The Eagles must have felt like they stepped into the twilight zone this week. A Tuesday night loss to a 5-9 Vikings squad led by Joe Webb will do that to you. Philadelphia fell behind 17-7 late in the third quarter and couldn’t find another miraculous comeback, falling 24-14.
The first half was a slow start for both teams, perhaps due to the extra 48 hours of waiting thanks to a snow delay. Philadelphia got on the board in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Clay Harbor, but things went awry during a two-minute drill. Vick dropped back to pass and had the ball knocked out of his hands by Antoine Winfield, who picked it up and ran 45 yards to the end zone to tie the game at 7-7 before halftime.
The Vikings picked up a big play to open the second half, as Webb connected with Percy Harvin for a 46-yard bomb over Dimitri Patterson, moving the ball to the Egales’ 28-yardline. Minnesota was all the way down to the Eagles’ two before a sack forced them to settle for a field goal.
The Eagles went three-and-out, and the Vikings went right back to work. Adrian Peterson ran for 30 yards on three carries, setting up the aerial attack. Webb first went to Peterson for 11 yards, then to Sidney Rice for 16. Asante Samuel added nine more yards with a personal foul that was half the distance to the goal line, and two plays later Webb scrambled in for a nine-yard touchdown.
Philadelphia seemed to roar to life, getting inside the Minnesota 30-yardline before a Vick fumble gave the ball away. On the next drive, Vick wouldn’t be deterred, moving the ball in small chunks before dashing into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw to cut the score to 17-14.
The defense couldn’t hold after a David Akers kick went out of boudns, though, with Webb converting a third-and-11 with a 19-yard pass to Harvin. Peterson followed it up with a 27 yard run before punching it in from the one-yardline to make it 24-14 Minnesota.
Philadelphia got the ball back for one last gasp with 1:06 remaining, but couldn’t get anything done, falling 24-14.