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Michael Vick: Evaluating the QB's Performance Against the New York Giants

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Mike BurkeCorrespondent INovember 22, 2010

Michael Vick didn’t set any records on Sunday night. He didn’t throw for any touchdowns (although that’s not entirely his fault) and he committed his first turnover of the season. However, Vick walked away from Sunday’s game with the win, and in the end, that’s the most important statistic of them all.

On the night, Vick was 24-38 for 258 yards. His wide receivers failed to make a couple of catches for him, including instances where they were wide open in the end zone. Vick also rushed the ball 11 times for 34 yards and a touchdown as he finished the night with a quarterback rating of 83.

Statistically, this was not Vick’s best performance. It was nowhere close to what he did on Monday night against the Redskins, but you can’t expect that type of performance every game. You also can’t expect that type of performance against a defense as good as the Giants.

The Giants entered the game with the No. 1-rated defense in the NFL and proved to be a force. To go along with their relentless defensive line, the Giants sent a lot of blitzes in Vick’s direction, and forced him to scramble to his right in most circumstances.

Vick was unable to make any big plays with his feet, and took his fair share of hits. However, he kept on getting up and showed his resiliency.

On LeSean McCoy’s touchdown run, Vick may have made one of the best plays of the game. It was a 4th-and-1 situation and the game was more or less on the line. Vick bobbled the snap, but was able to regain control and get a pitch to McCoy just passed the outstretched hand of Osi Umenyiora. If Vick doesn’t get the ball to McCoy there, the Eagles probably would have lost.

At the end of the day, it wasn’t the flashiest performance we’ve seen from Vick. However, he has now shown us that he has what it takes to grind out wins against good football teams. After not getting much help in the beginning of the game, Vick’s teammates stepped it up big time to pull out a very solid win.

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