Vikings vs. Eagles Tuesday Night Football: Live Reactions To the Biggest Stories
It appears that everyone gets one more Christmas gift this season, a Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles, Tuesday Night Football game! We all know that this is one of the best gifts of the season, as we are able to watch Michael Vick and the Eagles explosive offense, and the always elusive and quick Adrian Peterson of the Vikings.
Philadelphia Eagles Featured Columnist, Troy Ballard here. Bringing you live reactions to the Vikings and Eagles game. This is going to be an excellent NFC match up, and I am looking forward to bringing you all the action and the games biggest news.
The Eagles enter this game riding a huge divisional win last week at the Meadowlands, in one of the greatest comebacks in all of franchise history. With the win, the Eagles were able to take first place in the NFC East at (10-4), and are now locked into the postseason.
The Vikings come into Philadelphia coming off of a huge loss against their division rival, and are long out of the playoffs. Currently in third place in the NFC North sitting at (5-9), and playing just to keep the Eagles out of the Playoffs.
Can the Vikings find some Christmas magic?
Can the Eagles lock in their first round bye?
All will be answered on Tuesday Night Football!
Current Score: Vikings-24 Eagles-14
The Vikings simply wiped the Eagles this game.
The Vikings had more drive to win the game. The Eagles did not.
The Vikings offense actually moved the ball. The Eagles did not.
The Vikings defense actually made plays. The Eagles did not.
It was just a great game for the Vikings, and a flat out terrible one for the Eagles.
The Vikings are able to pull the upset in Philadelphia and win the game, 24-14.
The Eagles are now out of timeouts. The Vikings are continuing to drive down the field, and pick up first downs as the clock continues to drain. The only thing stopping the clock is the two minute warning, and that is not going to help at this point.
As an Eagles fan, I'm disappointed. The Eagles had the possibility of securing a first round bye, and they came onto the field like their season was already over. They literally did not come out to win a game, and they just let the Vikings walk all over them.
There was not a single aspect of this game that I like as an Eagles fan. That and Michael Vick's MVP award is long gone. It faded away with those three turnovers.
However, if your a Vikings fan, I would be jumping up and down with joy and dancing through the streets. Just because of Joe Webb. This guy could be the future of the team, and he showed some excellent potential.
It looks like the Vikings may have just sealed the fate of the Eagles, as they now have a 10 point lead late in the fourth quarter.
An excellent drive led by Joe Webb, and a great conversion where he was able to find Percy Harvin open over the middle of the field, and pick up a huge first down on third down. Then following that big first down conversion, Adrian Peterson just carried the Vikings into the endzone. Literally.
Peterson had a huge rush which set the Vikings up with first and goal from around the two yard line. Then on the next play, Peterson was able to muscle his way into the endzone. Giving the Vikings the lead late in the game, forcing the Eagles to score in a short time and then make a big defensive stop.
This may be the end of the game for the Eagles.
Michael Vick has had an awful game. There is really no other way to put it. Three turnovers, one of them being returned for a defensive touchdown, he has hurt the Eagles substantially. The offense has struggled all game, and they just can't seem to find their groove.
Now, Vick was able to keep the drive alive, by himself on several plays. Whether it be making an athletic play and avoiding a sack, or scrambling out of the backfield and making huge scrambling plays for first downs.
It seemed like it was a painful effort for the Eagles offense to even get a drive moving. But, towards the end of the drive they started to move the ball like they should be doing.
Vick capped off the drive with a rushing touchdown right up the middle of the field. The Eagles are now within three points of the Vikings.
Michael Vick has been far from an MVP performance this game. As soon as the Eagles get something going, Vick has some how turned the ball over. This is something that no one has seen this season from Vick, and hopefully it is not a sign of things to come.
In the game, Vick has three turnovers. This is coming from the same player that did not have a single turnover for the greater half of the season. Now Vick has two fumbles, one that went back for a touchdown, and one interception.
I think it is a safe bet to say that Vick's MVP chances are just about over. Considering how good of a performance Tom Brady had in his game against Buffalo.
Now, the Eagles are in quite the situation. They are behind by 10 points, and now the Vikings once again have the ball. Unless the Eagles are able to turn it around, it could be a rough fourth quarter, and the Eagles could lose their first round bye.
The Vikings are close to closing this game out.
Joe Webb has really showed what he can do this game, and he is making this tough Eagles defense look like a high school team. I'm not sure how this is happening, not only through the air, but also on the ground and they are getting torn apart.
Now, Webb was able to get the ball into the endzone rushing the ball on a rollout play. The play happened and I'm not even sure the Eagles defense was even on the field. Webb just kind of skirted right along the sideline and walked in for a touchdown.
With the touchdown, the Vikings jump out to a 10 point lead and it's late in the third quarter. Unless the Eagles defense starts to step up, or the offense gets moving, the Vikings will be able to run away with this game.
Joe Webb has been able to get a Vikings lead, over this incredibly fast scoring Eagles offense. It is hard to think that a rookie has been able to outperform a guy who is looking like a clear cut MVP candidate.
But Webb has had the Vikings a touchdown, but it was overturned. He was still able to get them a field goal, and get them into field goal range in the first place. Not to mention the fact that he now has no interceptions.
Vick may have a touchdown, but he also has an interception. Not to mention how many bad throws and stalled drives. This is unlike Vick, and he just can't seem to find any offensive rhythm, and the score currently reflects that.
If Webb can keep the ball moving, with the help of Adrian Peterson, it may turn into the upset that no one expected. The Vikings offense is currently driving and holds the lead over the Eagles.
Joe Webb is here to play. Of course with the help of Dimitri Patterson.
Patterson was burned by Harvin on a gorgeous deep throw and was able to get a pass interference call on top of the huge throw. The led to another big pass play over the middle, which gave the Vikings first and goal.
Then another personal foul on Patterson gave the Vikings a fresh set of downs on first and goal. Then two plays later, Webb threw a perfect throw to Sidney Rice in the corner of the endzone, which resulted in a touchdown.
Andy Reid threw the challenge flag, and the play was overturned. This led to a Vikings field goal. Webb had a great opening few plays, but kind of blew the touchdown following the challenge. Webb had a wide open Peterson on the goal line, and just ran out of bounds on a sack play.
The Vikings take an early lead in the second half, 10-7.
The Vikings have been able to keep this game much closer than expected, as the game is tied 7-7 at halftime. Although, the Joe Webb led Vikings offense has been completely dead, Antoine Windfield is there to back them up. But the again, the Eagles offense led by Michael Vick, can't seem to get anything going and has had some serious trouble.
I am impressed by the Vikings defense, and they have done an excellent job of covering the Eagles receivers, and also keeping Vick contained. The defense has really only had one bad drive, and aside from that have been lockdown.
The Eagles offense needs to get something going, and soon. This is a slow start for the Eagles and this is not like their team. This needs to turn around for the Eagles to win this game. The Vikings are receiving the ball to start the half.
This could be the upset of the week.
The Eagles were finally getting some offense moving late in the second quarter, and they looked like they would be able to at least get a field goal before halftime. Then Antoine Windfield happened.
On several straight blitzes, Windfield was able to get pressure on Vick, and was able to force some bad throws and also some nice rollouts.
With :50 seconds left before halftime, Windfield came around the corner and was able to knock the ball out of Vick's hands and onto the turf. Not only was he able to cause the fumble, but he had enough awareness to pick it up and then take it all the way back to the endzone. Untouched.
An excellent play by a veteran player like Windfield, and the Vikings are able to tie the game against a slow moving Philadelphia offense.
Vikings now have the game tied. 7-7.
Adrian Peterson was on a roll. Following the Michael Vick interception, he had several good runs and was able to put the Eagles defense on their heels. He was able to break a huge run, and could get into Eagles territory and even field goal range.
On that run, he was tripped up, and Bernard Berrian's foot knocked the ball loose as he was going to the ground. Peterson was immediately motioning that he was down, and that it was not a fumble. After the officials signaled it was the Eagles ball, Peterson began begging Frazier to throw the challenge flag.
Frazier elected not to throw the challenge flag, and it turned out that it was indeed a fumble.
This breaks Peterson's non-fumble streak, as he was able to get to 254 straight touches. It's a shame considering it was not even his fault. Let's see if this effects his performance throughout the remainder of the game.
The Eagles were able to jump out to an early lead, but it has been a slow start considering how explosive this offense has been. The Eagles defense has been able to get a good hold on Joe Webb, and he has had some trouble moving the ball. Adrian Peterson has had a few nice medium length rushes, but he was mainly contained.
The Vikings defense has had some trouble keeping the Eagles rushing game contained, as McCoy has had a very good game so far. Michael Vick has had some good passes, and has had a good game so far evading pressure, although the Vikings defense has had some very good hits on Vick.
I'm waiting for this Vikings offense to wake up and get moving. Webb has all the weapons and he has the talent to get this offense moving.
Vikings fans, don't lose faith in Webb just yet.
The Eagles were able to capitalize off great field position, following a Vikings' personal foul on the punt return and Michael Vick was able to hit Clay Harbor in the back of the endzone for a touchdown.
Following an excellent catch by Jeremy Maclin on the sideline, which was arguably not a catch as he bobbled the ball out of bounds. Leslie Frazier did his best to challenge the play, but the officials did not quite see the challenge flag, and the Eagles were able to get their play off in time.
The touchdown catch, was also challenged by Leslie Frazier, and this time he actually was able to get the officials attention. The ruling on the field was held, and the Eagles take the early lead.
Now, Webb will be starting his next drive down a touchdown. This will be be a great way to show that he can rebound and keep the Vikings in the game.
Both the Eagles and the Vikings struggled on their opening drives, and that was with Adrian Peterson and Michael Vick both playing.
The Eagles opened the game with a great run from Michael Vick, but on the next play was sacked and essentially put the Eagles out of any third down conversion opportunities. Thanks to two great plays by Windfield, the Vikings were able to hold the opening drive.
The Vikings had a similar fate, except a failed run by Percy Harvin on second down set up a third and six for Joe Webb, and he was unable to convert. Mainly due to the impressive play by rookie Jamar Channey, and led to the three and out.
The Eagles are starting their next drive on the 50, in great field position to score.
This is going to be an excellent game. Whether it be a blow out delivered by the Eagles, or a great first start from Joe Webb. There are plenty of game changing players on each team, and they will be out and ready to perform.
Quick Thoughts for the Eagles:
Can the Eagles cover Adrian Peterson? He is one of the fastest and most elusive running backs in the entire NFL, and it seems like this is the real test for the Eagles defense. This will be a great first look at the Eagles post season defense.
Will the Eagles win this game in a blowout? The Eagles are very heavy favorites going into this game, and without Brett Favre it is looking even better for Philadelphia. The Eagles offense seems unstoppable, and Philadelphia's defense is going against a rookie and his first start.
Quick Thoughts for the Eagles:
Can Rookie Joe Webb Impress Everyone: Joe Webb had some time in last weeks game after Favre went down, and he had some trouble. This is Webb's chance to turn it around and amaze everyone and prove that he can be the Viking's future QB.
How Good Will Adrian Peterson Be: With Webb getting his first career start, the Vikings will be relying heavily on Adrian Peterson to help carry the offensive load. The Viking's success is going to be leaning heavily on Peterson's performance. If Peterson is shut down, this game is as good as over.