Eagles, Vick on the money
Redskins give McNabb new deal, then fall flat
LANDOVER, Md. — Michael Vick, not Donovan McNabb, played like a $78 million quarterback, accounting for six touchdowns all by himself.
And his Philadelphia Eagles marched down the field in one big chunk after another, doing it enough times to put new entries in the various record books.
On a day the Washington Redskins hoped to celebrate McNabb’s new five-year contract extension (with $40 million guaranteed) and set aside the swirl of distractions from his benching two weeks earlier, Vick and the Eagles stormed the party and thoroughly embarrassed their NFC East rivals, 59-28, last night.
The Eagles scored on an 88-yard pass from Vick to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage, led 35-0 after the first play of the second quarter, and barely let up.
Vick completed his first 10 passes and finished 20 of 28 for 333 yards with four TDs. He also ran eight times for 80 yards and two scores.
The Eagles set team records for total yards in a game (592), points in a half (45), and had the biggest lead after the first quarter for any NFL road team (28-0) since at least 1950.
Vick became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing TDs, and two rushing TDs in a game.
The win moved Philadelphia (6-3) into a first-place tie with the Giants in the division, with both teams two games ahead of the Redskins (4-5).
A few hours before kickoff, the Redskins signed McNabb to the extension, putting to rest any doubts as to whether he would remain the centerpiece of coach Mike Shanahan’s rebuilding effort. McNabb played the whole game and finished 17 of 31 for 295 yards with two TDs and three interceptions.