There’s no denying that the Philadelphia Eagles put forth a great team effort during the fourth quarter of the New York Giants game in order to escape with the win. However, there’s also no denying that the effort Michael Vick put forward was anything less than phenomenal.
The performance was noteworthy, but it really shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise. Since Vick has returned after the bye week, the Eagles have been trailing at halftime or later in six out of their seven games and only lost once. The only time they weren’t trailing at halftime or a point later in the game came in the blowout against the Washington Redskins.
In three out of these six situations, the Eagles were trailing in the fourth quarter and managed to come back and win. The Eagles trailed by one in the fourth quarter of the first meeting with the Giants, trailed by four in the final quarter against the Texans and trailed by 21 points last Sunday before making a miraculous come back.
There isn’t a single team in the NFL who wants to be trailing late in a football game. However, if you are, you need a guy leading your team that isn’t going to quit on you. You need a guy who can rally the troops and take matters into his own hands. The Eagles have one of those guys and his name is Michael Vick.
Has Vick been the only guy to make plays down the stretch when the Eagles needed one? No, there have been others who have stepped up along the way. However, Vick is always in the center of it all and has been relied on in every game to step up when the Eagles needed him to.
Vick’s versatility is really what has made him so unstoppable this year. He has made defensive coordinators have to plan for both his running and throwing ability. As we’ve often seen this year, it’s almost impossible to stop him from doing one or the other. Don’t want him to throw on you? That’s fine, he’ll run. Don’t want him to scramble all over the place? That’s fine, too. He has plenty of targets to throw to and is delivering the ball better than he has ever has before.
He’s the total package right now and has shown incredible leadership along the way. If the team needs him to put them on his back late in a game, he thinks nothing of it. He simply gets the job done.
With Vick at the helm this year, we’ve seen that nothing is over until he says it is.