LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins watches a replay on the scoreboard against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
The Redskins surrendered 45 first half points to the Eagles en route to a 59-28. On the day that former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb reached a five-year extension with the Redskins, his replacement in Philly became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 300 yards, rush for more than 50 yards, pass for four touchdowns and run for two in one game, ESPN reported.
The Eagles scored on an 88-yard pass from Vick to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage, led 35-0 after the first play of the second quarter and barely let up.
Vick completed his first 10 passes and finished 20 for 28 for 333 yards with four touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 80 yards and two scores, moving past Steve Young and into second place in NFL history for yards rushing by a quarterback.
The Eagles set team records for total yards in a game (592), points in a half (45) and had the biggest lead after the first quarter for any NFL road team (28-0) since at least 1950.
Vick became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game. He hasn't thrown an interception or lost a fumble this season.
More practically, the win moved Philadelphia (6-3) into a first-place tie with the New York Giants in the division, with both teams two games ahead of the Redskins (4-5). The Eagles are 4-0 when Vick starts and finishes the game.
A few hours before kickoff, the Redskins signed McNabb to a five-year, $78 million contract extension with $40 million guaranteed, putting to rest any doubts as to whether he would remain the centerpiece of coach Mike Shanahan's rebuilding effort. It was Washington's first game since Shanahan benched McNabb in the final two minutes of a loss to the Detroit, when the coach cited McNabb's less-than-full grasp of the two-minute offense and later the quarterback's lack of "cardiovascular endurance" stemming from sore hamstrings.
McNabb received a standing ovation and applauded the fans in return when he was introduced with the starting lineups, but most of those fans had left by halftime on a rainy night in which they heartily booed offense and defense alike.
McNabb finished 17 for 31 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, almost all of the yards coming after the Redskins had dug themselves a five-touchdown hole. Dimitri Patterson intercepted McNabb twice, returning one of them 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Interestingly, Shanahan made McNabb finish the entire game this time, even with the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
The 45 first-half points allowed by the Redskins tied a franchise record, and the 59 total points were the most allowed by a team coached by Shanahan.
Vick was among the players at the forefront of a skirmish between the teams on the field before the game, forcing officials to step in and restore peace. Maybe it fired him and his teammates up, because everything seemed to work early on: The Eagles piled up 280 total yards in the first quarter.
The touchdowns came early and often: the 88-yarder to Jackson, who had time to strut backward into the end zone; a 7-yard scramble by Vick; an 11-yard shovel pass to LeSean McCoy; a 50-yard run by Jerome Harrison, who weaved through missed tackles and around bad angles taken by Redskins defenders; a 48-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin, who made a remarkable grab as fell backward onto the pylon; a 6-yard run by Vick on a quarterback draw; a 3-yard pass to Jason Avant; and Patterson's interception runback.