Michael Vick, Eagles Comeback Ability Makes Them Exactly Like Phillies

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIDecember 21, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs in the game winning touchdown on a punt return against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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On Sunday, the Eagles won 38-31 against the New York Giants in what was arguably the greatest game in franchise history. They overcame a 21-point deficit in the final eighth of the game. Oh, and they won without entering overtime.

In doing so, they looked exactly like another Philadelphia team. Your Philadelphia Phillies.

That's exactly what Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez have been doing for years now. Trailing by six runs against the Cincinnati Reds entering the bottom of the ninth? Not a problem. Down 9-2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning? Yeah, whatever. They'd find a way to win, usually in heroic, walk-off, fist-pumping fashion.

The Eagles have never been able to win games like that. Not with Donovan McNabb at quarterback. A comeback for the Eagles would consist of the following:

Trailing 20-17 against an inferior team entering the fourth quarter. Early touchdown drive in the fourth quarter gives Eagles a 24-20 lead. Late interception touchdown seals 31-20 victory.

Maybe the Eagles would score a touchdown with just five or six minutes remaining in the game, but that was about as exciting as it got. If the Eagles were losing, the final drive would consist of two bounced passes, one big drop, a sack, a little bit of vomiting and finally a poor throw on fourth down to seal the deal.

What Michael Vick did against the New York Giants on Sunday is something Eagles fans, at least ones my age, have never experienced. Ever.

This wasn't your ordinary seven-point comeback. This was a 21-point comeback in the final eighth of the game. This was the baseball equivalent of overcoming that 9-2 deficit against the Dodgers...in one inning...without needing extra innings.

This was legitimately one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the National Football League.

If there was any doubt about Vick's ability to lead this team, his fourth fourth quarter comeback of the season established himself as one of the best, if not the best, offensive weapon in the NFL.

And it told the world that this Eagles team is something special.

They're exactly like the Phillies. They're never out of a game.