Friday, March 6, 2015

Eagles lead error-fest at halftime

Updating: We're finally at halftime of an entertaining errorfest, with the Eagles glimpsing disaster before reminding the Lions that they are, in fact, the Lions.

Eagles lead error-fest at halftime

Updating: We're finally at halftime of an entertaining errorfest, with the Eagles glimpsing disaster before reminding the Lions that they are, in fact, the Lions.

Michael Vick just led a masterful 89 yards drive in 7 plays, finding Jeremy Maclin for the go-head TD, 21-17, from 13 yards, Maclin's first catch of the afternoon.

The Birds got an early end-zone interception from Nate Allen, who became the first Eagles rookie with picks in his first two games since Brenard Wilson in 1979. The Eagles then drove 80 yards in four plays, the big one being Mike Vick's 45-yard TD pass to DeSean Jackson. DJax took a slant across the middle and kept going through the entire Lions secondary.

The Eagles defense gave those points right back. Detroit went 76 yards in six plays without attempting a pass, blowing huge holes in the d-line.

The Eagles then seemed to convert a huge third down, Vick delivering under pressure, 36 yards to Jackson, but Jackson lost the ball when he hit the ground, after taking several steps. The Lions challenged the ruling of a catch and they prevailed.

The Birds backed the Lions up to their 1, but were incredibly incompetent in taking a string of penalties following a long punt, that backed them up to their own 10. That's an 89-yard change of venue, if you're keeping score at home.

The Birds gave up a 49-yard field goal, then, on third and 5 from their own 25, the Lions hit rookie Javhid Best on a screen. Joselio Hanson fell down and nobody else had any sort of angle, 75-yard TD and 17-7 Lions lead.

Detroit fans are skeptical of such good fortune, and they seemed much more at ease when the Birds drove 74 yards on 11 plays for a TD that made it 17-14. Shady McCoy got the final 14 up the middle, after Vick bailed out some wifty playcalling with a clutch run on third and 10 from the Lions' 37.

Earlier: Rookie tight end Clay Harbor joined the list of Eagles inactives today, a list headlined, of course, by quarterback Kevin Kolb and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, who are recovering from concussion.

Harbor's inactive status means Garrett Mills, promoted from the practice squad this past week, will be the lone backup to Brent Celek.

Other inactives are rookie corner Jorrick Calvin, rookie DE Dainiel Te'o-Neshehim, rookie OT Austin Howard, rookie LB Keenan Clayton and veteran DE Darryl Tapp, for the second week in a row.

The Eagles also said that Kolb and Bradley have been cleared by independent neurologist Dr. William Welch, and are ready to return to practice on Wednesday, when the Birds begin preparing to play at Jacksonville.

Kolb took part in Saturday's walkthrough as the scout team QB, the Eagles said.
 

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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