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(Monday, November 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 59, Washington 28
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Michael Vick threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead a voluminous record-breaking performance in Philadelphia's 59-28 destruction of Washington in the rain at FedEx Field.
Vick completed 20-of-28 throws and added 80 rushing yards to become the first player in league history to throw for more than 300 yards, run for more than 50, throw four TD passes and run for two more in the same game as the visitors piled up a team-record 592 yards of offense in the second-highest scoring game in franchise history.
"I could have never envisioned this," Vick said. "I didn't even think I'd be starting this year, it's still somewhat surprising. I feel like I'm playing my best football because of the coaches that I have and because of the guys I'm playing with. Our game plan was phenomenal."
Jerome Harrison ran for 109 yards and a touchdown while LeSean McCoy carried 11 times for 43 yards and caught five balls for 51 yards and a score for the Eagles (6-3), who have won two in a row and four out of five since a 17-12 setback to the Redskins in Week 4 to move into a first place tie in the NFC East with the New York Giants, their opponent this coming Sunday night.
DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant also caught TD passes in the high-octane attack that established league records for the largest lead by a road team after the first quarter (28) and the most points by a visiting team in the first half of play (45) in addition to setting a Monday Night Football record with 59 points.
Donovan McNabb threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted three times on 17-of-31 efficiency just hours after it was announced that he had signed a multi-year contract extension, reportedly worth $78 million over five years, including a reported $40 million in guaranteed money, with the Redskins (4-5), who returned from a bye week to suffer a second straight loss.
Keiland Williams carried 16 times for 89 yards and two scores and caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in defeat as the Redskins allowed the third-most points in a game in franchise history.
After Jorrick Calvin bobbled the opening kickoff and made it to only his 12- yard line, the Eagles, who could not get the ball deep down the field against the Redskins in their first meeting, went up top on the first play from scrimmage to strike first.
Vick rolled to his left, fired deep down the middle and hit Jackson in stride inside the Redskins 35 and the fleet receiver went untouched the rest of the way into the end zone to finish off the longest scoring play of his three- year career just 18 seconds into the contest.
After forcing a three-and-out on Washington's first offensive possession, the Eagles started at their own 37 and needed just five plays to find the end zone again.
McCoy's 27-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass moved the ball to the 'Skins seven from where Vick ran in on the next play. The southpaw rolled to his right, shed a tackle at the five and dived across the goal line to make it 14-0 only 4:43 into game.
It marked a complete reversal from the first meeting when Washington needed just 4:25 to forge a 14-0 advantage.
Kurt Coleman made an interception on a deflected pass off the hands of Santana Moss on the hosts next drive and brought it back seven yards to the 'Skins 37.
Philadelphia required only six plays to cash in again, as McCoy took a shovel pass 11 yards to paydirt to extend the margin to 21 with five minutes left in the opening stanza.
Following another Washington punt, the Eagles made it four-for-four on TD drives to cap off the highest-scoring first quarter in franchise history. Harrison started left, cut back right, shed two tackles and angled right down the sideline before diving and hitting the pylon to complete a 50-yard scoring run, his first with his new team.
"Even being down 21, 28 points, I felt we still had a chance to come back," McNabb said. "The team continued to fight. We had some big plays early on to put some points on the board but it just didn't really balance out for us."
The visitors struck again with another long touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.
Vick found Maclin down the right sideline and the second-year receiver made a leaping catch just inside the boundary and hit the pylon with his left elbow and shoulder while maintaining possession. The play was reviewed and the call on the field was upheld, giving Philadelphia a 35-point advantage.
Washington finally got its offense untracked on its next touch, moving 74 yards on just two plays to make it a 35-7 game only 36 seconds later.
Fred Davis went 71 yards to the Eagles three-yard line on a catch and run on a drag route before McNabb rolled right and found Darrel Young in the flat and the rookie from Villanova made his first touch in the league a three-yard touchdown.
Washington finally got a defensive stop and used another big play to set up a second touchdown.
McNabb found Anthony Armstrong deep down the left sideline for 76 yards to the Eagles five. Two plays later, Williams took a pass from McNabb six yards to paydirt to trim the lead to 35-14 with 9:39 left before halftime.
Dimitri Patterson picked off McNabb on the Redskins' next drive to set up the sixth touchdown of the half for the visitors, who only needed to go 28 yards.
Vick took a shotgun snap and ran to his right six yards for the score that made it 42-14 with 3:34 to go in the quarter. David Akers field goal from 48 yards out pushed the margin to 45-14 at the intermission to establish the franchise record for points in the first half.
The hosts marched 56 yards on eight plays on their first second half touch to cut the lead to 24. Williams' four-yard TD run around the left end finished the drive that took 3 1/2 minutes.
Philadelphia's last offensive thrust came when Vick moved to his right to avoid the rush, set and drilled a three-yard scoring pass to Avant in the back of the end zone to polish off an 11-play, 71-yard drive that made it 52-21 with 6:15 left in the third quarter.
Patterson's 40-yard interception return 56 seconds later made it 59-21 before Williams 32-yard TD jaunt provided the final points with just under 11 1/2 minutes to go in the highest combined scoring game in Eagles regular-season history.
Philadelphia's team record for points was set in a 64-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on November 6, 1934...The Eagles prior record for points in the first half was 42, set September 23, 2007 against Detroit...The previous record for points in the first quarter was 27, established against Pittsburgh on December 12, 1965...The Eagles 28 first quarter points matched the franchise record for points in any quarter, established three times in the second quarter, most recently twice in the 2004 season against Dallas and Green Bay...The 59 points after the third quarter equaled a league record for the most by a visiting team after three periods...Vick passed Steve Young to move into second place on the all-time rushing list for QB's with 4,295...Former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham is the all-time leader with 4,928...Vick was also the 13th QB this week to throw for more than 300 yards, the most in league history in any one week...Avant made five grabs for 76 yards while Maclin caught four balls for 79 yards...Jackson made two catches for 98 yards and carried once for five more...His 88-yard TD grab was the longest first play from scrimmage in team history and the tenth longest pass play overall in team history...Armstrong hauled in three passes for 83 yards while Moss was held to 23 yards on three grabs...The 45 points by the Eagles in the first half was the most allowed in a regular season half by the Redskins, who also yielded 42 to Chicago in the second half of an October 26, 1947 contest.
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