Wade Wilson, benched for first-half ineffectiveness, returned to throw three touchdown passes in the final 8 1/2 minutes today as the Minnesota Vikings, who trailed by 23-0 early in the fourth quarter, rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-23.
"There's no way to describe a loss like this," Eagles nose tackle Ken Clarke said. "Anything I say will be redundant and impossible. I never thought any team could score 28 points against this defense, let alone in one quarter. It's just unheard of."
The Eagles (6-7) took a 20-0 halftime lead on Ron Jaworski's scoring passes to John Spagnola and Mike Quick and Paul McFadden's two field goals. McFadden's third field goal made it 23-0 with 7:31 to go in the third period.
Wilson, who completed six of 14 passes in the first half and was replaced by rookie Steve Bono, returned after Bono went one for 10 for five yards. Wilson made it 23-7 on a seven-yard pass to Allen Rice with 8:27 left in the game.
The Vikings (6-7) then took advantage of turnovers to close to 23-21. First, Willie Teal returned Jaworski's fumble 65 yards for a score and Wilson had a 36-yard scoring pass to Anthony Carter, set up when safety Joey Browner recovered Spagnola's fumble at Philadelphia's 36.
After Philadelphia didn't get a first down, Carter returned a punt 22 yards to Minnesota's 40. On a fourth-and-five play, Carter caught a 42-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 left.