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Michael Vick's Game-Losing Interception Defines Philadelphia Sports

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks on the field before playing against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIINovember 5, 2016

You had to know it was coming. All season, it seemed too good to be true.

The Eagles' offense, run by Michael Vick, and with help from LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, was just too good to be true.

At times, the offense was literally unstoppable.

Like in the first half of the Eagles' 59-28 blowout victory over the Washington Redskins, when Michael Vick accounted for five total touchdowns and the Eagles scored 45 points.

Or in the last eight minutes of the Miracle at the New Meadowlands, when the Eagles overcame a 21-point deficit to win in regulation. Oh, and they won on a walkoff punt return by DeSean Jackson.

It all seemed to good to be true, and it started showing late in the season.

First Michael Vick got knocked around, just about every game. Then the Eagles blew their opportunity at a bye in the postseason, just like last season.

And then, before you knew it, the season was over.

But it didn't end with just a loss.

No, this was a gut-wrenching, stomach-churning, nailbiting 21-16 loss that ended with Michael Vick, the one who had been the savior for the Eagles all season, throwing an interception in the end zone with just 33 seconds remaining.

This, to me, was exactly what being a Philadelphia Eagles fan is all about.

It's the last minute, game losing interceptions in the postseason.

Aeneas Williams. Ronde Barber. Rodney Harrison. Tramon Williams.

It's the key injuries to key players that affect key games.

Donovan McNabb knocked out of the NFC championship game against the Panthers after a late hit. Terrell Owens' surgically repaired ankle in Super Bowl XXXIX. DeSean Jackson's knee injury in the wild-card game today.

And worst of all, it's the most reliable players all season failing in the most crucial stage.

Like Donovan McNabb, far too many times. David Akers a couple of times. Andy Reid almost every season. And now Michael Vick.

Vick's season was incredible. I know the Eagles wouldn't have even made the playoffs with Kolb, or even McNabb.

But in the end, nothing was different. Everything's all too familiar to this Eagles fan.

It's been 50 years without a championship. 50 and counting.

We're not in Cubs territory yet, but we are definitely beyond the embarrassing level.

 

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