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Lawrence Tynes misses field goal in closing seconds as Giants fall to Eagles

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles runs against

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles runs against Stevie Brown of the Giants during a game at Lincoln Financial Field. (Sept. 30, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA -- Lawrence Tynes' career-long field goal was from 53 yards. That seems to be his limit.

The Giants' kicker missed a 54-yard game-winning attempt by about a yard with 15 seconds left in the Eagles' 19-17 win Sunday night. It came after he missed his first attempt at the long-distance field goal, but a timeout called by Eagles coach Andy Reid gave him a second chance -- which he also missed.

Two pass interference flags against the Eagles covering Ramses Barden put the Giants comfortably in field-goal range just a few moments before the ill-fated attempt, but a third pass interference call -- this one against Barden -- pushed the Giants back 10 yards . . . and one yard beyond Tynes' limit.

"We put ourselves in position a couple of times and didn't get it done," Tom Coughlin said.

The Giants fell to 2-2 and are 0-2 in the NFC East for the first time under Coughlin. The loss spoiled what would have been a thrilling comeback for the Giants, who had already erased a fourth-quarter deficit.

Eli Manning found three of his supporting cast mates to give the Giants a lead in the fourth. He hit Barden for 31 yards, Domenik Hixon for 41 and then, on second-and-goal from the 6, hit Bear Pascoe for his first career regular-season touchdown that gave the Giants a 17-16 lead with 6:45 left.

But the Eagles drove through the Giants' defense with similar ease and took a 19-17 lead when Alex Henery kicked a 26-yard field goal, his fourth of the game. They went 75 yards on 12 plays, faced only one third down, and ate up 4:56 of play to leave the Giants with only 1:49 to try to win the game.

In the third quarter, a tackle by Mathias Kiwanuka at the 1 set up a big momentum turn for the Giants. LeSean McCoy (123 yards) had just popped a 34-yard run to get to the Giants' 23 and was on his way into the end zone on a long run with a cutback toward the middle when Kiwanuka brought him down at the 1. The Giants' defense made it stand.

After stopping McCoy twice, the Giants did it again on third-and-goal from the 1 when Antrel Rolle and Michael Boley pushed him out of bounds and the Eagles had to settle for a 10-3 lead.

Energized by the stop, and aided by a kickoff return from David Wilson (217 return yards, 36.2 average) to the 43, the Giants tied the score at 10 on an eight-play, 57-yard drive that was capped by a 14-yard pass from Manning to Victor Cruz. That tied the score at 10 with 5:28 left in the third quarter. The Eagles kicked a 48-yard field goal with 2:07 left in the quarter for a 13-10 advantage.

The Giants converted a gutsy fourth-and-1 from a shotgun formation as Manning hit Cruz for 30 yards over the middle on the last play of the third quarter, but Manning was intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the end zone on the first play of the fourth. The Eagles turned that first turnover of the game into another field goal for a 16-10 lead with 9:25 remaining.

The two defenses were locked in a brutal, grinding game for most of the first half, pounding the opposing quarterbacks and forcing punts on the first nine possessions of the contest. But it was a defensive misstep that led to the first points of the game.

Osi Umenyiora, who was at his most active this season, made a spinning tackle against his nemesis McCoy on a short pass. That set up third-and-4 from the Giants' 36 and a 10th consecutive punt seemed imminent. But Umenyiora, perhaps too amped up from the play against his buddy McCoy, jumped offsides and gave the Eagles a first down.

That was the impetus the Eagles needed as they turned a potential three-and-out into an 11-play, 70-yard drive that culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Vick to DeSean Jackson.

Notes & quotes: Safety Kenny Phillips left the game in the first half after his right knee buckled under him. The Giants called it a sprain and Phillips did not return.

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