Said Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, "They just kept scoring. It was shocking."
There is still a long way to go, but for now the Eagles are 6-3, and have already throttled the only NFC team with a better record, the Falcons. Monday's 59-28 win pulled the Eagles into a tie with the Giants atop the NFC East. A showdown between the rivals looms Sunday in Philadelphia. The Eagles will roll into that game riding a defense that has steadily improved and an offense that is positively volcanic.
If Monday's game had been a fight, the Redskins would have been counted out after the first punch. Vick hit DeSean Jackson for an 88-yard touchdown on the game's first play and the Eagles racked up a 28-0 lead before the first quarter concluded.
Both teams came out charged for the prime-time game, scuffling - mostly shoving and talking - as the Eagles headed to their locker room following pregame warm-ups. McGlynn said Redskins safety LaRon Landry tried to taunt the Eagles and intimidate Jackson. McGlynn said Landry twice spit on him during the game.
"The pregame altercation got it going. It had us ready," Jackson said. "We were like pit bulls ready to get out the cage."
The Eagles went right after Landry on their first play, leaving him lying on the field as Jackson went for 88 yards. Vick threw the ball some 63 yards in the air, and Jackson pranced backward for the final 10 yards of an emphatic score, punctuated by a forceful spike.
"I'll give you that first play," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "Not too many guys can throw that ball. I don't know how far it went - 65 yards in the air. That's a great play by Vick and Jackson both."
"Thirty-one teams need to save their money and try to make a bid on him," Haynesworth said of Vick.
Vick's incredible throw set the stage for a remarkable night. He threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He ran for 80 yards and two more scores. His passing and rushing touchdown totals tied career highs. He became the first player in NFL history with 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, four passing touchdowns, and two rushing touchdowns in a game.
"I've had some great games in my day, but I don't think I've had one quite like this," Vick said.
"I'm still trying to process, to figure out what happened," Washington's Hall said.
Said Haynesworth, "A nightmare. I couldn't wait for the game to be over."
Redskins fans shouted their first cheer of the game when the referees announced the end of the first quarter. On the next play, Vick launched a 48-yard rainbow to Jeremy Maclin to pump the lead to 35-0. It wasn't just the score but the ease with which the Eagles sprinted by the helpless Redskins. It took the Eagles just over 19 minutes of possession to ring up 45 first-half points, setting a team record for most in one half. The Eagles' 59 points were second-most in team history.
Donovan McNabb came up with some of the big throws that helped earn him a lucrative contract extension, but the Eagles smothered their opponent in a way the young team had failed to do earlier this year. The Eagles remembered McNabb's boasts when he beat them in Philadelphia.
"There were some things said about the Eagles making the wrong decision, they made mistakes and stuff, and that fueled us a little bit, and we came out and we really put it on them tonight," McGlynn said.
"I'm happy for [Vick]," McNabb said. "Not tonight. I told him I'm [mad] at him. But I told him to stay humble, and good things will continue to happen for him."
In the rematch against the one defense that had truly stifled the Eagles this year, offensive coordinator Marty Morhninweg drew up a clever game plan that bought Vick time to throw, and gave his explosive receivers time to get deep downfield, taking advantage of their speed and the quarterback's huge arm.
The results: the Eagles gained 592 yards, a team record. Four different Eagles caught touchdown passes. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, in his second career start, added two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
The Eagles' 28 first quarter points were the most the team has ever scored in the opening period. Vick's first-play bomb to Jackson was the longest play of either of their careers, and the Eagles lead at the end of 15 minutes was the largest for a road team in NFL history.
There were still 45 minutes left to play, but the game was over nearly as soon as it started. The Redskins absorbed the blow, but everyone in the NFC should get the message.
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