Vick rallies Eagles in fourth quarter
QB takes down Texans with three-TD night
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick shook off all the hard hits, continued to get up off the ground, and kept making plays.
Vick was hurried, harassed, and battered throughout the game. But he never stayed down despite taking a bunch of jarring hits, and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run.
“He got knocked around a little bit,’’ Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He got back up and kept going. I loved his energy in the second half. Both sides of the ball, he was firing them up.’’
It was the first time Vick led the Eagles (8-4) back from a fourth-quarter deficit. They led, 14-3, in the first half before falling behind, 24-20.
“We did a great job battling back,’’ Vick said.
Matt Schaub had 337 yards passing and two scores for the Texans (5-7). Andre Johnson had 149 yards receiving.
Vick continued his remarkable comeback story with another outstanding performance. He completed 22 of 33 passes for two touchdowns, and had his third 300-yard game after having just two in his career coming into this season. He also ran for 48 yards and a score.
“This young man is playing as good as anybody I’ve seen play in the NFL and I’ve been doing it for a while,’’ Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s special and we just tried to contain him, but obviously he still had a big night.’’
After the Texans took their first lead in the third quarter, the Eagles quickly answered. Vick sneaked in from the 2 to put Philadelphia ahead, 27-24, early in the fourth. Vick’s 33-yard pass to DeSean Jackson to the Texans’ 11 set up the score.
Vick drove the Eagles 87 yards on their next possession, and tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Owen Schmitt to extend the lead to 34-24. A 19-yard pass to Brent Celek on third and 19 kept that drive going. Celek was ruled stopped short of the first down, but the Eagles challenged the spot and replays showed he had enough yards.
Houston came out strong in the second half. Schaub tossed a 13-yard scoring pass to Arian Foster to complete a 79-yard drive and get the Texans within 20-17.
Then Houston’s defense made a big play. Jason Allen intercepted Vick’s deep pass and the Texans took over at their 14. Houston marched downfield in 13 plays, with Foster running in from the 3 to make it 24-20. Schaub hit Johnson for 31 yards on third and 17 to keep the drive going.
Philadelphia is a half-game ahead of the Giants (7-4) in the NFC East. New York hosts Washington Sunday.
“They are a good team and this is a tough place to play,’’ Schaub said. “We had a good plan, we kept fighting back. It just wasn’t enough in crunch time to do it.’’