LANDOVER, Md. — After Michael Vick kneeled down for the final time, having sapped the life out of the Robert Griffin III welcome back party, the exhausted Eagles offense exchanged the usual pleasantries with the even-more-spent Redskins defense.
"The Redskins were like, 'Next time we play you guys, you need to slow it down a bit,'" Eagles center Jason Kelce said.
Good luck with that.
RG3 and the Redskins just couldn't keep up with Vick, LeSean McCoy and the frenetic offense unleashed by new coach Chip Kelly on Monday night, as Philadelphia crammed 53 plays into a 30-minute first half for a 33-7 lead, and held on to upset Washington 33-27.
"You have great dreams and you have nightmares," said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, describing the first half. "That was a great dream."
Running the don't-take-a-breath attack that won 87 percent of the time in Kelly's four years at the University of Oregon, Vick threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and ran nine times for 56 yards and a TD. McCoy ran for 184 yards and a TD and DeSean Jackson had seven catches for 104 yards and a TD.
Perhaps the most remarkable accomplishment by the Eagles: They upstaged Griffin. The game was eight months to the day since the Redskins quarterback had major right knee surgery.
But Redskins fans didn't get much of a chance to chant "RG3!" early. The offense's first seven plays: lost fumble by running back Alfred Morris, 3-yard loss by Morris, penalty, 9-yard screen to Morris, interception by Griffin, pass dropped by fullback Darrel Young, and a safety when Morris bobbled a pitch in the end zone.
"Had a serious case of the can't-get-rights," Griffin said. "Penalties, hurting ourselves."