PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick threw for 302 yards and ran and passed for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles rally past the Texans 34-24 Thursday night.
The win gave Philadelphia (8-5) a half-game lead over the Giants in the NFC East. Houston (5-7) fell 11/2 games behind the Jaguars and Colts for first in the AFC South.
The Eagles were coming off their first loss in six games that Vick started and finished, 31-26 at Chicago.
However, he got back on track, continuing his comeback from an 18-month prison sentence for dogfighting. He was 22-of-33 for two touchdowns and had his third 300-yard game of the season, one more than in six seasons with the Falcons.
After the Texans rallied from a 20-10 deficit to take a 24-20 lead, the Eagles quickly answered. Vick sneaked in from the 2 to put Philadelphia ahead 27-24 early in the fourth. Vick's 33-yard pass to DeSean Jackson to the Texans 11 set up the score.
Vick, who threw a 1-yard touchdown to running back LeSean McCoy in the first quarter, drove the Eagles 87 yards on their next possession and tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to fullback Owen Schmitt to make it 34-24. He celebrated with a leap into coach Andy Reid.
A 19-yard pass to tight end Brent Celek on third and 19 kept that drive going. Celek was ruled short of the first down. But the Eagles challenged the spot, and replays showed he had enough.
Houston scored 14 on two long drives to start the third, turning a 20-10 deficit into a 24-20 lead. Arian Foster caught a 13-yard touchdown then ran for a 3-yard touchdown.
Giant apologizes for Iraq comment: Giants safety Antrel Rolle said he was sorry for comparing booing players to booing troops returning home from the Iraq war. He was upset with fans who booed at halftime Sunday with the team trailing Jacksonville 17-6: "We risk ourselves out there on the field each and every day also. When soldiers come home from Iraq, you don't boo them." The former University of Miami standout said he used a poor example to demonstrate how seriously he takes his job.
Jets: Starting right tackle Damien Woody expects to play Monday against the Patriots despite not practicing because of a sprained right knee ligament. He was hurt Nov. 21 but played four days later. And receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who has missed the past two games with a torn groin, expects to return.
Steelers: The team denied a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a broken right foot, saying he is healing from an aggravation of a previous injury where scar tissue is present. Roethlisberger has worn a protective boot this week but expects to play Sunday.
Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson did not practice but said his sprained right ankle felt better. Peterson, hurt in the team's last game, hopes to practice today then play Sunday.