Eagles Back on Top

Updating: Somehow it seemed fitting that after back-to-back replay challenge delays, it took the officials about 5 minutes to decide that Michael Vick finally scored, and the Eagles now lead 26-17 with 13:47 left.

Earlier: The Eagles finally put together a couple first downs -- maybe Kevin Kolb told Michael Vick that Jeremy Maclin guy could be pretty useful -- and David Akers hit a 44-yard field goal for a 19-17 Eagles lead with 7:28 left in the third. Defense seems to have found some traction this half.

Earlier: Just as was the case two weeks ago in Tennessee, the Eagles held a 16-7 lead when the game went off the rails. Unlike two weeks ago, they have a full second half to get back on track.

The Birds set themselves up for trouble by settling for field goals three times in a row, after an opening-drive touchdown. Then, on an Indianapolis second and 6 from the Birds' 40, Peyton Manning hit Austin Collie over the middle. Collie immediately was separated from the ball by Kurt Coleman and Quintin Mikell. Replays showed both hits were shoulder-to-shoulder, with secondary contact between Coleman's helmet and Collie's, after their shoulders hit. There was nothing Coleman could have done to avoid the helmets banging.

Collie flopped to the turf, apparently seriously injured, which is a much worse situation than the yellow penalty flag for unnecessary roughness that was thrown on Mikell. Collie lay on the field several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher. The Linc crowd, which had been booing the call, politely applauded as Collie was rolled away. The halftime update was that he had a concussion but was alert and moving.

The penalty and a subsequent facemask on Mikell set up a 6-yard Javarris James run that brought Indianapolis within 16-14. Then, after an awful Eagles sequence, an 18-yard Sav Rocca punt set Manning up at midfield for the inevitable field goal that gave the Colts a 17-16 halftime lead.

Earlier:  The Colts just drove 76 yards on 11 plays and 1 penalty, drawing within 13-7 on a 3-yard Peyton Manning pass to Jacob Tamme. The key play was an 11-yard completion to Reggie Wayne on third and 10 from the Eagles' 40 that the Birds challenged, feeling Wayne had scooped the ball off the turf. The challenge was denied.

Meanwhile, Max Jean-Gilles has left the game with a concussion, replaced by Nick Cole. Nate Allen is having upper back and neck X-rays, the Eagles said, after a tackle near the Eagles' goalline.

Earlier: Michael Vick hit DeSean Jackson for 58 yards on third and 7 from the Birds' 4, and a 21-yard David Akers field goal made it 13-0 in favor of the Eagles late in the first. If there's anything to quibble over, it's that touchdowns instead of field goals these last 2 times down would have made a big old difference on the scoreboard.

Vick took a big hit from Fili Moala on his last throw, got looked at on the bench, doesn't seem to be hurt.

Earlier: A 62-yard cutback run by LeSean McCoy on the first play from scrimmage got the Eagles going toward a 10-0 first-quarter lead over the Colts. McCoy's run set up a 9-yard Michael Vick TD pass to DeSean Jackson. Then, on the Colts' second play, Peyton Manning lofted a pass under pressure that Asante Sanuel picked off and ran back to the Indianapolis 9. A 22-yard David Akers field goal made it 10-0.

Colts just punted on their second possession after Mike Patterson dropped Donald Brown short of the marker on third and 1 from the Colts' 49.

Earlier: As expected, running back Jerome Harrison is active for the first time since joining the Eagles in a trade with Cleveland Oct. 14. Harrison's presence on the 45-man active unit means RB Joique Bell is inactive. Also active for the first time is fourth-round rookie linebacker Keenan Clayton. Inactives are RB/WR Chad Hall, CB Ellis Hobbs, OT King Dunlap, OL Reggie Wells, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and TE Clay Harbor. Mike Kafka is the third QB.

More interesting are the Colts' inactives, which include RB Joseph Addai,LB Clint Session and starting corner Jerraud Powers. RB Mike Hart also is inactive, making Donald Brown the starting running back. 

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