Eagles Clobber Redskins 59-28
The Philadelphia Eagles stole the show from the Washington Redskins, with a 59-28 win just hours after Donovan McNabb signed a 5-year, 78 million dollar contract extension. Michael Vick hit DeSean Jackson for an 88-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, which set the tone for the rest of the game. Vick threw for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns and ran for 80 and 2 scores. Philadelphia racked up 592 yards of total offense in the blowout.
The Eagles opened the game with an 88-yard touchdown bomb from Vick to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage. Vick’s touchdown toss to Jackson, which traveled 62 yards in the air, was the longest first play from scrimmage in Eagles history. It was also the longest passing play in Vick’s career and the longest reception in Jackson’s.
On the following drive, the Redskins went three-and-out with three straight running plays. The Eagles again wasted very little time, as Michael Vick scrambled for a 7-yard touchdown at the end of a five-play drive. McNabb then completed his first two passes before having one tipped and intercepted by Kurt Coleman, in his first NFL start. Coleman returned it to the 37 yardline and six plays later, the Eagles struck paydirt again on an 11-yard shovel pass from Vick to LeSean McCoy to make it 21-0.
After another three-and-out, the Eagles quickly scored again on a 50-yard touchdown run by Jerome Harrison, his first touchdown as an Eagle.
The Eagles opened the second quarter the same way they opened the first, with a long touchdown pass. Vick found Jeremy Maclin on the first play of the quarter for a leaping 48-yard touchdown grab to put the Eagles on top 35-0 after the extra point. At the end of the half, the Eagles lead the Redskins 45-14.
Donovan McNabb didn’t want to go quietly into a rainy night in Landover, Maryland and aired it out on his first drive of the second quarter, finding Fred Davis for a 71-yard bomb to the Eagles 3-yardline. The big passing play set up a 3-yard pass to Darrel Young to cut the deficit to 35-7.
Philadelphia was forced to punt again, and McNabb found Anthony Armstrong for a 76 yard strike down the same sideline, where Armstrong was forced out at the 5-yardline. A few plays later, McNabb found Keiland Williams for a screen up the middle and a 6-yard touchdown to make it 35-14.
Just when it felt like the Redskins could build momentum after forcing another punt, Dimitri Patterson picked off a McNabb pass at the Redskins’ 27 yardline on a 3rd down attempt. The Eagles regained control of the game when Vick ran 6 yards on a quarterback draw for the touchdown and a 42-14 lead. David Akers tacked on a 48-yard field goal late in the half to make it 45-14.
The Redskins opened the second half with a 56-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 4-yard run by Williams. The Eagles answered though, as Vick found Jason Avant for a 3-yard strike to make it 52-21. On the ensuing drive, Dimitri Patterson intercepted a Donovan McNabb pass and raced 40 yards for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 59-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Redskins put up one more touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard run by Williams, leaving the score 59-28.
Vick finished the game 20-of-28 for 333 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The Eagles quarterback also ran for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 carries, coming up just 20 rushing yards shy of being the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 in the same game.
Jerome Harrison helped ice the game away by running for 109 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while LeSean McCoy gained 43 yards on 11 attempts. DeSean Jackson caught 2 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, Jeremy Maclin hauled in 4 for 79 yards and a score, Avant caught 5 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown and LeSean McCoy had 5 receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Donovan McNabb finished with 285 yards on 16-of-29 passing with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. McNabb threw three picks for just the fifth time in his career.
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