It was a game the Philadelphia Eagles should have easily won. On paper they were clearly better than the Cleveland Browns, but as we all know the game is not played on paper. After making numerous mistakes throughout the game, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick made a big play at the end of the game to secure a 17-16 win over the Browns as the Eagles start the season with a 1-0 record.
We expected to see the offense slow to get started in this game. However, we did not expect it to take the final drive of each half for the offense to flash its talent. The offensive line had trouble protecting Vick while Vick had trouble protecting the football. Despite the Browns defense mixing up its coverage with blitzes on Vick, he still threw numerous passes into double and even triple coverage throughout the game.
Vick went 29-56 for 317 yards while throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions. With the game tied at three as the first half was winding to a close, the Eagles finally had a drive going and threatened to score a touchdown. A beautifully placed pass from Vick to Maclin along the near sideline put the Eagles in field goal range, but the team was looking for a touchdown. With 17 seconds left in the first half, Vick found Maclin once again for an eighteen yard touchdown pass.
In the second half, the Eagles failed to put points on the board, while the Browns found ways to hang in the game. With the score 10-9, Vick threw his fourth interception of the game as D'Qwell Jackson took the intercepted pass 27 yards for a touchdown and a Cleveland lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Finally, with the clock working against the Eagles and a possession beginning at their own nine-yard line, Vick led the Eagles down the field for one final drive which cumulated in a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Clay Harbor on third and goal with just over a minute to play in the game. Brandon Weeden, playing in his first NFL game, threw his fourth interception of the game on the ensuing drive as Kurt Coleman sealed the victory for the Eagles with the interception.
LeSean McCoy had 20 rushes for 110 yards and one fumble lost. Jeremy Maclin had seven receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown while DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, and Jason Avant each had four receptions.
The Eagles return home and will face the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.
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