Vick Hurt Again; Giants Beat Eagle 29-16

Eli Manning
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Michael Vick wants equal treatment.

Vick blasted the officials after a hard hit from Chris Canty left him with a broken right hand in the Eagles’ 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday.

Vick’s status for next week’s game against San Francisco is uncertain. He started against the Giants despite suffering a concussion in a loss to Atlanta last Sunday.

The Pro Bowl quarterback was injured on a 23-yard completion to Jeremy Maclin in the third quarter.

“I felt I got hit late. No flag,” Vick said. “At some point something catastrophic is gonna happen. Not to blame the refs, but more precautions should be taken. I’m on the ground all the time in the pocket.”

It appeared on replays that Canty hit Vick in the facemask with his helmet. Vick sat on the ground, lifted his helmet off slightly before getting helped up by a teammate and an official.

“Every time I throw the ball, I’m on the ground,” Vick said. “I get hit in the head. I don’t know why I don’t get the 15-yard flag like everybody else does. I’m not trying to blame the refs. I just want them to take notice.”

Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes, including two to Victor Cruz, and the Giants (2-1) snapped a six-game losing streak against their NFC East rival.

Vick helped the Eagles overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 16-14 lead.

Without Vick, the Eagles (1-2) hardly look like the “Dream Team” that entered the season with Super Bowl or bust expectations.

“We just have to be able to keep him healthy,” DeSean Jackson said. “Some things are unfortunate and some things just happen. He’s our guy, our franchise quarterback.”

In their last meeting at the Meadowlands last December, the Eagles rallied from a 21-point deficit with 8:17 left, and won 38-31 on Jackson’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown on the last play.

There weren’t many memorable plays in this one.

“It seems the offense never really got in a rhythm,” center Jason Kelce said. “The last two weeks have been frustrating.”

Manning threw for 254 yards, and Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 86 and had 53 more receiving, including a TD. Filling in for injured receivers Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon, Cruz had three catches for 110 yards and his first two career scores.

LeSean McCoy had 128 yards rushing and one TD for Philadelphia, which has blown two fourth-quarter leads in consecutive games.

After McCoy was stopped for a 3-yard loss by Michael Boley on fourth-and-1 from the Giants 43, Manning drove New York in for the go-ahead score. He tossed a 28-yard TD pass to a well-covered Cruz to put theGiants up 20-16. Jacobs ran in for the 2-point conversion to make it 22-16.

Mike Kafka replaced Vick on the ensuing possession and Aaron Ross intercepted his first pass. Manning connected with Bradshaw for an 18-yard TD pass to put the game away.

Vick finished 16 of 23 for 176 yards and one interception. He ran for 31 yards.

The Eagles dominated time of possession by a nearly 3-1 margin throughout the first three quarters, but didn’t take the lead until the final minute of the third when Alex Henery kicked a 21-yard field goal.

It was a disappointing end to a drive that began at the 10 and stalled at the Giants 1. The Eagles had a first down at the 2 and failed on four runs to get it in. McCoy didn’t get any of those carries at the goal line.

“I thought I would get it,” McCoy said.

Vick left the game for X-rays on his right hand after that drive and was temporarily replaced by Kafka. But he returned during a time out while Kafka was in the huddle and played one more drive before going to the bench.

Steve Smith made a crucial mistake on the first ball that came his away against his former team. Smith left the Giants for Philadelphia and returned ahead of schedule from knee surgery to be ready for Week 1. Vick’s third-down pass on Philadelphia’s first drive hit Smith in the hands and bounced in the air to Ross, who caught it at the Giants 8. Ross returned the interception 19 yards, and Manning needed six plays to lead New York into the end zone.

Rookie linebacker Casey Matthews, who was moved from the middle to the weakside spot earlier in the week, bit badly on a play-fake that allowed Jacobs to get wide open. Manning’s perfect throw hit him in stride and theGiants went up 7-0.

Notes: The Eagles didn’t have defensive ends Darryl Tapp and Juqua Parker. … The Eagles reshuffled all three of their starting linebackers this week, moving each one into a new spot. … Maclin has a hamstring strain.