Vick, Jackson led Eagles over ColtsBy ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer Sunday, Nov 7, 2010
Vick threw for 218 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 74 yards and a score in the Eagles’ 26-24 win Sunday.
The Eagles (5-3) are 12-0 after a bye since Andy Reid became coach in 1999. They hadn’t beaten Manning in three previous tries.
While Philadelphia rested last week, the Colts (5-3) had to make a quick turnaround after beating Houston on Monday night. It certainly seemed the Eagles were the fresher team, especially early.
Collie lay on the ground for several minutes as the crowd fell silent. Soon afterward, the announcement came he had movement and was alert.
Playing his first game since injured rib cartilage forced him out on Oct. 3, Vick picked up where he left off when he was NFC offensive player of the month in September. He completed 17 of 29 passes, and scrambled for some key first downs.
Manning threw for 287 yards, one TD and two interceptions. The four-time NFL MVP wasn’t his usual self, misfiring on several passes.
Indy played without cornerback Jerraud Powers(notes), running backs Joseph Addai(notes) and Mike Hart(notes), tight ends Dallas Clark(notes) and Brody Eldridge(notes) and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez(notes).
On their next possession, a holding penalty on Winston Justice(notes) negated a 56-yard TD pass from Vick to Brent Celek(notes). While Celek ran down the sideline, Indy’s Robert Mathis(notes) stood at the spot he was held and kept waving everyone back.
But Vick kept the drive going with a 22-yard pass to Maclin on second-and-26, and a 32-yard run on the next play. A few plays later, Vick sneaked in from the 1 to give Philadelphia a 26-17 lead.
The Colts cut it to 26-24 on Javarris James’(notes) 1-yard TD run with 1:50 left. The Eagles appeared to have thwarted Indy’s drive when Manning got sacked and fumbled on fourth-and-18, but a penalty on Trent Cole(notes) for slapping Manning in the helmet as he reached for the ball gave the Colts a first down.
With three timeouts left, the Colts didn’t try an onside kick. Jackson ran for 11 and 6 yards on consecutive end-arounds, but the Eagles punted it away.
The Eagles scored on their first four possessions, but settled for three field goals after failing to convert inside the 10 three times.
That allowed the Colts to come back from deficits of 13-0 and 16-7 to take a 17-16 halftime lead.
But Jackson lost 8 yards on a screen pass and Akers made a 31-yarder to extend the lead to 16-7.
Collie got hurt on the Colts’ next drive. An unnecessary roughness penalty was called on Quintin Mikell(notes) on the play but should’ve been on Coleman because he delivered the hit to Collie’s helmet.
The Eagles scored a touchdown on their opening possession for the fourth time in eight games. McCoy broke loose for a 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, weaving his way through tacklers before getting pulled down from behind at the Colts 10. One play later, Vick tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jackson.
The Eagles quickly got the ball back when Manning badly overthrew his target and Samuel made an easy interception. Samuel returned it 33 yards to the Colts 9, but Philadelphia couldn’t get in the end zone. Akers kicked a 22-yarder to make it 10-0.
On their next possession, the Eagles went 96 yards only to stall at the 3. A 21-yarder by Akers made it 13-0. Vick threw a perfect deep ball to Jackson for a 58-yard gain on third-and-7 to keep the drive going.