Posted by Will Brinson
Anyone who decided to skip the Philadelphia - Washington Monday night game and do something boring like watch the NBA eat dinner with your family is gonna be pretty upset come Tuesday. Michael Vick treated fans to a first-half performance that might go down as one of the most memorable primetime explosions in NFL history as Vick threw for 264 yards and three TDs and ran for another 66 yards and 2 TDs.
The opening play from scrimmage, an 88-yard bomb from Vick to DeSean Jackson, was the longest first play from scrimmage in Eagles history, the 10th longest pass play in Eagles history, the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Redskins, and the longest play in both Vick and Jackson's respective careers.
The Eagles didn't stop there, though, pouring on the points for the entire half, and taking a 28-0 lead into the second quarter, which set the NFL record for biggest lead by a road team in NFL history after one quarter.
Oh yes, and the Eagles posted 280 yards from scrimmage in that first quarter, also an NFL record.
Fortunately, for interest and ratings' sake, the Redskins realized the game had started, and McNabb connected on two long passes to Anthony Anderson and Fred Davis, both of which eventually led to touchdowns for the Eagles. (Expensive ones, too, since McNabb's making a little bit more money now, in case you missed the news about his extension.)
But Washington's attempt to salvage some pride didn't last too long, as Vick kept distributing the ball en route to piling up 45 total points, an Eagles record for points in a half. On the way, nearly everyone got in on the action as LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin both caught touchdowns and even Jerome Harrison scored on a 50-yard scamper.
A less impressive way to look at the 45 points? That ties the record for most points given up by the Redskins in one half, previously set when they lost to the Bears 73-0 way back in 1940.
For those of you who play fantasy football, Vick (who I'm starting in a pair of leagues, *shimmy*), piled up 46 points in standard CBSSports.com leagues, and even warranted a hot sticky ... after the first quarter.
And one more for the road: Vick managed to pass Steve Young for second all-time for rushing yards by a quarterback, trailing only Randall Cunningham (who once received a contract extension the night before playing the Redskins; seriously).
Needless to say, there's not a whole lot that could happen in the second half to really shock anyone. Or is there ...
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