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Manning Delivers at End

September 18, 2006|From the Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Eli Manning withstood relentless pressure, endured a pounding and still delivered the knockout punch in overtime.

Manning rallied the New York Giants from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter and threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 3 minutes 11 seconds left in overtime for a 30-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

"It was a huge win," Manning said. "It wasn't the prettiest one. It was downright ugly for us for a while. We couldn't get anything going."

On third and 11 from the Eagles 31, Manning avoided a blitz and lofted a pass to Burress, who out-jumped Sheldon Brown to make the catch and get in the end zone.

"I was tired. I was telling myself one more play," Burress said. "There's no place better to get a win than Philadelphia. It's more gratifying to get a win here than anywhere else."

Safety Brian Dawkins appeared to outfight Visanthe Shiancoe for the ball on a second-down pass by Manning to make an interception during the winning drive. But the play was ruled a catch for New York's tight end. Manning quickly ran off a play before the officials could review the play.

"From my vantage point, I had two hands on it and both feet down and then it carried over to his one arm," Dawkins said. "Nothing you can do about it now."

Dominated through the first three quarters, the Giants tied the score on Jay Feely's 35-yard field goal with seven seconds left.

Manning survived eight sacks and threw for 371 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 31 of 43 passes with one interception.

"This one will be something to remember," Coach Tom Coughlin said.

Manning tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer with 3:28 left in regulation to cut the deficit to 24-21.

After New York (1-1) got the ball at its 20 with 56 seconds left and no timeouts remaining, Manning quickly drove the Giants to the Eagles 32. A personal foul penalty on end Trent Cole moved the Giants 15 yards closer and set up Feely's tying kick.

Donovan McNabb passed for 350 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (1-1), but the offense was shut down early in the third quarter.

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