Final

Redskins 17

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Eagles 12

(2-2, 0-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, October 3, 2010

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 14 3 0 017
PHI 0 6 0 612

Top Performers

Passing: K. Kolb (PHI) - 201 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Torain (WSH) - 18 CAR, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. McCoy (PHI) - 12 REC, 110 YDS

Michael Vick exits with rib, chest injuries as Donovan McNabb leaves Philly a winner

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- That hardly looked like Donovan McNabb taking snaps at the Linc, and it had nothing to do with his burgundy and gold jersey.

McNabb threw for 125 yards and one touchdown, leading the Washington Redskins to a 17-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in his first game against his former team.

Michael Vick was forced out in the first quarter with chest and rib injuries in his first start in front of the hometown crowd. Kevin Kolb, who was supposed to be McNabb's successor all along, replaced Vick after losing 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 throughout his career, McNabb looked more like a game-manager than an elite player. A six-time Pro Bowl pick in 11 seasons with the Eagles, McNabb didn't get much of a chance to showcase his skills because Redskins coach Mike Shanahan stuck with a conservative approach and relied on the ground attack.

"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."

That meant McNabb turned around and handed off -- again and again. It's an unfamiliar role for McNabb, who used to throw more than any quarterback when he played for the Eagles.

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 and getting intercepted once.

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.

The Redskins (2-2) snapped a two-game losing skid, improving to 2-0 in the NFC East. The Eagles (2-2) are winless at home.

McNabb ran onto the field with the rest of his team during pregame introductions. When his name was announced, he got a standing ovation. McNabb patted his heart and raised his right hand up to salute the crowd. He then hugged Vick, who signed with the Eagles last year after McNabb lobbied for him.

McNabb had a love-hate relationship with Philly fans, so many wondered what type of reception he would receive. While some outside the stadium booed and carried signs that read "McChoke," it was an overwhelmingly positive response inside the Linc.

"You realize you spent 11 years here and I knew it was coming," McNabb said. "I didn't expect them to cheer the whole game. That wouldn't be right. I was happy with the way they gave me a standing ovation at the beginning. I think all of the quarterbacks got booed today."

McNabb led the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl -- a 24-21 loss to New England in Feb. 2005. He was traded to Washington in April, paving the way for Kolb to be the starter.

But Kolb sustained a concussion in Week 1, and Vick played so well he forced coach Andy Reid to make a flip-flop decision and keep him in. Now Vick's status is uncertain and it's unknown what Reid will do when he's healthy.

Vick, who did not speak to the media, will have an MRI Monday.

"I know he's sore, I can tell you that, or else he would have been out there," Reid said.

Kolb said he was no given no indication that he might start next week at San Francisco. He briefly spoke with Vick about the injuries.

"He just said he was in some pain and explained the injury just a little bit," Kolb said. "He just said he was sore."

Kolb threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek to get the Eagles within 17-12 with 4:10 left. The 2-point conversion failed when Kolb's pass fell incomplete.

On Washington's next possession, McNabb scrambled 18 yards on third-and-4 to keep the drive going and allow the Redskins to run the clock down a little more. The Eagles got the ball back at their own 26 with 1:07 left and no timeouts. Kolb's first throw should've been intercepted, but it was dropped by Carlos Rogers.

Kolb then drove Philadelphia to the Redskins 32, a double-lateral after a short pass got the Eagles there. But Kolb's desperation heave into the end zone on the final play bounced out of Jason Avant's hands and was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall.

Kolb finished 22 of 35 for 201 yards and one TD and one interception.

McNabb handed off five straight times before attempting his first pass, a deep one to Fred Davis. The ball was slightly behind a wide-open Davis, who let it go through his hands. On his next pass later in that drive, McNabb made a perfect throw over the middle to Chris Cooley for a 31-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Vick got hurt on a 23-yard run to the Redskins 1 that was negated by a holding penalty on Max Jean-Gilles. Vick dodged and darted through the defense, eluding several tackles along the way. He took two hard hits, getting sandwiched between Kareem Moore and former teammate Hall.

After a short completion by Kolb, David Akers kicked a 49-yard field goal to cut it to 14-3.

The Eagles also lost Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel and wide receiver Riley Cooper to concussions.

McNabb's best throw was a 57-yard completion -- the ball traveled 56 yards in the air -- to Anthony Armstrong on a third-and-15 in the second quarter. It set up Graham Gano's 26-yard field goal that made it 17-3.

Kolb drove the Eagles inside Washington's 1 in the final minute of the first half. After calling a timeout to set up a play on fourth down, the Eagles somehow got called for a delay of game penalty and had to settle for Akers kicking a 23-yarder to cut it to 17-6. The sellout crowd gave them an earful as they headed into the tunnel.

"We had a play called. I wasn't surprised the clock was moving, but I was surprised it was moving as quick as when it was started with the spot," Reid said.

A three-time Pro Bowl pick during six seasons in Atlanta, Vick got a second chance to revive his career in Philadelphia after spending 18 months in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting operation. He played sparingly last year behind McNabb and Kolb, seeing most of his action in a variation of the wildcat formation.

Vick made the most of his opportunity after Kolb went down, and was the NFC offensive player of the month in September. He had 750 yards passing, six touchdowns and no interceptions, and also ran for 170 yards and one score in 10 quarters.

The last time McNabb and Vick played against each other at Lincoln Financial Field was the 2005 NFC title game. McNabb led the Eagles to a 27-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons after losing the three previous conference championship games.

Game notes


Vick was 5 of 7 for 49 yards and ran three times for 17 yards. ... McCoy had 12 catches for 110 yards. He also ran for 64 yards. ... The Redskins haven't started 2-0 in the division since 1995.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
PHI
1st Downs1621
Passing 1st downs
514
Rushing 1st downs
85
1st downs from Penalties
32
3rd down efficiency
5-115-14
4th down efficiency
0-02-2
Total Plays5568
Total Yards293353
Yards per play5.35.2
Total Drives1011
Passing124243
Comp - Att
8-1927-42
Yards per pass
6.55.8
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-11-7
Rushing169110
Rushing Attempts
3525
Yards per rush
4.84.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-2
Penalties5-308-80
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:0332:57

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb8/191256.6111-1
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kolb22/352015.7111-7
Vick5/7497.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Torain18703.9113
Portis11555.0011
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy16644.0012
Kolb22110.5011

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Armstrong15757.00573
Cooley23718.51315
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
McCoy121109.203115
Schmitt34314.30184

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHPHI
wshTD12:03Ryan Torain 12 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 70
wshTD04:47Chris Cooley 31 Yd Pass From Donovan McNabb (Graham Gano Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERWSHPHI
phiFG14:55David Akers 49 Yd 143
wshFG09:11Graham Gano 26 Yd 173
phiFG00:19David Akers 23 Yd 176
FOURTH QUARTERWSHPHI
phiTD04:10Brent Celek 5 Yd Pass From Kevin Kolb (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1712

Research Notes

Whether it was Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb, the Redskins were content to send a four-man rush (or fewer in some cases) nearly the entire game. The Redskins sent five rushers just once Sunday, resulting in a Kolb incompletion.
While Philadelphia had been the best team in football at blitzing a member of the secondary in the first three weeks of the season, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb had some success throwing against the Eagles blitz, including a couple big plays in the face of extra pressure from Philly defensive backs.
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The Redskins committed to the run Sunday, going for a season-high 35 attempts. But it didn't translate to an ability to convert on play-action, where Donovan McNabb was just 2-8 for 11 yards with an interception on play-action passes.
In the second half against the Eagles, Donovan McNabb's rush yards per attempt (12.7) were higher than his passer rating (1.7).
In the second half, Donovan McNabb's rush yards per attempt (12.7) were higher than his passer rating (1.7).
Donovan McNabb came out firing against his former team with a nearly perfect first half, but it was a different story coming out of the locker room.
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The Redskins committed to the run Sunday, going for a season-high 35 attempts. But it didn't translate to an ability to convert on play-action, where McNabb was just 2-8 for 11 yards with an interception on play-action passes.
Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb didn't take many chances against the Redskins on Sunday, keeping the majority of his throws short and limiting the room for mistakes. The results of his infrequent attempts downfield justified the plan to keep things short, and running back LeSean McCoy set career highs in targets (14), catches (12) and receiving yards (110).
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Kevin Kolb struggled against a known weakness of the Redskins on Sunday. Entering the game, Washington's secondary ranked 24th in the NFL in passer rating against as well as 27th in completion percentage allowed. Kolb was not able to exploit the sidelines after entering the game for the injured Michael Vick.
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Whether it was Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb, the Redskins were content to send a four-man rush (or fewer in some cases) nearly the entire game. The Redskins sent five rushers just once Sunday, resulting in a Kolb incompletion.
While Philadelphia had been the best team in football at blitzing a member of the secondary in Weeks 1-3, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb had some success throwing against the Eagles blitz, including a couple big plays in the face of extra pressure from Philly defensive backs.
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