November 16, 2010 by staff
Vick, a former Atlanta star imprisoned for his role in a dogfight gambling ring but given a chance at redemption last year by the Eagles, on Monday completed 20-of-28 passes for 333 yards and ran eight times for 80 yards.
“I’ve had some great games in my day, but I don’t think I’ve had one quite like this,” Vick said.
No one in National Football League history had produced so many yards and points in a combined run-pass showcase.
Guiding a nearly unstoppable offensive unit, the left-handed quarterback became the first player to throw for three touchdowns and run for two in a first half, leading the Eagles to a 45-14 half-time edge.
“Give Michael Vick credit. He made a lot of plays that I haven’t seen a quarterback make in a long time,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “When it wasn’t there he made plays with his legs. Big-time game.”
The Eagles, who seized a 35-0 lead only nine seconds into the second quarter, scored the most points in a first half by any road team in the NFL’s 88-year history and set a team record for total yardage with 592.
“We wanted to come out and match their intensity,” Vick said. “We came out from the jump and started fast and that was all there was to it.”
Not since the Redskins lost 62-3 at Cleveland in 1954 had a Washington team surrendered so many points to an opponent.
“We just got embarrassed from start to finish,” said Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall. “It’s frustrating.”
The only high-scoring performance by the Eagles came in 1934 when they defeated Cincinnati 64-0.
“Philly obviously did a great job. We got outplayed and outcoached in every area,” Shanahan said. “These games do happen. We’re very embarrassed as a football team and hopefully we will respond accordingly.”
Philadelphia avenged an earlier home loss to the Redskins and improved to 6-3, matching the New York Giants for the NFC East division lead.
“I kind of thought it was going to be different this time,” Vick said.
Washington fell to 4-5 only hours after signing a five-year contract worth 78 million dollars with quarterback Donovan McNabb, who had been Philadelphia’s signal caller before being traded to the Redskins last April.
“We just couldn’t get ourselves out of it,” McNabb said. “It was a learning experience.”
McNabb said after Washington’s earlier victory in Philadelphia that the Eagles made a mistake letting him go and that inspired his former teammates in the rematch.
“Donovan had said some things after they beat us that fired us up,” Eagles center Mike McGlynn said.
Vick, the man McNabb had helped convince the Eagles to sign last year, humbled his former teammate, starting 10-for-10 in passing, his best such career stretch.
Vick connected with Desean Jackson on an 88-yard touchdown pass only 18 seconds into the game and ran seven yards for a touchdown 4:25 later to put the Eagles ahead 14-0.
Jerome Harrison scored on a 50-yard run later in the first quarter and Vick added an 11-yard touchdown toss to Lesean McCoy and a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin nine seconds into the second quarter for a 35-0 lead.
The 28-point opening quarter by Philadelphia matched a club record and was the most points allowed in a first quarter in the Redskins’ history dating to their 1932 founding in Boston.
McNabb tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Darrel Young and a 6-yard touchdown pass to Keiland Williams to pull Washington within 35-14, but Vick answered with a 6-yard Vick touchdown run 3:34 before half-time.
Vick moved past Steve Young into second place on the all-time NFL quarterback rushing yardage list, trailing only ex-Eagle Randall Cunningham.
Philadelphia added a 48-yard field goal by David Akers 25 seconds before half-time to reach 45 points, breaking the old club mark of 42 in a first half.
Washington had touchdown runs of 4 and 32 yards by Keiland Williams in the second half but Vick connected with Jason Avant on a 3-yard touchdown pass and Dimitri Patterson ran back an interception 40 yards for a touchdown.
McNabb finished 17-of-31 for 295 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.
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