Tuesday, November 9, 2010
NFC East Week 9 decisive moment
By Matt Mosley
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The Philadelphia Eagles were clinging to a 19-17 lead over the Indianapolis Colts with 1:40 left in the third quarter Sunday at the Linc. The Eagles hadn't moved the ball well since midway through the second quarter and Michael Vick was facing a second-and-26 at his 28-yard line. He dropped back and fired a strike to Jeremy Maclin for 22 yards, which put the Eagles in a much more manageable position on third down.
On third-and-4 from midfield, Vick saw daylight across the middle and he made Colts linebacker Gary Brackett look helpless as he raced past him. I've seen several replays that show Colts linebackers slipping down as Vick cuts to his right. Vick ran for 32 yards on the play, setting up the touchdown that put the Eagles ahead 26-17.
If the Colts assigned a spy to Vick, I never saw him Sunday. Vick finished with 74 rushing yards and he made a fast defense look slow. On the scramble, you could see Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney running past Vick. Winston Justice used poor technique on Mathis, but he had the good sense to resist the urge to throw him to the ground, as he did on another play in the second half.
Vick is the most exciting quarterback in the league and he showed why on that scramble. I thought those back-t0-back plays were both defining moments in Sunday's 26-24 win.