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Vick breaks hand as Eagles fall to Giants 29-16

By Rob Maaddi

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Sept. 26 2011 3:01 a.m. MDT

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, left, leaps into the end zone for a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha defends in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Philadelphia. New York won 29-16.

Michael Perez, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick got a helping hand from an official after a hard shot knocked him to the ground and left him with a broken right hand.

He didn't get the call.

With Vick sidelined again, Eli Manning and the New York Giants wouldn't let the Philadelphia Eagles finish off their comeback.

Manning threw four touchdown passes, including two to Victor Cruz, and the Giants beat the Eagles 29-16 Sunday.

Vick started despite suffering a concussion in last week's 35-31 loss at Atlanta. He left this one in the fourth quarter after helping the Eagles overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 16-14 lead.

It's uncertain how long the left-handed Vick will be out. He'll have a CT scan Monday.

Vick blasted the officials after the game, saying he wants to be treated like other quarterbacks.

"At some point something catastrophic is going to happen," Vick said. "Not to blame the refs or say that it was their fault, it's just one of those unfortunate situations and I just think more precautions should be taken when I'm inside the pocket. If you look at all the replays, I'm on the ground every time and it's unfortunate for myself and it's unfortunate for my team and I'll be lying if I said I wasn't, if I were to sit here and say I wasn't frustrated right now because of that."

Vick got hurt on a hit from Chris Canty after completing a 23-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin in the third quarter. It appeared on replays that Canty hit Vick in the facemask with his helmet. Vick sat on the ground and lifted his helmet off slightly before getting helped up by a teammate and an official.

"There's no reason for me to go into a big dissertation about why I'm not getting the calls," Vick said. "The refs, they have to do their job as well. I even mentioned it in training camp to the refs when we had our little meeting, so just for precaution. But hey, I don't know."

Without their Pro Bowl quarterback, the Eagles (1-2) hardly look like the "Dream Team" that entered the season with Super Bowl-or-bust expectations.

Manning threw a pair of TD passes in the fourth quarter to rally New York. The Giants (2-1) have won two in a row and snapped a six-game losing streak against their division rivals.

"It's always good to beat those guys, especially here," Manning said. "They have good players and we knew we had to come in with the same game plan as last year and just finish it this time."

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

The teams traded a lot of trash talk in the offseason and during the week. The Giants backed it up.

"I think I responded today," Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. "I'm not scared of anyone on the field. I thing it's more mental than physical. They tried to get in my head sticking their hands in my face, blocking me after the play, but if they want to fight, I'll fight anyone, but in between the lines, I'm too smart to get thrown out of the game."

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

Aaron Ross, who was benched in the second half of New York's win over St. Louis last Monday, had two interceptions that led to 14 points.

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

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