Michael Vick ran wild in the first half, but the Philadelphia Eagles trail the Kansas City Chiefs, 16-6, heading into halftime on Thursday night. Vick has covered 85 yards on just three carries, but threw two costly interceptions to account for half of the Eagles' four turnovers.
The Chiefs' offense started slow thanks to some blanket defense in the Eagles' secondary, which forced quarterback Alex Smith to tuck and run for modest gains despite ample time to survey the field. Without that solid defensive effort, the Eagles could be staring at a larger deficit.
The Eagles got a massive scare at the two-minute warning when LeSean McCoy appeared to suffer a serious leg injury on a run. While lying on the ground in pain, current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid went onto the field to be with his former running back. Thankfully, McCoy was able to jog off the field, albeit with a limp.
The Eagles found themselves down 10-0 within the first five minutes of the game despite the defense's best effort. Special teams gave up a kickoff return past midfield to open the game, which the defense managed to withstand on a three-and-out. However, Damaris Johnson muffed the return to put the Chiefs back on offense at the Eagles' 8-yard line. The Eagles' defense held again to keep the Chiefs to a field goal.
The Eagles then took over on offense, and promptly gave the Chiefs seven free points. Vick attempted a short pass to the right to a covered Brent Celek, and safety Eric Berry took the deflected pass all the way to the end zone. The Chiefs kicked an extra point to take a double-digit lead with minus-4 yards of total offense.
The Eagles got on the board quickly with their third offensive possession. Vick kept the ball on a read-option play and carried it 61 yards through the heart of the defense to the Chiefs' 26-yard line. Two plays later, Vick found Jason Avant streaking open in the end zone on a nicely placed 22-yard pass off of his back foot. The Eagles went for two points after the play and failed to convert, though blame for the call may fall on the holder.
Vick reeled off a 24-yard scramble to put the Eagles just past midfield on the Eagles' next possession, but another miscue gave the ball back to the Chiefs. Center Jason Kelce fumbled the shotgun snap to Vick, which the Chiefs recovered for the Eagles' third turnover.
Turnover No. 4 came for the Eagles just after the Chiefs extended their lead to 13-6. Throwing off his back foot worked well for Vick on his touchdown pass, but it bit him on a deep second quarter pass intended for Riley Cooper. Sean Smith stepped in front of the sailed pass for his first interception of the season.
Vick is 5-for-12 passing for 46 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Smith is 11-for-22 for 177 yards. McCoy had 66 yards rushing on 11 carries before leaving the game. Jamaal Charles ran for just 14 yards on six carries, but added 61 yards on four receptions. Donnie Avery leads all receivers with 103 yards on five receptions.