It was going to be a tough go for the 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles, facing the 4-1 Atlanta Falcons (recognized by many as the NFC's best team) without quarterback Michael Vick(notes) and receiver DeSean Jackson(notes). Vick never made it onto the field with his ongoing rib injury, and Jackson was lost for the game after a brutal collision with Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson(notes).
Still, the Eagles had quarterback Kevin Kolb(notes) and receiver Jeremy Maclin(notes), which was more than enough to propel Philly to a 31-17 win. Jackson had two scores before he was pulled, and Fox's Daryl Johnston (check out our recent podcast with him here) wondered aloud if the Eagles had any more tricks up their collective sleeves.
Kolb's answer: How about a double playfake with an end-around, and a deep pass to Maclin over the heads of two Falcons defenders for an 83-yard touchdown?
Yeah, that'll do. Kolb ended his day with a great statline - 23 of 29 for 326 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
We have to assume that Vick will still be the starter when he's healthy (at least that was Andy Reid's statement the last time we checked), but it's a nice dilemma for the Eagles to have: Two quarterbacks who can truly help their team win games. How many NFL teams would settle for just one of those right now?
- Daryl Johnston