Vick steps up, but Rodgers leads Pack over EaglesBy ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Monday, Sep 13, 2010
Filling in for an injured Kevin Kolb(notes), Vick was dynamic. He couldn’t lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a win against Green Bay, but his dazzling performance may create a quarterback controversy just one game into the post-Donovan McNabb(notes) era.
The score was almost an afterthought because Kolb struggled and Vick was so impressive in his first extended action during meaningful minutes in nearly four years. With Kolb sidelined by a concussion, Vick threw for 175 yards, ran for 103 and resembled the guy who went to three Pro Bowls in six seasons with Atlanta.
“I thought Michael was phenomenal,” coach Andy Reid said. “He brought the team back, he kept his poise.”
Still, Reid said it’s Kolb’s job when he’s healthy.
“I’m not looking to the future,” Reid said. “I’m trying to get (the offense) fixed so that we can win some football games here.”
Vick’s last NFL start came on Dec. 31, 2006, in Philadelphia. He missed the next two seasons while serving an 18-month sentence in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting operation. Vick signed a two-year contract with the Eagles last summer, and saw limited action mostly in a variation of the wildcat formation.
He finally got his chance, and made the most of it.
“I feel like if I had been out there for four quarters, maybe we would’ve had a chance to win the game,” Vick said.
The Packers (1-0) were a popular preseason pick to reach the Super Bowl, and they began their quest for a 13th NFL title with a tough win in a hostile environment.
“It was a gutty performance by our team,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We are fortunate and pleased to win.”
After a slow start, the Packers got going late in the second quarter and scored on three straight possessions.
Ryan Grant(notes) ran 13, 8 and 18 yards to spark an 86-yard drive. Greg Jennings(notes) kept it going with a leaping, one-handed catch for a 16-yard gain on third-and-9. Rodgers then tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Donald Driver(notes) to give the Packers a 10-3 lead.
“They were fine,” Reid said. “All the questions, they answered, and the things they did with the doctors registered well.”
Reid said both players were pulled because they didn’t feel any better.
Vick scrambled 23 yards on the first play of the third quarter. One play later, Vick connected with Eldra Buckley(notes) for 10 yards. But Buckley fumbled and Charles Woodson(notes) recovered at the Packers 38.
It was vintage Vick on a 31-yard run to the Packers 2. He eluded a sack, then spun away and sprinted down the left sideline before getting tackled. After a penalty, LeSean McCoy(notes) ran in from the 12 to cut it to 20-10.
Rodgers connected with Jennings on a 32-yard TD pass to give the Packers a 27-10 lead late in the third—but Vick brought the Eagles right back.
The Eagles had a chance in the final minutes, but Vick got stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Packers 42.
Philadelphia also lost Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver(notes) to a torn knee ligament. He’ll miss the rest of the season. Center Jamaal Jackson(notes) left with a torn biceps, and likely will also be gone for the remainder of the year.
He started slow, bounced a couple passes and threw an interception before finding his rhythm on Green Bay’s third possession. Rodgers finished with 188 yards passing and threw two interceptions.
“I played terrible. It was as bad as I can play. I’ve got to be better,” Rodgers said. “I missed a lot of throws. The defense played good. We made enough plays to win. I personally made too many dumb mistakes.”