Monday, October 11, 2010
Wrap-up: Eagles 27, 49ers 24
By Matt Mosley
Philadelphia Eagles safety Quintin Mikell had a 52-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that gave his team a 24-10 lead. It looked like the 49ers were dead at that point, but they made it interesting before losing 27-24.
What it means: The Eagles, Redskins and Giants have identical 3-2 records, although the Skins are 2-0 against divisional opponents. Quarterback Kevin Kolb was sharp from the start, showing the Eagles could perhaps survive an extended absence from Michael Vick. Kolb was 21-of-31 for 253 yards and one touchdown in the win. He didn't take many shots downfield last week against the Skins, but he was getting big chunks of yards from the start Sunday night. Kolb also showed he could scramble by taking off on a 19-yard run on a third-and-18 play. He's obviously not as exciting on the run as Vick, but he's definitely a mobile quarterback. This was a really important game for him no matter when Vick returns to the lineup.
Takeaways: It was a mixed bag for a defense that gave up 309 yards passing and three touchdowns to Alex Smith. The Eagles had two interceptions and three fumble recoveries. On the play where Mikell scored a touchdown, rookie defensive end Brandon Graham was closing in on Smith. But it looked like the quarterback just let the ball pop out before Graham even made contact. Mikell scooped up the ball in stride and headed for the end zone.
Most interesting postgame quote from Andy Reid: "Michael is still the starting quarterback so we won’t get that controversy going there," Reid said of Michael Vick, who is recovering from a rib cartilage injury.
By the numbers: The Eagles are 26-5 under Andy Reid when scoring a defensive touchdown. It's something they've accomplished three consecutive times at Candlestick Park.
McCoy's a dual threat: LeSean McCoy had another big week with 92 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown. He also caught five balls for 46 yards. His 29-yard touchdown in the second quarter was pretty remarkable. He's running with more power this season and he's really shifty once he gets in the open field. That's supposed to be a fairly tough defense that he shredded.
What's next: The Eagles will host the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons won a sloppy game over the Browns on Sunday. Matt Ryan's an excellent young quarterback, so the Eagles need to get Asante Samuel back in the lineup. Philadelphia gave up way too many yards in the middle of the field to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. A win at home over the Falcons would give the Eagles a 4-2 record heading to Tennessee, a team that has owned the Beast so far this season.