Eagles Vs. Patriots: Philly Wins The Game, Loses Michael Vick

The Eagles beat the Patriots, 27-17, but it came at a cost: Michael Vick suffered a vicious hit in the first quarter and left with injured ribs. X-rays were negative and an MRI is scheduled Tuesday.

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Patriots Play Ugly Game Without Starters

Monday night's preseason contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots showcased two different exhibition strategies. In the Eagles' 27-17 victory at Gillette Stadium, Philly decided to play its starters -- not including injured quarterback Michael Vick -- well into the third quarter, while New England played its safe by not playing anybody.

The Pats' strategy led to a ugly performance from the defending AFC champions, says SB Nation blog Pats Pulpit.

Overall, it was a really ugly game, with 23 combined penalties and three turnovers between the teams. Mallett had an improved performance, but still has a way to go. Tonight was a reminder that it's still the preseason, and both teams have a lot of work ahead of them.

Despite not playing star quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots jumped out to an early 11-0 lead behind backup Ryan Mallett. But a muffed punt by Brandon Bolden turned the game's momentum in favor of the Eagles, who rolled from there.

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Nick Foles Turns In Another Impressive Eagles Preseason Performance

The talk-of-the-town after Monday night's 27-17 victory by the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots was the injury to quarterback Michael Vick, but lost in shuffle of the drama was the solid play of backup Nick Foles, who led his team to its second straight win.

Taking over after Vick suffered a vicious rib-shot from Patriots' linebacker Jermaine Cunningham in the middle of the first quarter, Foles completed 18 of 28 passes for 217 yards and pair of touchdowns. In 2 1/2 quarters of work, the 23-year-old Arizona Wildcat product tossed just one interception, helping the Eagles put together a few scoring drives.

"What really was impressive about Foles is how he bounced back from that pick," wrote the SB Nation blog Bleeding Green Nation Monday. "That's what NFL guys will tell you about QBs. Anyone can get off to a nice start, but you don't know what you have until a guy faces adversity."

Also impressive to the Eagles' blog was Foles' ability to lead his team to a third-quarter touchdown coming out of halftime.

"On Foles' first possession in the third quarter, he marched the Eagles straight down the field for a TD, going 5-6 for 87 yards and a TD on the drive. The highlights were a 40-yard deep ball to DeSean Jackson and a perfectly placed throw on a cross route to Clay Harbor for a TD."

NFL fans know about Vick's injury prone history, but if Foles' preseason performance showed anything, it's the Eagles may have a solid backup in case anything happens to No. 7.



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Eagles Vs. Patriots Final Score: Philadelphia Defeats New England 27-17, Vick Leaves With Injury

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 27-17 Monday night, led by an impressive performance from backup quarterback Nick Foles.

Philadelphia Eagles third-string quarterback Trent Edwards led his offense down the field and kicker Alex Henery made a 21-yard field goal for the only points of the fourth quarter, capping off the ten-point victory. The Eagles were led by Foles, who finished with 18 completions on 28 attempts for 217 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Both touchdown passes went to tight end Clay Harbor.

For the Patriots, quarterback Ryan Mallett led the way with 10 completions for 105 yards and one touchdown.

The story of the game, however, is the injury to Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick. On a deep pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Vick was hit hard in the midsection by Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunningham as he released the ball. Vick walked off the field under his own power and did not return. X-rays on his ribs were negative.

Both teams play their next preseason game on August 24. The Eagles visit Cleveland to play the Browns, and the New England Patriots face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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DeSean Jackson Thought 'No, Not Again' When Michael Vick Went Down

When DeSean Jackson saw Michael Vick go down in Monday's game against the Patriots, he thought, "No, not again." Vick's had an injury prone reputation in the past and suffering an injury in consecutive preseason games won't help that.

Last week it was the thumb injury. This week it's an apparent rib injury but x-rays were negative.

"Last year we dealt with a lot of him getting injured and things like that," Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson said in a sideline interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters. "He's such a huge part of our offense. Going back in there at halftime and checking him out, things were pretty cool. He was sore and bruised up a little bit. He was just like, 'Man, I can't keep taking hits like that.' Hopefully we can protect him better."

The Eagles are hoping he can do the same but Vick isn't someone who is going to go down easily which will occasionally lead to situations where he's more at risk for injury.

"He was back there joking around but at the same time sore, bruised up and hurt a little bit," Jackson said in the third quarter on Monday night. "But it's the second preseason game. We have a lot of time before the first game. Hopefully he can get off his feet, chill, relax and not take anymore hits like that."

Updates on Vick's status will continue to come in this week but Andy Reid says Vick is "sore but OK".

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Michael Vick Injury: Eagles QB Goes Down, Heads To Locker Room For X-Rays

Michael Vick was injured in the middle of the first quarter during the Eagles Monday Night Football game against the Patriots. As he dropped back to go deep off of playaction, Vick took a big shot to the midsection from Patriots rusher Jermaine Cunningham. The ball fluttered deep down the field as Vick was planted on the Gillette Stadium turf. It first appeared to be an injury to the ribs. An animated gif of the hit that injured him:

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The Eagles quarterback was slow to get up at first, hobbling back to the huddle and grabbing his stomach. But a moment later, he went down to one knee and Andy Reid was forced to call a timeout. Nick Foles came in to replace him as he went to the locker room for further examination and x-rays.



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