Even after the Cowboys responded, down 30-20, with a 9-play, 80-yard drive ending in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kitna to Witten, the Eagles remained calm and collected.
LeSean McCoy put the game away by running four times for 50 yards on the final drive of the night, allowing the Eagles to run out the final 4:22. McCoy, by the way, racked up a career high 149 yards on the ground.
With the win, Philadelphia improves to 9-4 and moves a half game ahead of New York, which plays tomorrow night against Minnesota. If the 8-4 Giants lose, the Eagles could clinch the division with a win next week in the New Meadowlands. Either way, the Eagles had a wildly productive day, benefitting from losses by the Bears and Packers. They’ll still focus on their own business.
“Obviously, it’s very tough going down the stretch,” Vick said. “You’ve got to play your best football in December and we’ve still got a tough schedule ahead of us.”
Middle linebacker Stewart Bradley dislocated his elbow, and could miss the rest of the regular season, according to head coach Andy Reid. He’ll have an MRI in the morning
Defensive end Brandon Graham has a knee sprain, wide receiver DeSean Jackson has an ankle sprain and linebacker Keenan Clayton strained his hamstring.
Right tackle Winston Justice and cornerback Asante Samuel both missed the game with knee sprains.
Jackson’s 210 yards were the third highest single-game total in team history, behind Tommy McDonald’s 237 in 1961 and Kevin Curtis’s 221 in 2007. Coincidentally, Jackson and Curtis’s performances both came against teams quarterbacked by Jon Kitna.
Jackson became the third player in NFL history to put up more than 200 receiving yards with four or fewer catches, joining Washington’s Gary Clark, who did it in 1991, and New York’s Choo Choo Roberts, who accomplished the feat in 1949. Clark caught four passes for 203 yards while Roberts caught four for 201, making Jackson’s 210 receiving yards the most for any player with four or fewer catches in a game in NFL history.
Todd Herremans caught the second touchdown pass of his career, setting an Eagles record for touchdown catches by an offensive lineman.
Jackson became the eighth player in NFL history to go over 900 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons. Gary Clark, Joey Galloway, Ernest Givens, Bob Hayes, John Jefferson, Randy Moss and Jerry Rice were the others. Jackson is the first in a decade, as Moss was the most recent from 1998 to 2000. He has 972 yards so far this season, with three games remaining.
LeSean McCoy ran for a career high 149 rushing yards, and now has 2,455 yards from scrimmage in his two-year career. McCoy passed Jackson (2,312) for the Eagles’ record.
The Eagles scored a touchdown on their opening drive for the seventh time this season. They are 7-0 in those games and lead the league with 49 opening drive points. Philadelphia is 15-1 over the last two years when scoring on the first drive.
Vick ran for his seventh touchdown of the season, breaking the record for rushing touchdowns by an Eagles quarterback in a season. Randall Cunningham had six in 1988 and Donovan McNabb had six in 2000.
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