The Eagles held off the 49ers 27-24, escaping the West Coast with a much needed win but returning home with a few more injuries. Trent Cole (hamstring), DeSean Jackson (knee strain), Jason Peters (knee sprain), Quintin Mikell and Brodrick Bunkley (elbow hyper-extension) were among the Eagles who left the game at one point or another with injuries. Cole, Jackson and Mikell returned, but Peters and Bunkley did not.
Peters and Bunkley are expected to undergo further examination on Monday. Cole and Mikell were not listed on the post-game injury report.
Kevin Kolb and LeSean McCoy led the offensive effort, as Kolb opened the game 9-of-9 for 92 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek. Kolb finished the night with 253 yards on 21-of-31 passing and the lone touchdown.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid was happy with the play of Kolb. “I thought all in all he managed the game well, he was accurate, there was no hesitation putting the ball in tight holes. He did it with conviction, and I thought he just stepped up and played like we know Kevin can play,” Reid said.
Kolb said he had a lot of confidence coming into this game because of strong preparation. “You could tell the energy level picked up this week in practice,” Kolb said. “Guys were more determined and knew we had to have this one, and we came in here with that mentality, treated it like a business trip all the way over to the West coast and [we're] glad to go back with a W.”
But, don’t start thinking there’s a chance Kolb takes back the top spot from the injured Michael Vick. “Michael Vick is still the starting quarterback, so we won’t get that controversy going there,” said Reid. Vick’s availability for next week’s game against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, is still unknown.
Meanwhile, McCoy ran for 92 yards on 18 carries, including a 29-yard touchdown. The running back, playing with a fractured rib, also caught 5 passes for 46 yards.
“I was in a little bit of pain, but not too much. You’ve got to put all that stuff behind you in a game like this when we needed a big win,” McCoy said. The 22-year-old credited the Eagles trainers and equipment staff for getting him prepared to play through the injury, and his offensive line for limiting the pounding he took.
McCoy said he hopes the pain subsides quickly. “Don’t get me wrong now, it hurts, but I can play with it,” he said. “The good thing is, it won’t take that long to heal, so that’s a good thing.”
That’s especially good given that the Eagles make the cross-country flight home with a few new injuries to deal with. Philadelphia will find out the extent of those injuries tomorrow, but for now the Eagles can enjoy a share of first place in the NFC East with a 3-2 record that leaves them tied with the Redskins and Giants.
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