The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field by the skin of their teeth. Feel free to thank Michael Vick and the offense for this week’s win. It didn’t have to be that close, but apparently the defense decided not to show up, allowing the Lions 32 points.
Michael Vick was amazing in his first start at quarterback since 2006. He managed to take home a win, finally put his past behind him, and show us the pro-bowler we all knew. Vick, who connected with nine teammates, threw for for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 37 yards. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who caught four of Vick’s passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, had high praise for Vick. After the game, he told reporters “A lot of people doubted him and said he wasn’t able to do this. He’s been able to prove everybody wrong.”
The Eagles took an early lead in the first with Vick throwing a beautiful pass and connecting with DeSean Jackson for a 45-yard touchdown putting the Eagles on the board 7-0. The Lions answered back quickly when rookie running back Jahvid Best ran in a 14-yard touchdown tying the game 7-7 heading into the second. Kicker Jason Hanson kicked a 49-yard field goal almost three minutes into the second quarter, putting the Lions ahead 10-7. Best wasn’t far behind, turning a short pass from quarterback Sean Hill into a 75-yard reception, which gave Detroit a 17-7 lead halfway through the second quarter. Vick set running back LeSean McCoy up for his first touchdown of the game when McCoy ran in for 14-yards, cutting the score 14-17 Lions. With under a minute left in the second quarter, Vick connected with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, pushing the Eagles ahead 21-17 going into the half.
Coming back from half-time with a little less than six minutes left in the third quarter, McCoy had a 4-yard run for a touchdown, giving the Eagles a 28-17 lead, which would be the only action they’d see that quarter. The Birds started the fourth quarter with a nice lead, and McCoy showed up big again with a 46-yard touchdown increasing the Eagles lead to 35-17. The Lions began to show signs of life with 6:17 left in the fourth when rookie Jahvid Best scored a touchdown, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 11. Three minutes left in the game, quarterback Shawn Hill passed deep to the middle to wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a touchdown. The Lions then scored on a two-point conversion, making the score 35-32. After the two minute mark, Lions quarterback Shawn Hill threw four incomplete passes. The Lions never gave up, but the game ended with Detroit gaining their second loss in their so far two game season.
Michael Vick proved himself a great quarterback Sunday, so I’m sad to know that when the Eagles play the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday that coach Andy Reid confirmed that Kevin Kolb will resume his position as starter. Reid told reporters after the game that we’ll see more of Michael Vick this year, “We’ve got more play for him than we did a year ago, so he’ll be on the field, it isn’t going to be five or six play this year.” Reid may not be able to see the quarterback controversy, but let’s hope he saw the holes in the defense, and fixes what is obviously broken.
Fly Eagles Fly!
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