Vince Young authors a drive to remember

AP

Vince Young was the unorthodox, polarizing running quarterback that “just wins” before it was all the rage.

For one drive Sunday night, VY reminded everyone what made him so special when he was ripping off victories in Tennessee as a rookie.

The Giants tied the Eagles 10-10 early in the fourth quarter. Young hadn’t moved the ball well all night. It looked like the Eagles were set for another collapse.

18 plays, eight minutes, 51 seconds, and six third down conversions later, Philadelphia was back in front to stay.

Young kept one third down play alive by evading the rush, then finding an open man. On another, he threw as he was being hit by a flying Mark Herzlich. Another conversion came on a QB sneak, and finally Young topped off the drive with an eight-yard game-winning score to Riley Cooper.  17-10, Eagles.

Let’s not get carried away.  Until that last drive, Young was not high on the list of reasons Philadelphia was controlling the game.  He threw three interceptions to go with 258 passing yards and two touchdowns.

DeSean Jackson had a big punt return to set up the Eagles’ first touchdown. Philly played great defense, dominating the line of scrimmage. They absolutely stuffed New York’s running game and got pressure on Eli Manning.

Jason Babin’s strip sack of Manning eventually preserved the win.

“We’re going to go back and watch that tape, we’re going to figure out [what we did], we’re going to bottle it, and we’re not going to sell it,” Babin told NBC’s Michele Tafoya after the game. “We’re going to keep it, because the chemistry and what we had going on defense was something special today.”

Somewhere, the Cowboys were watching this game and smiling.  The NFC East is all tied up. The Giants face the Saints and Packers the next two weeks, and their lead in the division has already eroded.

We highly doubt the Eagles can really pull off a long winning streak to get back in the playoff mix — they face the Patriots next — but this result certainly changes the division race.

If Philly is going to play the role of spoiler, they might as well do it in style.

Vince Young’s drive was the closest thing to a dream that the Eagles have managed all season.

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106 responses to “Vince Young authors a drive to remember

  1. LOL Typical frontrunning Giants – I say it every week here. You hype them up and then they come out and lay an egg at home like the soft ****ies they are against Vince Young and without Maclin. Hope you enjoyed your 4 lucky wins, Giants fans, cause your season is over with losses to Saints, Packers and Dallas coming.

  2. I just kept on saying this is a clock killing drive, give Andy Reid credit he is a very good coach. I doubt if he is going anywhere after this season.

  3. So umm what happened to there will be no 2nd half collapse NY? That’s 0-2 for the 2nd half stretch so far lol….. even AZ beat Phili

  4. Wow, when you get beat 7 out of 8 times you know you do not want to see the eagles when they make it to the playoffs. I guess the nj giants can put the philadelphia owned nameplate back around their neck. HAHAHA

  5. Welcome to the 2nd half collapse Giants fans. But dont worry, still plenty of time to make dog killer comments, dream team comments, snow ball comments and super bowl comments

    Karma sucks.

  6. Too bad the Eagles weren’t trying to come back on Oklahoma State from 30 points down. Or USC from 12 points down with 5 minutes left.

    Then you would have seen an AMAZING Vince Young comeback.

  7. What can I say, as an eagles fan I was oh no three picks and the giants tied it in the fourth. I thought it was just like almost every game this year. It wasn’t pretty at times but we got the W and we only need 6 straight wins to have a shot at the playoffs. Wildcard may also look good if we sweep the division and make it 5-1 in division play putting us closer to the top of wildcard spots.

  8. As a Cowboys fan, it’s nice to see the Giants go down. If the Eagles can win against the Pats, I still think there’s a good chance they can run the table.

  9. When will Bradshaw be back? I ask because not only does the offense miss him, but his absence means more carries for Jacobs. Give Scott more touches.

    Giants picked off Young three times and could muster only ten points. Pathetic.

    We did not deserve to win this one.

  10. The Eagles still aren’t making the playoffs, although I guess this win means that’s what we’ll be hearing again.

    In the words of Mike Ditka, stop it.

  11. Cowboys in first place! by virtue of record vs. division opponents.

    Giants remaining schedule:

    @ Saints
    Packers
    @ Cowboys
    Redskins
    @ Jets
    Cowboys

    Cowboys:

    Dolphins
    @ Cardinals
    Giants
    @ Bucs
    Eagles
    @ Giants

  12. Unlike delusional Broncos fans, I rate the QB performance as subpar. I’ll give him credit for being clutch, but it didn’t have to come down to that.

    How sweet it is to see Eli and Sanchez wet the bed, though.

  13. in 2 weeks the Eagles and Giants will be tied for 2nd in the division. the Eagles dominated both sides of the line the Giants couldn’t get there with the 4 man rush and were sucessful with the blitz i beleive Osi must have hired Kiwanuka to do his dirty work on McCoy because obviously he didn’t play lol.

  14. it’s difficult to remember all the posts but Richard Cranium212 did say the Giants would gut the eagles like a fish. lol.

  15. Yes, the Eagles get a reprieve, but their season for all Intensive purposes will still end next week at New England. No way 9-7 will get you in the playoffs this year with teams like Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, and Detroit in contention. The ‘dream’ will come to an end very soon

  16. 3 INT’s.. But one was a ball that hit the receiver in the helmet and bounced up in the air (missed pass interference call), and the other two INT’s ultimately fall on the receivers. Yes, one was under thrown, but it is the responsibility of the receivers to make sure the DB doesn’t catch the ball if they cannot. DJax and Cooper made no effort to keep the DB from intercepting the passes intended for them.

  17. Just look at their histories, and it is plain that Young is a more effective quarterback than Vick. Even including last year, when Vick played much better than he ever has before, their stats are basically a dead heat. Vick is a little ahead in most categories EXCEPT THE ONE THAT ACTUALLY MATTERS — wins.

    Vick is that gorgeous girl you always wanted to go out with, except when you finally do, you find out she is vain, stupid, and lousy in the sack. Young is like her slightly chubby cousin who doesn’t look quite as good in a slinky dress, but is a hell of a lot more fun to hang out with.

    Oh, yeah, and there’s that little thing about character as well. I’d take Young as my quarterback over Vick every time.

  18. All these division wins will be good for a moral victory while the Eagles are at home watching the playoffs on TV.

    They’re the 2010 Raiders – killer in the division, meh everywhere else.

    The Pats will end this nonsense next week.

  19. Eagles may not make the playoffs, but Vince was creative, and the defense dominated.

    Giants looked past the Eagles, and got schooled.

    Hah!

  20. I really didn’t think the eagles could pull this one off….back-up QB who isn’t very consistent; no jeremy maclin; defense playing poorly; playing on the road against a division rival. But I have to give them credit…offense, defense, and special teams all came through in a big way.
    Man, too bad the eagles defense can’t play like this on a regular basis…they’d probably be leading the division. But, I’m with-holding judement because they looked impressive vs the cowboys then laid an egg vs the john skelton led cardinals.
    As for the Giants, I don’t even know where to start! Offense and defense both sucked tonight. I kept waiting for Tom Coughlan’s head to explode as he was pacing up and down the sideline.

  21. I have no illusions that the Eagles are in the playoff hunt. But it’s still fun to beat your biggest rival. Especially as an underdog and at their place. Division rivalries like this give you something to have fun with even if your team is out of it. Looking forward to Christmas Eve against Dallas!

  22. mad55555 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 12:08 AM
    Wow, when you get beat 7 out of 8 times you know you do not want to see the eagles when they make it to the playoffs. I guess the nj giants can put the philadelphia owned nameplate back around their neck. HAHAHA
    ———————————————————-
    Well, look who crawled out from under his rock? You’ve been conspicuously absent since the Giants beat the Eagles in week 3, but now you come out and beat your chest like you have been backing them all along.

    Last week, Eagle fans were ready to bury their team. Now all of a sudden, they are all coming back out.

    The world was a better place when you fair-weather fans were gone.

  23. Vince Young: Not as psychologically string like Tebow. And Young is really annoying to deal with. Having dsaid that, he is more of a winner than Tebow. Tebow can’t pass as good as Young. Tebow isa slightly better scrambler, but Young probably prevails over more kinds of defenses.

  24. randylaheytpb says:
    Nov 21, 2011 12:14 AM
    When will Bradshaw be back? I ask because not only does the offense miss him, but his absence means more carries for Jacobs. Give Scott more touches.

    Giants picked off Young three times and could muster only ten points. Pathetic.

    We did not deserve to win this one.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Whatever. Two of the picks were in NY territory. None were really that bad, especially that miracle tipped one. Blatant pass interference on that play. And a blatant hold on the Giant’s 1st TD. That garbage team is lucky it didn’t get shut out. Kudos to VY. Tebow doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as him.

  25. Either way they just made for a tie in the NFC East with Dallas. Have fun with that NYG. The ‘Boys are coming to town soon and if you thought the Eagles gave you fits… I believe your fans call it “IBS” – Short for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There is a prescription for that…

    Salute!

  26. This was a game that the Giants absolutely could not afford to lose. And the second-half collapse talk will now begin in earnest. 😦

  27. “Vince Young was the unorthodox, polarizing running quarterback that “just wins” before it was all the rage.”

    Kordell Stewart says “Hi!”

  28. randylaheytpb says: Nov 21, 2011 12:14 AM

    When will Bradshaw be back? I ask because not only does the offense miss him, but his absence means more carries for Jacobs. Give Scott more touches.

    Giants picked off Young three times and could muster only ten points. Pathetic.

    We did not deserve to win this one.
    **********************************
    From a Dallas fan, a win is a win but Philly D kept their rushing to damn near nothing. I’m just glad the Giants lost 😉 Don’t get me wrong. If Philly was in the same position as the Giants, I’d be rooting for them to lose to.

  29. @baldingerspinky I was making that VY-Tebow connection myself. I thought VY is like a mentally unstable Tebow. But remembering Tebow’s religious zealousness my remaining thought is Tebow is like a mentally unstable Vince Young.

  30. Eagles aren’t dead.
    With Cutler injury, 9-7 could grab that final wildcard.
    —–

    You know the bears have 7 wins and a pretty soft schedule going forward, right?

  31. This entire year has been a ‘WTF’ year in all divisions and both conferences… Bills on a champion ship run and now plunging. Raiders lose Al Davis and go on a run… The Colts without Manning going 0-for what and possibly getting Luck? The Niners under a QB who was drafted high and washed out in his early career only to come back this year to get them to 8-1? Don’t get me started on the Lions who surged like their namesake and came out screaming into the NFL rankings. I’m a Dallas fan and I wonder what Green Bay will hold in the end.

  32. giants are so dumb. you’d think they would at least know to kick it out of bounds. if they did that, it would of been a completely different ball game.

  33. Here’s what happened:

    The Giants O-Line was dominated by the Eagles.
    The Giants run game was anemic without Bradshaw.
    The Giants suffered from key drops by normally clutch receivers.
    The Giants’ QB made a mistake uncharacteristic of himself this season to put his team in a bad situation.
    The Eagles’ special teams once again trumped the Giants.
    The Eagles’ defense finally played up to its potential and played lights out, stifling the Giants offense that just could not run the ball without Ahmad Bradshaw.

    But what was the most important aspect of this game with lasting implications for the long-term futures of both of these franchies? Vince Young the Eagles’ QB! Why? Because the Eagles’ ‘franchise’ QB is a glorified RB who was given a $100 million contract after one admittedly amazing year that was totally, 100%, unequivocally uncharacteristic of his entire career. He is an injury-prone, inaccurate, lazy moneygrubber who will never win a Super Bowl for his team. For you Eagles fan that talk about ‘Karma’ coming back to bite us Giants fans for making fun of your ‘Dream’ team! Hilarious.. seriously, even after a loss like this, I actually laughed out loud. So funny. Karma is your free-agent spending spree totally backfiring and your dog murderer QB suffering multiple injuries in a season. THAT is the Karma that a team quarterbacked by a monster and comprised of a lazily assembled free-agent dream team goes through.

    When it comes down to it, the Giants have a bright, bright future with Eli as their QB. The Vick QB experiment will fail, as great a coach as Andy Reid may be. All you Philly bleacher creature morons can rip ‘Sheli’ for tonight but the reality is HE has the ring, WE have the franchise QB, and you have a joke of a team. Now feel free to angrily and irrationally react to that big dose of reality.

    PROUD TO BE A GIANTS FAN- PEACE!

  34. Gilbride needs to go. He made no adjustments, and ran the same plays over and over. The way he runs that offense gets me so frustrated. Congrats to the Eagles. They deserved to win.

  35. …How are players like Tarvaris Jackson starting and VY is relegated to backup duties? Boggles my mind. —

    I guess you don’t watch much football, do you? Doesn’t boggle my mind. Tavaris is much better than you think he is. He is a far better than VY, has 10 x the guts and he’s won 4 games this year out of 8 games he started with a OLine that leaves much to be desired.

    …and he’s cheap and a great signing for the ‘Hawks.

  36. I actually thought we were going to get through an article without people bashing out on andy reid and vy also but now since Vince young won without two of there starters i give credit to andy reid for giving vy a chance to go out there and prove him self to everybody big props to the eagles tonight

  37. >VY=Tebow without the religious message.

    Not.

    Tebow: One turnover in five games
    Young: Three turnovers in one game

  38. At least one of those picks should have been nullified by an obvious PI. Then there was that terrible call where a dead ball foul wiped out all of the yardage from the play by DeSean. The NFL is lucky the Eagles wound up winning or a field day would have been made over those…oh, who am I kidding? Refs botch so many calls that should lead to the NFL being embarrassed and fixing their mess, but that never happens.

  39. 4thanddone says:
    Nov 21, 2011 12:05 AM
    Eagles aren’t dead.
    With Cutler injury, 9-7 could grab that final wildcard.

    I’m a Lions fan and really don’t like the Bears at all, but look at their remaining schedule. Even without Cutler, I don’t see them failing to win another 3, which would put them at 10-6. And there’s no way the Eagles will get a wild card, let’s be real.

  40. Technically the Cowboys are leading the NFC East. They have a better division record than the Giants (2-1 vs 1-2).

    However; they aren’t looking at that, all they’re looking at is how they are going to beat a resurgent Dolphins team than has blown out it’s last three opponents.

  41. Coughlin should be fired at a noon press conference for losing to a quarterback that had not compleated a pass all year and a receiver that did not have a reception all year ! Tom take you ,your annoying bad things are happening again to me faces and your offensive coordinator from the Houston Oilers of the mid-eighties and get !

  42. mad55555 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 12:08 AM
    Wow, when you get beat 7 out of 8 times you know you do not want to see the eagles when they make it to the playoffs. I guess the nj giants can put the philadelphia owned nameplate back around their neck. HAHAHA
    ————————————————–

    Typical Eagle fan here, where was he a few weeks ago when the G-men won in Philly.

    Did you know Andy Reids lifetime head coaching record against the Giants is 14-12. Not exactly domination. Where were you when he was 7 & 11??

    But as we see once again, regular season wins count as Lombardi’s in Philadephia. After all, it’s all they got.

    The Eagles should have a patch on their uni’s that reads “FIFTY ONE YEARS without a chamiopnship, soon to be FIFTY TWO!!”

  43. The Giants tied the Eagles 10-10 early in the fourth quarter.
    ——————————————————–

    Just chew on that for a minute.

    Then ask yourself if Vince Young and the Eagles were really that good, or were Eli Manning and the Giants really that bad???

    I’ll give him credit; despite his past antics and and the 3 INTs, Young stepped up and delivered at crunch time with a couple of key throws.

    I was surprised.

  44. I have been a Giant’s fan for most of my 54 years…after last night, that may no longer be the case! Somehow, Coughlin and company have managed to lose 2 of their 4 games this season to backup quarterbacks! In the debacle against the Eagles, they intercept Vince Young ( I guess he does have the Giant’s number) three times, and manage to score all of 10 points. As much as I have been a supporter of Coughlin’s over his tenure with the team, you have to wonder what it says about his leadership when the G-men constantly play down to the level of lesser competition. Disgraceful!

  45. Vince Young’s drive was the closest thing to a dream that the Eagles have managed all season.
    ===============

    Oh, I don’t know, dismantling the Cowboys 34-7 probably seemed rather dream like to Eagles fans.

  46. I continue to assert the NFC East is this year’s NFC West. The Giants are known for late season failures. Romo has some chokes left in him. The Eagles could win the division at 9 – 7 if they beat the Boys and the Skins again. They would have the best record against the rest of the division and could win a tie-breaker. It is not so far fetched.

  47. vince played ok, i’ve seen him play better. this is not meant to be a negative thing towards him.
    this notion of qbs who “just win” because they manage to pull one drive out of their hat is ridiculous. it is the defense that allows them to do this, and the defense should be getting the majority of the credit. i understand that the qb needs to pull out the clutch drive, and yes they do deserve a little credit, but if phi’s or den’s defense doesnt do all the heavy lifting this week, those qbs are in no position to “win” the game.

  48. The thing that kills me is the players decided to play for themselves. Not the fans not the coaches but for each other. If they had that attitude all season the eagles might be 7-3 or 8-2. Instead they have been sloppy and non cohesive. If they keep playing this way good things can happen. Chances are new England buries them and the season is over.

  49. Typical Eagle fan here, where was he a few weeks ago when the G-men won in Philly.

    Did you know Andy Reids lifetime head coaching record against the Giants is 14-12. Not exactly domination. Where were you when he was 7 & 11??

    But as we see once again, regular season wins count as Lombardi’s in Philadephia. After all, it’s all they got.

    The Eagles should have a patch on their uni’s that reads “FIFTY ONE YEARS without a chamiopnship, soon to be FIFTY TWO!!”

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    Ahhh there we go. Our first sour grapes comments. It only took about 80 comments to talk about the past. How bout admitting the Giants were embarrassed and take it like a man. But then again you’re screenname is Vickspreadsherpes.

  50. Richard Cranium 212 the Giants must have played down to the Eagles 7 out of 8 times. you are pathetic man actually you got a glimpse of the REAL Giants last night, you saw it against Seattle and Miami but you refused to beleive it.

  51. howley1 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 12:17 AM
    Cowboys in first place! by virtue of record vs. division opponents.

    Giants remaining schedule:

    @ Saints
    Packers
    @ Cowboys
    Redskins
    @ Jets
    Cowboys

    Cowboys:

    Dolphins
    @ Cardinals
    Giants
    @ Bucs
    Eagles
    @ Giants

    ———–

    Dallas is going to lose 4 of those games, including THURSDAY. What is the fuss with those clowns???

  52. Eagles fans whining about PI — they got away with it just as many times as they allege we weren’t called for it last night.

    And NOT A SINGLE holding call against the Eagles’ offensive line??? I don’t wanna hear anything about “the INTs weren’t that bad, if PI had been called, obvious PI, blah blah blah” and all that BS.

  53. Giants can’t beat philly at the meadowlands. Eagles D shut the giants down. OSI got punked all night by peters. Not a pretty win but good to see defense come together. Oh OSI McCoy say whats up.

  54. It was wonderful to see VY take the team on his shoulders. If he can finally get his head right, he will be a good starting quarterback somewhere. He has a lot of talent. If he does get his head right, he may want to have a word with DeSean Jackson and tell him how to go about it.

  55. If the eagles run the table now winning their next six, they would win all divisional tie-breakers with a 5-1 record and sweeping the cowgirls, but it would still be almost impossible to get in as a wildcard, because we would lose tiebreakers to the bears and falcons since they beat us this year. oh well, bring on the pats!

  56. i actually thing VY > mike vick.

    less explosive but 18-13 as an NFL starter. Bigger, stronger, fewer batted balls. He was clearly rusty but as the game went on he got better.

  57. What VY did kind of reminded me of TIM TEBOW. . .

    You don’t have to like it, but it’s true. He even ran the same offense as TT at points during that game.

    Why didn’t the media bash or question VY and his efforts or abilities.

    VERY INTERESTING

  58. Eagles won giants lost enough said..who cares who did what years ago…Its about last night’s game! The Eagles D dominant the giants…It’s funny how you giant fans refuse to give credit where credit is due, nope you still mention the rings Philly doesn’t have or the $100 million they gave vick..just shut up your beloved g-men lost to a 2nd string wr/qb and stellar D…I could come here and bash the giant’s but then I’d be on your pathetic level

  59. Philly’s defense won that game. I wouldn’t even call it a second-half Giants collapse, since they did absolutely nothing offensively for the first two quarters.

    Vince Young looked terrible for most of the game.

  60. “What VY did kind of reminded me of TIM TEBOW. . . ”

    Yeah, except for all of those completed passes that Tebow never made. Vince Young is obviously much better at throwing than Tebow (which isn’t saying anything at all).

  61. Giants receivers really played poorly. On that seam pass, Ballard looked like a loaded dump truck in the right lane of a highway (Al and Cris noted he runs a 5.0 forty), not one Eagle covered him, Eli hit him right in the hands in stride, and he dropped it.

    Yes, the final strip-sack was Eli’s fault – he has to know to protect the ball when leaving the pocket – but as poorly as the offensive line and running backs played, Eli has carried this team. In the last two games, the Giants were in position to send games to overtime. But Eli can’t do it alone.

  62. He played better Sunday night than vick did in any game all season. I’m not talking about numbers people so don’t give me the stats crap. His decision making was much better. His mechanics were off yes, but overall he won you the game and actually looked like a QB behind center.

  63. @mr.wright212: I’m not a Philly fan, but I was the guy who mentioned the obvious PI call that would have negated the INT. I’m not going to go back over the whole game to litigate each call/no call. But it was, indeed, an obvious PI that, if called, would have brought that INT back. A missed call that leads to a turnover is bigger than just any missed call.

  64. ” edukator4 says:Nov 21, 2011 7:51 AM

    vince played ok, i’ve seen him play better. this is not meant to be a negative thing towards him.
    this notion of qbs who “just win” because they manage to pull one drive out of their hat is ridiculous. it is the defense that allows them to do this, and the defense should be getting the majority of the credit. i understand that the qb needs to pull out the clutch drive, and yes they do deserve a little credit, but if phi’s or den’s defense doesnt do all the heavy lifting this week, those qbs are in no position to “win” the game.”

    Well…EXCUSE ME…but, couldn’t you say that about ANY team?

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