|by Ryan Messick |
Philadelphia has a 14-10 halftime lead over Dallas, with Michael Vick accounting for both touchdowns – one on the ground and one through the air to Todd Herremans. The Cowboys score came on a strike from Jon Kitna to Jason Witten.
The Eagles dialed up a similar play to open tonight’s game against the Cowboys to the one they used in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago. Michael Vick rolled out of the pocket to his left, had plenty of time to step into a bomb to DeSean Jackson and connected for 60 yards on the first play of the game, moving the ball into the Dallas red zone.
LeSean McCoy then converted a key fourth-and-one play before Michael Vick punched it in from one yard out on a quarterback draw, putting the Eagles on top 7-0.
The Cowboys came right back though, putting together a more methodical drive, going 77 yards on 10 plays before Jon Kitna found Jason Witten for a 1-yard touchdown with Ernie Sims trailing in coverage. Dallas ran seven times on the drive for 54 yards, an average of 7.7 per carry.
Both teams were forced to punt on their following drives, though, leaving the score at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. Things stayed quiet for part of the second quarter before the Eagles came to life again.
Once again it was Vick to Jackson for the biggest play of the drive, a 37-yard hookup that moved the Ball from the Dallas 39-yardline all the way down to the two. A few plays later, Vick rolled out and found left guard turned tackle eligible Todd Herremans for a two-yard strike, putting Philadelphia on top 14-7.
After a Quintin Mikell interception on a tipped pass got the Eagles the ball, Vick threw an interception to Gerald Sensabaugh on a bad overthrow for Brent Celek over the middle, giving the Cowboys the ball at their own 32-yardline late in the half. They drove into field goal range, setting up a 50-yard field goal attempt by David Buehler. Andy Reid took a timeout to freeze the kicker, but Buehler still drilled it with :08 remaining. The Eagles took a knee on the final play of the half.
At halftime, Vick is 8-15 for 123 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Vick has also run four times for eight yards and a score. DeSean Jackson has two catches for 97 yards, while Todd Herremans has one catch for a two-yard touchdown. LeSean McCoy has six rushes for 15 yards.
On the Dallas side, Jon Kitna is 12-16 for 92 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Felix Jones has eight carries for 33 yards, while Tashard Choice has five for 13 yards. Jason Witten has two catches for five yards, including a one yard touchdown catch.
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