Misery in Photos: McNabb Beats Both His Back-Ups

Like our mom always said: it's all well and good until someone gets hurt. That someone was Michael Vick, and it was all downhill for the Eagles as they lost 17-12 to Washington.

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SIGH.
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Things started out well enough for the Eagles as they and DeSean Jackson welcomed back their former starting quarterback of a decade, McNabb, in his first game back at the Linc in a Redskins uniform...and then kickoff happened.
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Redskins RB Ryan Torrain -- days off the practice squad -- scored in Washington's first possession, and then tight end Chris Cooley, above, ran in a pass from McNabb right past Stewart Bradly on their next possession, helping the Redskins leap out to a 14-0 lead just ten minutes into the game.
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But the Eagles had Michael Vick, and he can only be contained so long, right?
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Behold Philly's nightmare in three parts: Vick, gathering steam in the final drive of the first quarter, took the Eagles from their own 26 to Washington's 28. Vick avoided plenty of Skins on his 23-yard scamper...
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...but then he was sandwiched by DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore near the goal line.
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He laid on the ground in pain, got up in even more pain, and eventually fell back to the turf as trainers sprinted in from the sidelines.
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Vick would leave the game with a rib and chest injury and head off to the locker room. To make matters worse, his spectacular run was negated by a holding penalty, pushing Philly backwards.
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DERP.
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Original starter Kevin Kolb's first play was a three-yard completion, his second play was his own recovered fumble before a David Akers' field goal. The Eagles then took 8:52 and 16 plays to go 69 yards for a field goal, heading into the half down one very depressing 14-6.
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What goes up...
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...must come down. Especially if it's a white man jumping. Owen Schmitt contributed three catches for 43 yards as the Eagles doubled the Redskins' 125 receiving yards, but it was not enough. Two field goals was all Philly managed until Kevin Kolb connected with Brent Celek on a 5-yard pass with 4:10 remaining. The Eagles fell 17-12 to their division rivals.
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Andy Reid did not help. His team trotted out from a timeout on 4th and an inch, only to be called for delay of game. There may have been a clock reset issue -- it's debatable -- but the Eagles didn't hustle a play in, and settled for a field goal. You know that dream where you go to school naked? That's what Reid's whole night was like.
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One of the most stymieing issues apparent during the game was that the Eagles couldn't stop the league's worst rushing game, allowing Clinton Portis, Ryan Torrain, Santana Moss (!), and Donovan McNabb to gain 169 yards on the run.
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The Eagles, in contrast, notched 110. With 64 of those courtesy of LeSean McCoy; his backups threw in a measly eight. Vick and Kolb accounted for the rest.
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Sigh. The loss wasn't McCoy's fault. In addition to his duties on the ground, the running back caught 12 passes for 110 yards -- leading the team in receptions.
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Anthony Armstrong had only one reception, but he made it count with a 57-yard catch in front of -- way, way in front of -- Kurt Coleman.
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McNabb received a standing ovation as he took the field, boos throughout the game and one big fat W. Not that his stats were all that great -- the former Iggle completed eight of 19 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown, one interceptio, and a quarterback rating of 60. Without Armstrong's catch, that would have been downright impressively bad.
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Even Kolb had a better QB score (76), and, well, look at him. Kolb went 22-for-25 and 201 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. To be fair, that's not too shabby when one's eyes are the size of dinner plates.
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The Eagles managed onle a single sack on McNabb, courtesty Ernie Sims.
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After it was over, McNabb went for the hug with former teamie Jason Avant who had happened to drop what would have been the game winner as time expired.
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Reid: a palpable misery.
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Now with 40-percent more palpable-ness.
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Mike Kafka, questioning everything as Kevin Kolb hides behind a breast cancer-colored towel. It will not save you, Kevin Kolb. This is Philly.
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SIGH.
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