PHILADELPHIA — That hardly looked like Donovan McNabb taking snaps at Lincoln Financial Field, and it had nothing to do with his burgundy-and-gold jersey.
McNabb threw for 125 yards and one touchdown, leading the Redskins to a 17-12 victory over the Eagles on Sunday in his first game against his former team.
Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick was forced out in the first quarter with chest and rib injuries in his first start in front of the hometown crowd. In came Kevin Kolb, who was supposed to be McNabb's successor all along but lost his starting job because he got hurt in Week 1.
So, the McNabb-Vick showdown turned into the McNabb-Kolb matchup everyone originally anticipated. But this one didn't live up to the hype.
On a field where he made so many dynamic plays, McNabb looked more like a game manager than an elite player. A six-time Pro Bowl pick in 11 seasons with the Eagles, McNabb was quiet because Redskins coach Mike Shanahan stuck with a conservative approach.
"You get into a throwing game, especially here, in this environment with the crowd, usually you're in for a long day," Shanahan said. "So you have to establish the run."
Washington had 169 yards rushing, including 55 by Clinton Portis before he left with a groin injury. Ryan Torain had 70 yards rushing and one TD. McNabb threw just 19 passes, completing eight with one interception.
The only stat that matters is the win.
"The relief I got was that this is over, that the whole hoopla and coming back to Philadelphia is over," McNabb said.
McNabb led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl before being traded in April, paving the way for Kolb to be the starter.
But Kolb sustained a concussion against Green Bay, and Vick played so well he forced coach Andy Reid to change his mind and keep him in.
Vick, who did not speak to the media, is scheduled for an MRI exam today. He got hurt on a 23-yard run that was negated by a holding penalty.
Kolb finished 22-of-35 for 201 yards with one touchdown and one interception.