Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/18/14
It was typically wild New York Giants -Philadelphia Eagles battle for first place in the NFC East.  But — just when it looked like Eli Manning was ready to lead the Giants to his 24th come-from-behind-victory of his career — the magic of Eli vanished.  Make that more like 10 important yards disappeared.

The Eagles (3-1) won 19-17 after the Giants (2-2) rally fell short with only seconds remaining in the game.

Ramses Barden — one of the breakout heroes during last week's victory over the Carolina Panthers —came out of this game wearing goat horns after his offensive pass interference set the Giants back a critical 10 yards leaving kicker Lawrence Tynes looking at a 54-yard game-winning field goal attempt instead of a more makable 44-yarder.

Barden had a hand in getting the Giants into winning field goal range in the first place, after two pass interference calls went in his favor, but his penalty was more glaring at the end.



Tynes — who is usually money on last-minute shots — watched as his kick sailed straight towards the middle of the uprights, only to fall about one yard short.  It was Tynes second chance at the game winner after the Eagles called a timeout to ice the kicker and his first attempt went wide left.



Manning wouldn't let Barden take all the blame for the critical penalty.

"We were close.  In field goal range and then had the penalty," said the Giants quarterback. "My throw put Ramses in a bad position.  We fell short."

The Eagles winning score , a 26-yard field goal, was kicked with 1:49 left in the game.

The Eagles still have Big Blue's number. It was the Giants eighth loss in their last nine games to their division rivals.




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