Austin Collie injured as the Eagles beat the Indianapolis Colts
Monday, November 8, 2010; 12:34 AM
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles had quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver DeSean Jackson back on the field here Sunday, and once more looked capable of being one of the NFC's better teams. Vick threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Eagles beat the ever-more-short-handed Indianapolis Colts, 26-24, at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles improved their record to 5-3, putting them a game ahead of the Washington Redskins for second place in the NFC East. The Eagles are a game behind the first-place New York Giants and, with Vick and Jackson back from injuries, appear capable of being a factor not only in the division race, but also in the late-season scramble for conference supremacy.
"I think if we just put it all together, we can make a run at it," Vick said.
Vick was coming off a rib injury and making his first start in more than a month, and knocked any rust off his game immediately with a touchdown pass to Jackson on the Eagles' opening drive. Vick also scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a quarterback sneak. He ran for 74 yards and completed 17 of 29 passes for 218 yards. The Eagles got four field goals from place kicker David Akers.
Quarterback Peyton Manning threw a touchdown pass but also had two interceptions, only his third and fourth of the season, in a 31-for-52, 294-yard passing performance for the Colts. Rookie tailback Javarris James ran for a pair of touchdowns. It wasn't enough as the Colts had their three-game winning streak ended, and at 5-3, fell into a first-place tie with the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South.
The Colts led at halftime but were shut out in the second half until James's one-yard touchdown with just less than two minutes remaining. The Colts got the ball back at their 26-yard line with 40 seconds left, but they didn't have any timeouts and Manning had a pass intercepted by Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel with six seconds to go. It was Samuel's second interception of the game.
"I'm really disappointed I didn't give [place kicker Adam] Vinatieri a chance there at the end," Manning said.
The Colts' injury problems also continued. They already have a dozen players on the injured reserve list, and lost wide receiver Austin Collie to a concussion suffered Sunday. The game was stopped in the second quarter when Collie was hurt on a play on which he received an illegal hit on an incompletion. Collie was taken from the field on a stretcher, and the game resumed after a delay of approximately 10 minutes.
Collie was hit by two Eagles defenders, safeties Quintin Mikell and Kurt Coleman, on the play. A 15-yard penalty was called on Coleman for a hit to Collie's head, officials told a pool reporter the game. The Colts announced at halftime that Collie was alert, was sitting up and had movement.
The NFL announced earlier this season that it was cracking down on illegal hits to the head of players in defenseless positions during games, including a receiver making a catch.
Colts Coach Jim Caldwell said after the game that Collie was unconscious "for a period of time."
Caldwell also said: "He's awake. He's alert, and it's a concussion. . . . I think he'll recover quickly. He'll do okay."