PHILADELPHIA – Jay Feely’s redemption sent the Philadelphia Eagles out of the playoffs.

Feely’s 36-yard field goal with 3:55 left in overtime lifted the New York Giants to a 26-23 victory that put them closer to the NFC East title and knocked the reigning conference champions out of the playoff chase.

Feely, who cost the Giants a victory in Seattle two weeks ago by missing three late kicks, made four field goals. Tiki Barber had 124 yards rushing and one TD catch and the Giants overcame Eli Manning’s three interceptions in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Osi Umenyiora sacked Mike McMahon and Kenderick Allen recovered McMahon’s fumble at the Eagles 27, setting up Feely’s winning kick four plays later.

“It’s been tough, but when you have tough times you have to rely on your faith,” Feely said. “And that’s what I did the last two weeks.”

Rookie Ryan Moats, filling in for the injured Brian Westbrook, had 114 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Eagles (5-8), who made the NFC title game the last four seasons.

New York (9-4) is one game ahead of Dallas in the NFC East.

David Akers’ 50-yard field goal with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter tied it at 23 after Sheldon Brown intercepted Manning’s pass. Manning threw another pick in the final minute, but the Eagles couldn’t take advantage. His third pick came in overtime, but he had 312 yards passing.

Decimated by injuries and discord, Philadelphia became the fifth consecutive team to miss the playoffs after losing the Super Bowl the previous season. Six of the 10 players that went to the Pro Bowl last year were lost to injuries, free agency or suspension, including Donovan McNabb, Westbrook and the banished Terrell Owens.

AP-ES-12-11-05 1954EST


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