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(Sunday, September 27th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 34, Kansas City 14
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Kevin Kolb threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Philadelphia Eagles in a 34-14 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs and overshadowing Michael Vick's return to the football field.
Kolb, who also rushed for a touchdown and started for the second straight week in the absence of the injured Donovan McNabb, completed 24-of-34 passes and didn't throw an interception for Philadelphia (2-1), which had Vick on the field for the first time.
"It's just confidence that you can get it done at this level," Kolb said about how the win affects his mentality. "Although you believe it before, nobody truly knows, and that's why there's doubt with a young player. I just want to keep trying to get better."
Vick didn't play an enormous role, appearing in only a handful of plays mostly out of the Wildcat formation. After serving a two-week suspension to start the regular season, Vick ran for seven yards on one attempt and did not complete either of his two pass attempts. It was his first regular season action since December 31, 2006, when he was with the Falcons; that game was also played in Philadelphia.
"We wanted to get (Vick) in, just get him back in playing speed of the game, knock some of the rust off, and I think we accomplished that," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said.
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was also out due to an ankle injury, and rookie LeSean McCoy stepped in nicely, running for 84 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. DeSean Jackson had a huge game, catching six balls for a career- high 149 yards and a 64-yard score, while Brent Celek added eight receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown in the resounding victory.
The Chiefs (0-3) didn't have much to celebrate, as Matt Cassel passed for only 90 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-18 attempts. The Chiefs gained only 196 total yards in the game, as Larry Johnson ran for 38 yards on 19 carries and Jamaal Charles had 36 rushing yards and 34 receiving yards.
"I came into this game opportunistic and thought we had a chance to win," said Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. "We got to be better than we were today, there's no doubt about it. If you play the way we played and coached the way we coached, you won't have a chance. We have to do better jobs as coaches."
Kansas City fell to 2-26 in its last 28 games overall.
Vick made his debut on the Eagles' opening drive, lining up at wide receiver in an I-formation on the second play. He came around for a fake handoff, and Philadelphia went three-and-out on the series.
"I think I played fairly well," Vick said. "I made good decisions with the ball. My focus was primarily to be smart and not turn the ball over."
Kansas City's first drive resulted in a punt, and the Eagles took over needing to travel only 48 yards for the game's first score. On the eighth play of the set, McCoy took a direct snap and ran for a five-yard touchdown with just over six minutes left in the first. Vick had a seven-yard run and an incompletion on the drive.
A three-and-out by the Chiefs followed, and Philadelphia took over at its own 27 after another punt. Kolb hit Jackson on passes of 10 and 43 yards, respectively, on the first two plays, and the quarterback snuck into the end zone from one yard away on the drive's sixth play to make it 14-0 late in the opening quarter.
"Kolb I thought had a good day," Reid said. "Back-to-back 300-yard games. That's a compliment to the kid. It's always tough in your second game -- a team has a chance to study (more)."
The Eagles chose to go for it on 4th-and-1 from KC's 44 early in the second and failed, giving the Chiefs the ball. Kansas City marched down the field and scored on Cassel's perfect 13-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradley.
Philadelphia answered right away, though, restoring its 14-point lead on Jackson's 64-yard touchdown catch-and-run on the next offensive play. Jackson caught a short pass over the middle at about midfield, made several defenders miss and sprinted up the center of the field for the score.
David Akers added a 29-yard field goal just before halftime to give the Eagles a 24-7 lead. Akers made another field goal -- from 38 yards away -- six minutes into the second half for a 20-point margin.
Celek caught a 35-yard touchdown pass with 6:43 left in the game to extend the lead to an insurmountable 27 points, and Bobby Wade's nine-yard touchdown catch for KC inside of two minutes to go accounted for the final margin.
Philadelphia leads the all-time series against Kansas City, 4-2 and has won the last three meetings...Dwayne Bowe (hamstring) did not play for the Chiefs...Kansas City has lost seven straight games dating back to last season...Kolb passed for 391 yards last week...KC went 0-for-11 on third down conversions...Philadelphia had 420 total yards.
09/27 16:56:46 ET