Michael Vick shook off all the hard hits, continued to get up off the ground and kept making plays.
Vick threw for 302 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, rallying the Philadelphia Eagles to a 34-24 victory over the Houston Texans on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Vick was hurried, harassed and battered throughout the game. But he never stayed down despite taking a bunch of jarring hits, and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard run.
“He got knocked around a little bit,” coach Andy Reid said. “He got back up and kept going. I loved his energy in the second half. Both sides of the ball, he was firing them up.”
It was the first time Vick led the Eagles (8-4) back from a fourth-quarter deficit. They led 14-3 in the first half before falling behind 24-20.
“We did a great job battling back,” Vick said.
Matt Schaub had 337 yards passing and two scores for the Texans (5-7). Andre Johnson had 149 yards receiving – four days after his hockey-like fight with Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan.
The NFC East-leading Eagles were coming off their first loss in a game that Vick started and finished. He was 5-0 before a 31-26 loss at Chicago.
Vick continued his remarkable comeback story with another outstanding performance. He completed 22 of 33 passes for two touchdowns, and had his third 300-yard game.
“This young man is playing as good as anybody I’ve seen play in the NFL, and I’ve been doing it for a while,” said Texans coach Gary Kubiak.
After the Texans took their first lead in the third quarter, the Eagles answered. Vick sneaked in from the 2 to put Philadelphia ahead 27-24 early in the fourth. Vick’s 33-yard pass to DeSean Jackson to the Texans 11 set up the score.
Vick drove the Eagles 87 yards on their next possession, and tossed a 5-yard TD pass to Owen Schmitt to extend the lead to 34-24. He celebrated with a side leap into coach Andy Reid.
The Lions put former Washington State kicker Jason Hanson on injured reserve, ending his season with an injured right knee. … The Raiders signed backup quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan and placed Bruce Gradkowski on season-ending injury reserve because of his second shoulder injury. … The Steelers say quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have a broken right foot as previously reported, but instead is healing from an aggravation of a previous injury where scar tissue is present. … The Patriots put right guard Stephen Neal on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury that had sidelined him for the past three games. … The Bills’ starting defensive end Dwan Edwards is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve because of a hamstring injury.