|Published:||Sep 30, 2012 10:08 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 01, 2012 6:32 AM EDT|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson late in the second quarter and Philadelphia Eagles took a 7-3 lead over the New York Giants at halftime Sunday night.
Defense dominated early in this matchup of NFC East rivals.
Vick was 11 for 19 for 132 yards and the turnover-prone Eagles (2-1) protected the ball. The Eagles led the NFL with 12 turnovers through three games.
Eli Manning completed just 14 of 26 passes for 151 yards.
The defending Super Bowl champion Giants (2-1) have struggled against Philadelphia, losing seven of the last eight meetings.
Hoping to establish the run, the Eagles had no success giving the ball to All-Pro LeSean McCoy. He had six carries for 2 yards.
But Philadelphia used a no-huddle offense to drive 70 yards on 11 plays for the only score. The Eagles converted three third downs on the series, including Vick's TD pass to Jackson on third-and-9.
The Giants answered quickly, though.
Starting from their 13, the Giants moved 81 yards in 1:42. Manning hit Domenik Hixon for 32 yards on the first play. The drive stalled at the 6 and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 25-yard field goal.
A penalty cost the Giants an opportunity inside the red zone in the first quarter. Left tackle Will Beatty, starting because David Diehl is injured, was called for holding to negate a 38-yard catch by Martellus Bennett to the Eagles 11.
The Giants were coming off a convincing 36-7 win at Carolina 10 days ago. The Eagles lost 26-7 at Arizona last week.
Already missing two starters (Diehl and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks), the Giants lost safety Kenny Phillips in the middle of the quarter with a knee sprain. His return was questionable.
Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha left in the second quarter with an eye injury and his return was uncertain.
Before the game, the Eagles retired the No. 20 worn by Brian Dawkins for 13 seasons from 1996-2008. The hard-hitting safety went to eight Pro Bowls and was a four-time All-Pro in 16 years with Philadelphia and Denver.
Dawkins, one of the most revered athletes to play in this sports-crazed city, sent the sellout crowd at the Linc into a frenzy when he ran out of the tunnel during pregame introductions. Wearing his green No. 20 Eagles jersey, Dawkins did his unique, crawling, gyrating entrance. He then joined the captains at midfield for the coin toss.
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