Philadelphia Eagles fullback Owen Schmitt (R) celebrates his touchdown against the
Houston Texans with teammate Todd Herremans (79) late in the fourth quarter. The 5-yard
TD pass from Michael Vick finished off another brilliant drive that elapsed 5:52 off
the clock and went 72 yards. Brent Celek's second effort 19-yard reception was key
to the entire scoring drive after Andy Reid challenged the play and won, which gave
the Eagles a first and goal from the 5-yard line instead of 4th-and-1 from the 6. Replays
clearly showed Celek reaching for the first down before his body touched the ground.
Schmitt's TD catch made it 34-24 with just 4:18 left in the game.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
Eagles kicker officially appeared in his 184th game, breaking Brian Dawkins'
franchise record. This was Michael Vick's first career win in the regular
season when the game time temperature was below 40 degrees. His record now
stands at 1-4. The Eagles scored a TD on their first possession for the sixth
time this season and scored TD's on their first 2 possessions for the third
time. The Eagles are now 51-2 under Andy Reid in games which they scored
30-plus points, now including 4-0 this season. Eagles kicker also recorded
his 19th touchback of the season in the first half. Last year, he had just 11.
Lastly, the Eagles came into the game ranked last in the NFL in red-zone offense.
Last night, they were 4-for-6 in red-zone offense, scoring 4 TD's and 2 FG's.
Vick's 302 Passing Yards Keys Fourth |
Quarter Comeback Against The Texans.
On a cold, windy night in South Philadelphia, the Eagles dispatched a pretty good Houston Texans
team that is in a fight to make the playoffs. The Texans fell to 5-7 and now trail the division
leading Jaguars by 2 games. But for Philly, they improved to 8-4 and remained tied for first place,
but have destiny in their own hands and if they continue to win, the Birds will be in the playoffs
come January. They have two tough road games against NFC East rivals in the next two weeks. First
they travel to Dallas, but have 10 days to prepare or rest as Andy Reid gave the team off until
Wednesday. Then the game that will almost certainly determine the division winner as the Eagles
will play those New York Football Giants at the new Giants Stadium. These two very physical games
loom on the horizon, but if they can win both, they will not only be in great position for the
playoffs, but also be in position for a first-round bye. Win these two games and maybe those last
two games are also gimmies as they should not matter much to their opponents either as Minnesota
and the Dallas Cowboys will both have nothing to play for as the season ends for both franchises.
Both games will also be play at the Linc in abnormally cold winter conditions. That first round
bye would be pretty important to the Eagles as Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and Asante Samuel all
need some rest. And then that unlucky playoff team would have to face a well-rested Vick-led team
at the Linc.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
After a touch game last week in Chicago, Vick rediscovered his magic, completing 22 of 33 passes
for 302 yards, 2 TDís and an INT, plus Vick added a rushing TD along with 48 rushing yards. Vick
got Philadelphia out to a quick start as the Eagles jumped out to a 17-3 lead on their first 3
possessions. Last week, they were trailing 14-3 against the Bears. Eventually, they were down
31-13 in the fourth quarter. Vick led a furious comeback that just fell short. Last night was
different as the Birdsí first two drives ended with touchdowns; the first went 88 yards in 11
plays and the second went for 72 yards also in 11 plays. LeSean McCoy scored both TDís, the first
one as Michael Vick rolled out of the pocket to his left (his throwing side) and easily found
McCoy wide-open for the easy 1-yard score. The second McCoy TD was a simple off-tackle 4-yard run.
And even though their third possession ended with a 36-yard FG, Vick still looked good finding
Jeremy Maclin on 2 long passing plays of 34 and 12 yards respectively. The Eagles added another
FG just before halftime after Texans QB Matt Schaub found a wide-open Trevor Laws as the Eagles
DT surprisingly held onto the intercepted pass and rumbled for another 13 yards before he was
stripped, but it was recovered by the Eagles Trevard Lindley. If not for a couple of dropped
passes for easy TDís, one by Jason Avant (again) and the other by Brent Celek, the Eagles could
have had an even larger lead than just 20-10 going into the locker room.
Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub had okay numbers at halftime, as he completed 6-of-13 passes for
117 yards with the 1 TD and 1 INT. Schaub came out on fire to start the second half. The Texans
first possession in the third quarter ate up 6:11 off the clock as Houston drove the field for
79 yards on 11 plays. The coup de gr‚ce came as the NFLís leading rusher in Arien Foster ran the
last 13-yards for the TD to cut the Eagles lead to 20-17. After a few more plays, Vick tried to
go deep to Maclin, but the Texans Jason Allen made a great diving catch as he intercepted the Vick
pass at his own 14-yard line. The play essentially ended up as a long punt with no return. The
Eagles defense however, could not stop the Texans as they drove the entire field again, which once
again ended with another Foster TD run and then all of the sudden, Houston led 24-20 with 54
seconds left in the third quarter. Being there live, it started to feel a little colder as Houston
stunned the Eagles a bit. But Philadelphia was not finished quite yet.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Texans place-kicker Neil Rackers botched the kickoff as the ball ended
up with Clay Harbor returning the ball out to the 40-yard line. Michael Vick took the good field
position and quickly drove the offense quickly towards another scoring drive. He found Jackson open
for a long 33-yard completion. Two plays later, Vick was diving into the end zone and Philly retook
the lead at 27-24. Then the Eagles defense stiffened and forced a punt. The Eagles retook possession
on their own 28-yard line with just over 10 minutes left in the game. Andy Reid surprised us all with
some ball-control offense. McCoy led the attack as he took a short screen pass and gained 40 yards
down to the Houston 29-yard line. In came Jerome Harrison and the newest running back bashed his way
to a first down on 2 straight runs. That setup the gameís clinching play as the Eagles had a
3rd-and-19 situation after two penalties. Vick completed a pass to Brent Celek short of the first
down marker, but the tight end made a valiant effort as he twisted his body to a first down. And
though the officials originally ruled Celek short, Reid finally threw the red hanky to challenge
the call on the field as his players begged him to do just that. And the zebras agreed as they
awarded the Eagles with first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. Vick then ran to his left and easily
completed a short pass to a wide-open Owen Schmitt for the backbreaking TD and the Eagles were
well on their way to a 34-24 victory. Next up are those unpredictable Dallas Cowboys, but the
Eagles will have plenty of rest before the game next Sunday night at the new Jerry Jones palace.