The Eagles-Texans score went through a few mood swings. To start off, the Eagles-Texans score was one-sided for Philadelphia, although it could have been worse. Once things settled down, Houston jumped right out of the gate in the second half, and seemingly took control of the game. But when the fourth quarter started, the home team made one more rally to take back control for good. Yet, although the score finally ended up 34-24 for Philadelphia, it wasn’t the easy win they needed.
Michael Vick and company came out on fire, getting two touchdowns on long drives to start off. Even Houston’s prolific offense couldn’t keep up at first, although they finally got a touchdown drive going in the second quarter.
With the score 17-10 late in the second, Philadelphia could have taken total control after a late interception. Yet, once Houston held them to a field goal – a common result for Philadelphia these days – they carried that momentum into the second half.
Just as the home team did in the first quarter, the visitors controlled both sides of the ball in the third. The Texans had two long touchdown drives of their own, leaving the Eagles scrambling to catch up. Houston finally took their first lead, by 24-20, as they were 15 minutes away from a season-saving win.
Yet there was still room for the game to go through one more swing. Despite being harassed and hit all night – and raising new doubts about his durability and the offensive line – Vick rallied back. A key drive ended on a 2-yard quarterback sneak, then led an 87-yard match for a clinching touchdown.
Vick threw for over 300 yards for the third time this year, after having just two 300-yard games in years past. The Eagles needed those yards to survive a brutal midgame stretch, and to maintain their lead in the NFC East.
Although the Eagles-Texans score bumped Philadelphia back to 8-4, and washed out their disappointing loss in Chicago days ago, they may not be celebrating too much. In fact, after playing four games in 18 days, they are anxious for a long rest. In particular, Vick may need a break just in time, since he was rushed and battered around for long periods once again.
Despite Vick’s revival, there are doubts on whether he can survive the full season – and whether the offensive line will let him. Ever since his explosion in Washington, the Giants, Bears and Texans have found ways to rush him and keep him in check – although Houston couldn’t do it for long.
While the score ultimately helped Philadelphia survive, Houston suffered another big blow. At 5-7, their only hope for their first playoff berth is to be perfect, and hope the Jaguars and Colts collapse.
Philadelphia now gets their necessary rest before visiting Dallas next Sunday, while Houston will return on Monday, Dec. 13, against Baltimore.
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