The NFL version of real life intruded on the Eagles' home opener Sunday. After electrifying the NFL with their offensive performance on Monday night against Washington, the Eagles stalled against the San Diego Chargers. They did not block well for long stretches of the game, and the connection that seemed available for much of the afternoon -- Michael Vick to DeSean Jackson -- was decidedly hit-and-miss (and a lot more miss than hit). Oh, and the defense gave up yards by the bucketload.
Through the first half, the numbers on the scoreboard did not spin as anticipated. The pace of the game, such a shock to Washington, was not nearly as stunning. What many thought would be another demonstration of Chip Kelly's lightning was, instead, a slog at times.
The offense came alive in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the team's atrocious secondary.
In the second half, Vick threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jackson and ran for another. And then, after the Chargers scored to take a 30-27 lead with 3:11 left in the fourth quarter, Vick took the Eagles down the field again, had to leave for a play just before the 2-minute warning after being shaken up on a hit by the Chargers' Jarius Wynn, and then returned to throw an incompletion under pressure. Alex Henery's 32-yard field goal tied the game with 1:51 remaining.