NFL Game Summary - Kansas City at Philadelphia|
(Sunday, September 27th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 34, Kansas City 14
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kevin Kolb threw for 327 yards and two
touchdowns, leading the Philadelphia Eagles in a 34-14 rout of the Kansas
City Chiefs and overshadowing Michael Vick's return to the football field.
Kolb, who also rushed for a touchdown and started for the second straight
week in the absence of the injured Donovan McNabb, completed 24-of-34 passes
and didn't throw an interception for Philadelphia (2-1), which had Vick on the
field for the first time.
"It's just confidence that you can get it done at this level," Kolb said about
how the win affects his mentality. "Although you believe it before, nobody
truly knows, and that's why there's doubt with a young player. I just want to
keep trying to get better."
Vick didn't play an enormous role, appearing in only a handful of plays
mostly out of the Wildcat formation. After serving a two-week suspension to
start the regular season, Vick ran for seven yards on one attempt and did not
complete either of his two pass attempts. It was his first regular season
action since December 31, 2006, when he was with the Falcons; that game was
also played in Philadelphia.
"We wanted to get (Vick) in, just get him back in playing speed of the game,
knock some of the rust off, and I think we accomplished that," Eagles head
coach Andy Reid said.
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was also out due to an ankle injury, and
rookie LeSean McCoy stepped in nicely, running for 84 yards and a touchdown on
20 carries. DeSean Jackson had a huge game, catching six balls for a career-
high 149 yards and a 64-yard score, while Brent Celek added eight receptions
for 104 yards and a touchdown in the resounding victory.
The Chiefs (0-3) didn't have much to celebrate, as Matt Cassel passed for only
90 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-18 attempts. The Chiefs gained only 196
total yards in the game, as Larry Johnson ran for 38 yards on 19 carries and
Jamaal Charles had 36 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards.
"I came into this game opportunistic and thought we had a chance to win," said
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. "We got to be better than we were today, there's
no doubt about it. If you play the way we played and coached the way we
coached, you won't have a chance. We have to do better jobs as coaches."
Kansas City fell to 2-26 in its last 28 games overall.
Vick made his debut on the Eagles' opening drive, lining up at wide receiver
in an I-formation on the second play. He came around for a fake handoff,
and Philadelphia went three-and-out on the series.
"I think I played fairly well," Vick said. "I made good decisions with the
ball. My focus was primarily to be smart and not turn the ball over."
Kansas City's first drive resulted in a punt, and the Eagles took over needing
to travel only 48 yards for the game's first score. On the eighth play of the
set, McCoy took a direct snap and ran for a five-yard touchdown with just over
six minutes left in the first. Vick had a seven-yard run and an incompletion
on the drive.
A three-and-out by the Chiefs followed, and Philadelphia took over at its
own 27 after another punt. Kolb hit Jackson on passes of 10 and 43 yards,
respectively, on the first two plays, and the quarterback snuck into the end
zone from one yard away on the drive's sixth play to make it 14-0 late in the
"Kolb I thought had a good day," Reid said. "Back-to-back 300-yard games.
That's a compliment to the kid. It's always tough in your second game -- a
team has a chance to study (more)."
The Eagles chose to go for it on 4th-and-1 from KC's 44 early in the second
and failed, giving the Chiefs the ball. Kansas City marched down the field and
scored on Cassel's perfect 13-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradley.
Philadelphia answered right away, though, restoring its 14-point lead on
Jackson's 64-yard touchdown catch-and-run on the next offensive play. Jackson
caught a short pass over the middle at about midfield, made several defenders
miss and sprinted up the center of the field for the score.
David Akers added a 29-yard field goal just before halftime to give the Eagles
a 24-7 lead. Akers made another field goal -- from 38 yards away -- six
minutes into the second half for a 20-point margin.
Celek caught a 35-yard touchdown pass with 6:43 left in the game to extend the
lead to an insurmountable 27 points, and Bobby Wade's nine-yard touchdown
catch for KC inside of two minutes to go accounted for the final margin.
Philadelphia leads the all-time series against Kansas City, 4-2 and has won
the last three meetings...Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) did not play for the
Chiefs...Kansas City has lost seven straight games dating back to last
season...Kolb passed for 391 yards last week...KC went 0-for-11 on third down
conversions...Philadelphia had 420 total yards.
09/27 16:56:46 ET