Yes, there was still a game. And the first-team Eagles showed plenty of rust.
As news of Michael Vick's signing swirled, myriad penalties plus shaky special teams gave the New England Patriots a 15-point lead at halftime, one the reserves would not relinquish.
The Patriots defeated the Eagles, 27-25, in the preseason opener for both teams last night at Lincoln Financial Field.
Eagles kicker David Akers made four field goals, but he missed a 43-yard attempt with 57 seconds left that could have won the game.
Two of the Eagles' offensive starters left the game with injuries.
Free-agent left tackle Jason Peters re-injured his left thigh and tight end Brent Celek partially separated his left shoulder. Coach Andy Reid said Celek would be fine in "a couple of days."