On a day the hoped to celebrate McNabb’s new contract and set aside the swirl of distractions from his benching two weeks earlier, Vick and the Eagles stormed the party and .
The Eagles scored on an 88-yard pass from Vick to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage, led by 35-0 after the first play of the second quarter and barely let up.
Vick completed his first 10 passes and finished 20 for 28 for 333 yards with 4 passing touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 80 yards and 2 scores, moving past into second place in history, behind Randall Cunningham, for career rushing yards by a quarterback (4,295).
The Eagles set team records for total yards in a game (592) and points in a half (45), and they had the biggest lead after the first quarter for any N.F.L. road team (28-0) since at least 1950.Vick became the first N.F.L. player with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, 4 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns in a game.
More practically, the win moved Philadelphia (6-3) into a first-place tie with the Giants in the N.F.C. East, two games ahead of the Redskins (4-5).
A few hours before kickoff, the Redskins signed McNabb to a five-year, $78 million contract extension, with $40 million guaranteed, putting to rest any doubts as to whether he would remain the centerpiece of Coach ’s rebuilding effort. It was Washington’s first game since Shanahan benched McNabb in the final two minutes of a loss to Detroit on Oct. 31, after which Shanahan cited McNabb’s less-than-full grasp of the two-minute offense, and later his lack of “cardiovascular endurance” stemming from sore hamstrings, as the cause.
McNabb received a standing ovation and applauded the fans in return when he was introduced with the starting lineups, but most of those fans had left by halftime on a rainy night.
McNabb finished 17 of 31 for 295 yards with 2 touchdowns and three interceptions, nearly all of the yards coming after the Redskins had dug themselves a five-touchdown hole.
SHUFFLING QUARTERBACKS Coach Tony Sparano said that ’s latest shoulder injury was long-term but that Chad Henne, who sustained a left knee injury Sunday, might be available for Miami’s game against Chicago on Thursday.
Tyler Thigpen, the third-string quarterback, is the probable starter against the Bears after finishing Sunday’s victory over Tennessee.
The Dolphins held tryouts for at least two quarterbacks Monday, and the team was expected to sign a roster replacement for Pennington.
CLAUSEN HAS CONCUSSION The status of the rookie Jimmy Clausen for next week is uncertain because he has a concussion.
The Panthers were seething over the play that may have injured Clausen. They said a couple of Tampa Bay players recklessly dived into a pile as Clausen, starting because of Matt Moore’s season-ending shoulder injury, was stuffed shy of the goal line on fourth down on Carolina’s final offensive play Sunday. Replays showed Aqib Talib appearing to give Clausen a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Panthers Coach John Fox declined to comment for fear of being fined, but he said the team would send a tape of the play to the league office.
APOLOGY FOR SNUB Kansas City Coach Todd Haley apologized for refusing to shake hands with Denver Coach Josh McDaniels on Sunday. Haley made a vulgar comment as McDaniels held out his hand after the ’ 49-29 victory in Denver. Haley pointed his finger at him, turned and stamped away without shaking hands.
In a news conference, Haley declined to say what upset him. He said he had not contacted McDaniels to apologize. In his meeting with reporters, McDaniels said that he could not explain Haley’s snub but that he was not upset.