Alex Henery missed field goals the past three weeks, but he redeemed himself in Sunday’s 36-21 win over the New York Giants by connecting on all five of his field goals.
“My confidence was still there, but it does feel good to have a good day of kicking out there,” Henery said. “Ninety percent of the kicking game is confidence, so it’s just one of those things it helps out.”
Henery hit field goals of 27, 29, 36, 40, and 41 yards. He’s now 12-of-15 this season and 86.3 percent in his career. Both Kelly and special teams coordinator Dave Fipp pledged confidence in Henery during the week, and refuted any questions about patience wearing thin.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in Alex,” Kelly said. “He’s been really consistent. I think myself and him are probably the most surprised with those three misses that we had this year.”
Fipp and Henery focused on his mechanics during the week, and the results were evident. All his kicks on Sunday were within 41 yards. There’s more of a test when the kicks go from a longer distance.
“It’s just one of those things, they come when they come,” Henery said. “You don’t have control of it, and when they come, hopefully you make them.”
Eagles tight end Brent Celek recorded his second touchdown of the season, topping his one-touchdown total from 2012. The Eagles are counting on Celek as their top tight end, and his touchdown was a nice catch in the back corner of the end zone.
“It was kind of a player where I sneak out the back,” Celek said. “They actually covered it decently. I was just able to kind of get behind them and Nick [Foles] made a great throw. It was one of the better catches I think I’ve made.”
Celek now has 10 receptions for 178 yards this season.
The Giants started former Eagles first-round pick Mike Patterson on Sunday. Patterson finished with one tackle for a loss. He chased Vick on the play when Vick injured his hamstring.
In the stadium’s tunnel after the game, a few players and even Kelly stopped to say hello to Patterson.
“It felt good to see those guys,” Patterson said. “It wasn’t strange at all. I played with those guys for a long time. Of course, I wish they were teammates still. But I’m excited for those guys. They’re still in the league, and I’m proud they’re in the league.”
Patterson had a big stop on LeSean McCoy on one third-down play, and McCoy knew it was Patterson right away.
“I messed with him a little bit,” McCoy said. “He’s the Giants now, and that’s all that matters.”
Patterson and Cullen Jenkins both played prominent roles for the Giants. The losing has followed them to North Jersey. Patterson said this situation is different than last season, when he dealt with personal issues. But he’s hoping the Giants can turn around their 0-5 start.
“It’s definitely a tough thing,” Patterson said.
Linebacker Connor Barwin left the game in the first half to get X-rays on his left leg, but he returned in the second half. ...Safety Patrick Chung was inactive for the second consecutive week with a shoulder injury. Earl Wolff started in his place. …The other inactives were quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Shaun Prater, lineman Matt Tobin, lineman Dennis Kelly, defensive lineman Damion Square, and tight end Emil Igwenagu.
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