Sunday, November 7, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Eagles 26, Colts 24
By Matt Mosley
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Andy Reid continued his post bye-week dominance with the 26-24 win over the Colts. Let's take a quick look at how he ran his post bye-week record to 12-0 with the Eagles.
What it means: Michael Vick was the best quarterback on the field Sunday, and it's not like Peyton Manning played poorly. Vick let DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy make plays for him in the first half, but he eventually overwhelmed the Colts' defense with his speed. Vick ripped off runs of 24 and 32 yards. And when the Colts desperately needed a stop in the fourth quarter, Vick almost seemed to toy with them by gliding down the field and stepping out of bounds just beyond the first-down marker. No one knew how Vick would respond to being hit after missing a month to a rib cartilage injury, but he absorbed several shots in the first half, and it didn't appear to bother him.
Defense answers the bell: Manning and the Colts owned the second quarter as they took a 17-16 halftime lead. Reserve tight end Jacob Tamme did his best Dallas Clark impression as he shredded the Eagles' defense. But for much of the second half, the Eagles held Manning in check. Linebacker Ernie Sims, fresh off his $50,000 fine from a hit against the Titans, sacked Manning in the fourth quarter and finished with five tackles. Rookie safety Nate Allen was knocked out of the game in the first half, but Kurt Coleman stepped in and played well in his place. In the first quarter, Asante Samuel intercepted an awful pass by Manning and returned it 33 yards to the Colts' 9-yard line. The Eagles allowed the Colts to climb back into this game twice, but they found a way to hold on in the end. A big reason for that was holding the Colts to only seven points in the second half. Samuel sealed the win with his second interception of the game.
The heroes: Vick and Jackson were electrifying in this game. Jackson had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Vick had nine carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles offense hit a lull in the second quarter, but Vick got things going again with a 32-yard scramble late in the third quarter that set up a touchdown that gave the Eagles a 26-17 lead.
Injuries: Eagles safety Quintin Mikell was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting a defenseless receiver in the second quarter. Replays showed that Mikell actually led with his shoulder on a hit that left Colts wide receiver Austin Collie on the ground until he was carted to the locker room. Mikell collided with Collie's shoulder on the play. Thankfully, Collie was alert at halftime and had full range of motion after suffering a concussion. It actually appeared his helmet collided with Eagles safety Kurt Coleman after he was hit by Mikell. The Eagles lost starting right guard Max Jean-Gilles to a concussion and rookie safety Nate Allen had X-rays for neck and back injuries, which were negative. Neither player returned to the game.
What's next: The Eagles travel to Washington for "Monday Night Football."