Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Hold Off Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a 21-16 victory over Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, winning their NFC Wild Card matchup. The Packers face the Atlanta Falcons, the top seed of the NFC, next Saturday.

Rodgers completed 18 of 27 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Rodgers threw one touchdown pass in each of the first three quarters.

Vick made 20 of 36 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 33 yards on 8 rushes and scored on a touchdown of his own. However, his interception with 33 seconds left in the game prevented the Eagles from completing what could have been the winning play.

A huge defensive play by Tramon Willians saved the game for Green Bay.

Green Bay led 14-3 after two quarters behind Rodgers’ two touchdown passes against a lone field goal by David Akers.

Vick threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter to cut the Packers lead 14-10. Rodgers competed a touchdown pass halfway through the third quarter to give the Packers a 21-10 lead.

Vick led another surge by the Eagles, scoring on a touchdown with four minutes to play in the fourth quarter but missed on a two-point attempt, 21-16. Philadelphia had a chance at winning the game on a late play in the final seconds but Williams intercepted Vick’s pass to Riley Cooper with 33 seconds left to to preserve the victory for the Packers.

Washington Redskins Defeat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-12

The Washington Redskins-Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday was highly anticipated partly due to the Donovan McNabb-Michael Vick matchup. McNabb has played as an Eagle for a decade and was set to meet his former teammates and a new starting quarterback in Vick.

Michael Vick has made a successful return to football coming from an 18-month sentence. When the Atlanta Falcons released him, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Vick in August 2009 to play as backup to then starter McNabb.

With McNabb moving to Washington and fellow Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb injured early in the season, Vick has taken over the starting quarterback role with good results so far.

The hype up matchup on Sunday, however, did not live up to expectations as Vick got injured early. Vick suffered from a rib cartilage injury that forced coach Andy Reid to play Kolb in the second half.

McNabb was also sparingly used, completing 8 of 19 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown and an interception as the Redskins defeated an Eagles team that failed to score a single touchdown, 17-12.

Two touchdowns in the first quarter gave the Redskins a comfortable lead, 14-0. A 26-yard Redskins field goal sandwiched by two Eagles field goals in the second quarter pegged the halftime score at 17-6.

A late touchdown by a Kevin Kolb pass to Brent Celek pushed the Eagles closer, 17-12, but time ran out on the Eagles.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles Demolish Jacksonville Jaguars 28-3

Michael Vick has proven in his first three games that Andy Reid made the right decision about him. He has so far led the Philadelphia Eagles to rally against Green Bay, a win over Detroit and a demolition job of Jacksonville on Sunday.

Vick completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards that included three touchdown passes and a touchdown of his own to notch a win over the Jaguars, 28-3 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Vick found DeSean Jackson for a 61-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to make a statement early in the game. He issued two more touchdown passes to Jeremy Maclin, the first one a 16-yarder as time was winding down in the second quarter and the other a 45-yard touchdown at the 10th minute of the third quarter.

Vick rushed and scored his 17-yard touchdown in the last twenty seconds of the third quarter for the final score, 28-3. DeSean Jackson wound up with five catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in the game. Jeremy Maclin had four catches for 83 yards with two touchdowns.

The Eagles are now 2-1 overall but 2-0 with Michael Vick starting at quarterback. This makes the Donovan McNabb-Michael Vick discussion more interesting.