Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Vick's arm, legs lead Eagles rally

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.

Vick's arm, legs lead Eagles rally 12/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 12:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. James Wilder Jr. back at running Canada


    Remember when former Plant High star and Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. announced he was switching to linebacker?

    That was short-lived, apparently.

  2. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  3. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  4. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108