Kolb put in a tough spot for NFL debut

Posted: September 24, 2007

Eagles rookie quarterback Kevin Kolb probably won't spend a lot of time looking at the highlights of his NFL debut - mainly because there weren't any.

After making 11 catches for 221 yards, wide receiver Kevin Curtis was just 16 yards from the franchise single-game mark of 237, set by Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald on Dec. 10, 1961.

But with 3 minutes remaining and the Eagles leading, 56-21, coach Andy Reid wasn't going to risk quarterback Donovan McNabb's health trying for a team record.

Still, the Birds clearly wanted to give Curtis a shot.

So when the Eagles got the ball on their 21-yard-line, Kolb was sent in under less-than-ideal circumstances.

Already humiliated by their impending defeat, the Detroit Lions were in no mood to see any Eagles quarterback dropping back to pass.

On Kolb's first play, he was sacked by Detroit nose tackle Langston Moore for a 7-yard loss.

On second down, Kolb handed off to running back Tony Hunt, but set up in the shotgun on third down. He was sacked by linebacker Paris Lenon and fumbled.

"Yeah, we were pretty aware of it," McNabb said of how close Curtis was to McDonald. "We tried to get [Curtis] an opportunity when [Kolb] was in there. It was a bad situation for Kevin Kolb."

When the Eagles got the ball back with 1:51 left, Kolb kneeled three times to run out the clock.

His final statistics: 0-for-0 passing for zero yards, minus-2 yards rushing on the three kneeldowns, two sacks for 13 yards and a lost fumble. *

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