Michael Vick had a feeling his return to Atlanta would be special. He could tell by the tears welling in his eyes even before he reached the Georgia Dome.
“I’ll never forget this day,” Vick said after running and passing for touchdowns in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-7 win at Atlanta on Sunday.
The touchdowns were Vick’s first two of his comeback season, and along the way he won over Atlanta fans who spent the first half booing his every move.
“I’ll never forget coming back to this stadium,” Vick said. “I’ll never forget the bus ride over here today and I’ll never forget seeing a lot of the landmarks I used to see and I’ll never forget shedding a tear on the bus ride over here. I took that ride every Sunday coming in.”
For the start of the game, Vick’s fans wearing his No. 7 jersey were outnumbered by those who welcomed the former Falcons quarterback with boos.
But Vick won over the crowd by running and passing for touchdowns in the second half.
In the fourth quarter, fans chanted “We want Vick! We want Vick!” Sure enough, Vick came back into the game.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went to the locker room for treatment of an arm injury, but did not miss a play in Sunday’s 22-21 loss to Miami.
Brady was coy about what happened when he left the field in the first quarter.
“I had to come in here and get some stuff taken care of,” he said.
The pains are accumulating for Brady, who came in with right shoulder and finger injuries. He threw two interceptions in the final 10 minutes, but Brady declined to blame health issues.
• Texans quarterback Matt Schaub returned to his game after getting treatment for a separated shoulder.
Schaub hurt his left shoulder on the Texans’ first play of a 23-18 loss to Jacksonville. After getting sacked by Derrick Harvey, Schaub stayed on the ground as trainers rushed onto the field. Schaub eventually walked off without any help, but spent just a few minutes on the bench before heading to the locker room for tests.
• Bears wide receiver and kick returner Devin Hester left Chicago’s 17-9 win over the St. Louis Rams in the third quarter with a calf injury.
• Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay sustained an apparent concussion during a helmet-to-helmet collision with teammate Ryan Mundy during the Raiders’ victory. Gay did not require hospitalization.
• Tampa Bay cornerback Clifton Smith sustained a concussion in a loss to Carolina.
It marked Smith’s second concussion against the Panthers this season.
• Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford aggravated his injured non-throwing shoulder late in Detroit’s loss to the Bengals and didn’t return.
Andy Reid says he loves coaching the Philadelphia Eagles but won’t discuss reports he’s close to completing a long-term contract extension. ... Joe Gibbs and Joe Theismann will reunite to call a wild-card game for NBC during the playoffs. Theismann was the quarterback when Gibbs coached the Washington Redskins to their first Super Bowl win in 1983.