets beat the Houston Texans 30-27 on a six-yard touchdown catch by Santonio Holmes with 10 seconds left. The New England Patriots then tied the Jets atop the American Football Conference’s East Division with a 31-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

At 8-2, the Jets and Patriots are tied for the NFL’s best record with the Atlanta Falcons, who beat St. Louis 34-17.

Early Lead

In Philadelphia, the Eagles opened a 16-3 third-quarter lead even though they were held to one touchdown by the Giants’ defense after piling up a franchise-record 592 yards in last week’s 59-28 win over Washington.

The Giants, held to 95 yards of offense in the first half, scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half to take a 17-16 lead. Manning threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Travis Beckum and then hooked up with Derek Hagan from five yards out with 13:35 to play.

After getting the ball back with 7:52 left, the Eagles drove to midfield and faced fourth down. Instead of keeping the ball in the hands of Vick, who threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores last week, Philadelphia went to McCoy, who finished with 111 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Manning’s Turnovers

Manning fumbled on the Giants’ next possession, leading to Akers’s fourth field goal, and threw his third interception of the game with one second left.

“We have to keep it going, but it feels real good to be where we are right now,” Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said in the locker room.

The Jets have won three in a row and are off to their best start since 1986, when they opened 10-1. Their past five victories have been decided in the closing minutes, including overtime wins the previous two weeks.

“I want to apologize to all of the Jets fans for affecting the heart a little bit, but we’ll take the win,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said during a news conference.

New York built a 23-7 lead at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, before giving up 20 fourth-quarter points. The Jets then drove 72 yards in 45 seconds for the winning score, with Sanchez connecting with Holmes in the corner of the end zone.

Holmes had caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in overtime last week to give the Jets a 26-20 victory in Cleveland.

Patriots Hold On

In Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Patriots led 31-14 in the fourth quarter and then withstood a rally by the Colts and Peyton Manning, who threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns.

Manning threw two scoring passes to Blair White in the final eight minutes before being intercepted by James Sanders at the Patriots’ 6-yard line with 31 seconds left. Manning threw three interceptions for the Colts, who fell to 6-4.

Tom Brady collected his 25th straight win at Gillette Stadium, tying the NFL record for most consecutive home wins by a quarterback set by Brett Favre in Green Bay from 1995-98.

The Buffalo Bills rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 49-31 for their second straight win following a 0-8 start.

The Dallas Cowboys also won their second in a row, beating the Detroit Lions 35-19 as Jon Kitna threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score.

7-3 Teams

Aaron Rodgers threw for four scores as the Green Bay Packers improved to 7-3 with a 31-3 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are also 7-3, with the Steelers defeating the Oakland Raiders 35-3 and the Ravens beating the Carolina Panthers 37-13.

Elsewhere in Week 11 of the NFL season, it was Jacksonville 24, Cleveland 20; Kansas City 31, Arizona 13; Tampa Bay 21, San Francisco 0; New Orleans 34, Seattle 19; and Washington 19, Tennessee 16 in overtime. Chicago beat Miami 16-0 four days ago.

San Diego hosts Denver tonight.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at matuszewski@bloomberg.net.

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