Before we hit Vick overload, here's Brady's night

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
PHILADELPHIA -- When I outlined the angles to look out for Thursday night, I neglected to say "Hey, don't be shocked if the Philadelphia Eagles sign Michael Vick."

Everybody in the Lincoln Financial Field press box is stunned anyway, but let's not forget what was supposed to be the big story here.

Tom Brady looked strong in his post-injury return, leaving at halftime with the New England Patriots ahead 21-6.

Brady completed 10 of his 15 throws for 100 yards, two touchdowns to new tight end Chris Baker and an ugly interception. He had a 97.2 passer rating.

Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown intercepted a long Brady floater intended for Randy Moss down the left sideline.

Brady seethed as he slowly walked to the sideline. As he sat down on the bench he slammed his helmet to the ground so hard his ear pads blew out.

He was in command on his fourth and final series. The Patriots went no-huddle and he looked perfectly at home -- albeit against the Eagles' second-team defense. Just because Brady wanted to play an entire half didn't mean Eagles coach Andy Reid was going to leave his starters on the field late in the second quarter.

But on the drive, Brady was 5-of-8 for 63 yards. One of his incompletions bounced off Joey Galloway's wrist on a slant route that should have been a 9-yard touchdown. Brady found Baker on the next play.

But his arm wasn't the issue Thursday night. Everyone wanted to gauge his pocket presence and probably didn't receive enough information.

The Patriots did a fine job of keeping Brady safe. The Eagles didn't sack him, but there was no fear on a third-and-1 quarterback keeper on his last drive. Brady took the snap from Dan Koppen and surged into the pile for the first down.