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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 11/21/2011

Giants-Eagles: Vince Young to the dream team’s rescue

Remember the days before the tantrums, the him-or-me warfare with the coach, when Vince Young was winning games — important games?

Almost one year to the day after he was benched by Jeff Fisher, then the Tennessee Titans’ coach, after an overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, Young was a starting quarterback again. This time, he was tasked with replacing Mike Vick and saving the Philadelphia Eagles’ season against the New York Giants on “Sunday Night Football” and pulling his boss’s behind out of the fire.

That was a lot for the guy who came to the Eagles and promptly labeled the star-laden group “the dream team” to put behind him, but his version of “the drive” brought him a measure of respect. With the score tied at 10-10, Young capped an 80-yard, 18-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper with 2:45 left. Forget the total numbers — 23 of 36 passing for 258 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and a 69 passer rating. He delivered.

“I had a couple of jitters,” Young said. “It's been a while. Overall, I started to calm and just let the game come to me.”

Will the game against New England on Sunday come to him as well? Will Vick’s two broken ribs allow him to play and send Young back to the bench? Andy Reid isn’t saying.

“I'd rather just take it day by day,” Reid said (via Philly.com’s Jeff McLane). “Mike's a good player. I'm pretty fortunate I have three good quarterbacks. We're lucky that way. We'll just see how things go with Mike. I'm not going to put him a bad position, that's for sure.”

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