Michael VIck had a shaky first half, throwing an interception and seeing a fumble taken the other way for a touchdown. (Photo: Ryan Messick)

Eagles Hold Off Colts, 26-24

The Eagles beat Peyton Manning’s Colts for the first time in his 13-year career, despite some late first half adversity.  Philadelphia’s defense held Manning to 2-for-10 passing to open the second half and Michael Vick racked up 293 yards of total offense and 2 touchdowns in a 26-24 victory.

Philadelphia stormed out to a 13-0 lead after LeSean McCoy broke a 62-yard run on the first play from scrimmage to set up a 9-yard strike from Vick to DeSean Jackson.  The Eagles settled for two red zone field goals of 22 and 21 yards, which nearly came back to bite them.

Late in the first half, the Eagles seemed to have the Colts stopped at their own 45-yardline with a 16-7 lead after a pass for Austin Collie was broken up by a crunching hit by Quintin Mikell and Kurt Coleman.  Instead, a 15-yard personal foul was called on Mikell for hitting a defenseless receiver.  Collie sustained a concussion on the play and stayed on the field motionless for several minutes.

With the air sucked out of Lincoln Financial Field and a frustrated Eagles defense, the Colts drive for a touchdown on a 6-yard run by Javarris James to cut it to 16-14.  Indianapolis tacked on a field goal at the end of the first half to take a 17-16 lead into the break.

The Eagles’ David Akers drilled a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter to regain the lead, 19-17.  In the fourth quarter, the Eagles orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run by Vick to put the Birds on top 26-17.

With Manning running the other offense though, it’s never quite over.  Manning went into the hurry up offense with 5:57 left and drove the Colts 85 yards in 4:07 for another short touchdown run by James to shrink the Eagles lead to 26-24.
With all three timeouts and 1:51 left, the Colts lined up in an onside kick formation but kicked it deep, giving the Eagles a chance to run out the clock.  The Birds gave the ball to DeSean Jackson on an end around, and he moved the chains.  After two more runs, the Birds had 3rd and 2 with 54 seconds left and their own 34 yardline.  Nick Cole was called for a false start though, pushing the Eagles back to 3rd and 7.  With a chance to put the game away, Vick was quickly pressured by a blitz and was sacked for a 0 yard loss by Robert Mathis.  The Colts took their final timeout with 47 seconds left, giving Manning another chance.

A 40-yard punt by Sav Rocca gave the Colts the ball at their own 26 yardline with 40 seconds left, with the game resting on the shoulders of the Eagles defense.  Manning moved the chains with a pass to Jacob Tamme for 14 yards on second down, getting the Colts to the 41 yardline with 27 seconds left.   Manning overthrew a receiver though, and Asante Samuel notched his second interception of the game to seal the win.

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