NFL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Detroit
(Sunday, September 19th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 35, Detroit 32
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Michael Vick filled in admirably in his first
start in almost four years as he tossed two touchdown passes to help the
Philadelphia Eagles take a 35-32 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
Vick started in place of an injured Kevin Kolb, who suffered a concussion in
last week's loss to Green Bay, and went 21-of-34 for 284 yards. He added seven
carries for 37 yards for the Eagles (1-1), who dropped a 27-20 game to Green
Bay in the opener at home last week. Vick's last start was on December 31,
2006 when he was with Atlanta.
"It was great being out there today, it was great to have the opportunity to
make plays for this team," said Vick. "We started off slow, but we were able
to fight back and get this win here today."
Kolb failed his concussion testing this past week, but has been cleared to
practice with the team next week. Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid had
previously stated that Kolb will be the starter when he is ready to play.
LeSean McCoy had the best game of his career as he scored three times on the
ground and finished with 16 carries for 120 yards, while DeSean Jackson added
four catches for 135 yards and a score. Jeremy Maclin caught the other
Shaun Hill, making his first start as a Lion due to Matthew Stafford's
shoulder injury last week, went 25-of-45 with 335 yards, two touchdowns and
two interceptions for the Lions (0-2), who lost to Chicago last Sunday, 19-14.
Rookie Jahvid Best continued to impress as he totaled 232 yards from scrimmage
and scored three times. He has scored five of Detroit's six touchdowns thus
far this season.
"You'd take a bad win over a tough loss anytime, and today was a tough loss,"
said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. "There were a lot of situations that
came up today where we didn't have the matchups we wanted. Shaun battled and
put the ball in his spots, but he took too many hits and we need to do a
better job of protecting our quarterbacks."
The Eagles appeared to have control of the game when McCoy scored his third
touchdown of the game on a 46-yard run for a 35-17 lead with 6:17 to play in
Hill, though, quickly marched his squad down the field and covered 80 yards in
just over two minutes with the drive capped on a two-yard run over left tackle
into the end zone by Best to make it a 35-24 game with 4:13 left on the clock.
Detroit forced Philly into a three-and-out and got the ball back at its own 45
with 3:01 to play. On the first play, Best caught a short pass and took it 17
yards into Philly territory. Best added another 12-yard catch and an 11-yard
grab by Brandon Pettigrew got the ball to the 14. After an illegal formation
call nullified a Calvin Johnson touchdown, Hill again found Johnson in the end
zone and Johnson caught the two-point conversion to make it a 35-32 game with
1:50 to play.
On the onsides kickoff, Riley Cooper grabbed the ball, but dropped it and
Detroit recovered at its own 43 with 1:48 left on the clock.
However, four straight incompletions sealed Detroit's fate as the team had to
hand the ball back to Philly and Vick took three straight knees for the win.
Detroit started the game with the ball and advanced into Philly territory, but
on 2nd-and-10 at the 33, Hill lofted a pass into the end zone and Nate Allen
came down with the ball to give the Eagles possession at their own 20.
The Eagles needed just four plays to get into the end zone for a 7-0 lead. On
1st-and-10 at the Detroit 45 after a roughing the passer call, Vick hit
Jackson over the middle and the speedy receiver ran through the defense to
paydirt with 8:39 left in the first.
The Lions responded on their ensuing touch and used the ground game to good
effect. Runs of 13 and 33 yards by Best got the ball deep into Eagles
territory. On the sixth play of the drive, Best took a draw right up the
middle and into the end zone from 14 yards out to tie the game with 5:39 left
in the first.
Facing a 3rd-and-3, Vick heaved a pass down the left sideline and Jackson
came down with the ball for a 35-yard reception that was initially ruled a
catch. The Lions, though, challenged the call and it was overturned, forcing
the Eagles to punt.
Detroit took the lead on its first possession of the second quarter. The team
managed to move just 12 yards over seven plays, but it was enough to get into
scoring position and Jason Hanson's 49-yard field goal gave the team a 10-7
lead with 12 1/2 minutes left in the half.
The Lions limited Philly to just one first down on the ensuing touch and got
the ball back at their own 20. Three plays later, Hill dumped the ball off to
Best in the right flat on a screen play and the running back raced through the
defense to the end zone for a 75-yard score and a 17-7 lead with 8:16 left in
The Eagles answered on their next touch. Facing a 3rd-and-9 near midfield,
Vick avoided the pressure and hit Cooper over the middle for the wideout's
first career catch and a 20-yard gain. Several plays later on second down,
McCoy took a delayed handoff up the middle and into the end zone from 14 yards
out to make it a 17-14 game with 3:53 left in the first half.
Philly's defense held Detroit on the next touch and the team got the ball back
with 1:12 to play. On the third play, Vick heaved the ball down field and
Jackson came down with it for a 53-yard gain. Several plays later, Vick
connected with Maclin just over the goal line for a nine-yard score to give
the Eagles a 21-17 lead heading into the locker room.
After an exchange of punts to start the third quarter, the Eagles padded their
lead with a nine-play drive that covered 65 yards and saw McCoy punch the ball
into the end zone from four yards out with 5:54 left in the period.
Allen has interceptions in each of his first two pro games...Stafford is out
indefinitely with his right shoulder injury...Johnson finished the game with
four catches for 50 yards and the score...Best had nine catches for 154 yards
and a score and 78 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns...The Eagles have
won the past five against Detroit and lead the regular-season series,
14-12-2...Detroit sacked Vick six times for 37 yards in the game...Pettigrew
had seven catches for 108 yards.
09/19 18:41:09 ET
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