NFL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington|
(Sunday, October 16th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 20, Washington 13
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles put
it together long enough to end their four-game losing streak.
It was the Washington Redskins who had a quarterback problem.
Vick threw for 237 yards and a touchdown, LeSean McCoy rushed for 126 yards
and a score and Kurt Coleman had three interceptions in Philadelphia's 20-13
win over the Redskins on Sunday.
While Vick came out for two plays after a hard hit, Redskins starter Rex
Grossman came out for good after throwing four interceptions in three
John Beck led an 80-yard touchdown drive, scoring himself on a two-yard run
late in the game to get Washington within 20-13. But the Eagles (2-4) picked
up a first down on 3rd-and-inches inside two minutes and Vick kneeled the
clock down to end the game and the team's month-old losing streak.
The Redskins (3-2) were coming off a bye and lost for the second time in three
games. They scored 10 unanswered points while shutting Philadelphia out during
the second half, but couldn't overcome a mistake-prone first two quarters.
The Eagles scored 10 points off two Grossman interceptions in a dominant first
half. They picked up 16 first downs and held the ball for more than 21 minutes
in the half, outgaining the Redskins 250 yards to 75.
It was the type of performance many expected from the Eagles before dreadful
losses to the Falcons, Giants, 49ers and Bills had them on everyone's most
The win will take some of the pressure off Eagles head coach Andy Reid heading
into a bye.
Earlier in the week, two Eagles players made headlines after they asked fans
to remove a sign accross the street from the team's practice facility that
called for Reid's firing.
"When you stink, they're going to let you know," Reid said of Philadelphia
fans. "They had all kinds of right to do that. I'm OK with it."
Meanwhile, the first four Redskins possessions ended in either a punt or an
interception until Graham Gano kicked a 50-yard field goal before halftime.
Grossman was 9-of-22 for 143 yards before leaving and Beck, who lost the
battle to be starter in the preseason, went 8-of-15 for 117 yards.
"No. 1, we needed a spark and John's been practicing very well the last couple
of weeks. And with four turnovers, we thought it was time to make a change and
give John an opportunity," said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
Fred Davis caught six passes for 95 yards and was targeted almost twice that
Coleman was the first Eagle since 1966 -- and 11th in team history -- to have
at least three interceptions in a game. His second and third picks came on
back-to-back Redskins possessions late in the third quarter.
"This isn't just me up here standing. This is the whole defense," Coleman said
during his postgame comments. "We played as a team and I really felt like
everybody was doing their job. We stopped the run, which forced them to throw
Before Coleman's last two picks, Vick came out for two plays after taking a
hit from LaRon Landry. Vince Young, in his first regular season action as an
Eagle, was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall on the second play.
After Beck's touchdown, the Eagles thought McCoy had a first down on a run to
the outside, challenging the spot on the field. After it was upheld, Vick got
the inches they needed for a first down to all but end the game.
"We just wanted to put a complete game together," said Vick. "I'm proud of our
guys for sticking [with it] and fighting. We thought there were some things we
could have done better, put more points on the board, but the Redskins have a
good defense so I'm glad to just come out with a victory."
Although McCoy didn't get the first down on that play, he celebrated like he
did. He jumped to his feat and punched Reid in the stomach.
A quick start Sunday ensured the Eagles wouldn't suffer another gut-punch
Vick and Brent Celek hooked up for a seven-yard TD in the first quarter for a
7-0 lead, capping an 82-yard drive which was set up by Coleman's first
interception. The drive was moved along by an unnecessary roughness penalty,
a roughing the passer penalty and a fourth down conversion inside the
Philadelphia went 72 yards for another touchdown on its next possession, with
McCoy picking up 21 of them on a run to the eight-yard line. McCoy scored on a
one-yard run to the left on third down early in the second quarter.
Celek's juggling 21-yard catch on first down help set up Alex Henery's 28-yard
field goal for a 17-0 lead. The ball popped out of Celek's hands, but he
tipped it to himself as he was falling and squeezed it to his chest.
Nate Allen intercepted Grossman on the next play from scrimmage after Henery's
field goal and Vick escaped a sack to scramble 25 yards on first down, leading
to a 24-yard field goal to make it 20-0 with 2:27 left in the half.
Mike Patterson then sacked Grossman on third down for a loss of eight, but
Gano kicked a 50-yard field goal to get the Redskins on the board.
Jabar Gaffney had a 45-yard catch on the first play of the second half and
Gano kicked a 26-yard field goal to get Washington within 20-6.
Landry's hit on Vick left the quarterback with a chunk of grass sticking out
of the top of his facemask. Young, who suffered a hamstring injury in the last
preseason game, scrambled right and was hit as he threw the ball directly to
Hall for a pick.
Coleman's interception two plays after that gave the Eagles the ball back
but Vick was incomplete on a 4th-and-2 pass to Jason Avant. Coleman's
third pick came three plays later.
"There are so many times in this league that you face adversity for one reason
or another," said Grossman, "that you have to go back to your core belief of I
believe in myself ... that every single play I'm going to get it done."
It was the first meeting between the teams since Vick threw for 333 yards and
four touchdowns and ran for two TDs in a 59-28 rout on Monday night during
Week 10 last year. The Eagles had a team-record 592 total yards in that
game...Before McCoy's TD, rookie running back Dion Lewis almost had his first
NFL touchdown but the call was reversed and the ball placed near the one-yard
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