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Eagles’ “Check Engine” light comes on during 33-30 loss to Chargers…

The good news is the Eagles scored 30 points and left maybe a dozen more on the table…

The bad news is the Eagles gave up 33…

 The Eagles' defense will be under fire today. But truth be told, we already knew that area of combat was our weakest point.

I would like to point the finger more at the offense, who you would be advised to acknowledge has got to do a better job of finishing its drives…

But props to Phil Rivers and the Chargers, who had little problem at all in finishing.

Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal, and Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with 7 seconds left to lead the Chargers past the Philadelphia Eagles 33-30 on Sunday, spoiling Chip Kelly's home debut.

Michael Vick threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score. But a porous Eagles defense couldn't stop Rivers all day.

Rivers finished 36 of 47 for 419 yards, and the Chargers punted only once. They fumbled twice inside Philadelphia's 10 in the first half. They racked up 539 yards, held the ball for 40:17 and sped things up.

"We kind of no-huddled the no-huddlers," Rivers said. "We had our own rhythm of no-huddle going. It was a heck of a team win."

Michael Vick threw for a career-best 428 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score. But a porous Eagles defense couldn't stop Rivers all day.  He finished 36 of 47 for 419 yards, and the Chargers punted only once. They fumbled twice inside Philadelphia's 10 in the first half.

The teams combined for 1,150 total yards.

It ended in a sense of tragedy. The Eagles had a chance to win at the end.

They had a first down at the Chargers 10 with about 3 minutes to go before Vick got shaken up on an incomplete pass. Nick Foles came in and threw another incompletion before Vick returned and misfired on a throw. Alex Henery kicked a tying 32-yarder that left Rivers plenty of time to answer.

He quickly led the Chargers down the field with less than two minutes left, and Novak nailed his fourth field goal to win it.

The Eagles took their first lead, 27-23, when Vick ran in from the 2, but the defense couldn't hold it.

Henery allowed the ball to slip through his hands when Fozzy Whittaker fumbled on the kick return and the Chargers started at the Eagles 39. A few plays later, Rivers tossed a 15-yard TD pass to Royal for a 30-27 lead.

DeSean Jackson had 193 yards receiving, including a 61-yard TD for the Eagles. LeSean McCoy had a career-high 114 yards receiving.

Antonio Gates led the Chargers with 124 yards receiving, Floyd had 102 and Royal added 90.

Earlier in the game, Rivers found Royal wide open on a third-and-10 for a 24-yard TD pass for a 20-10 lead, but the Eagles got a field goal and tied it when Vick hit Jackson in stride on a deep ball.

Vick tossed a 13-yard TD pass to Riley Cooper to cut San Diego's lead to 13-10 in the second quarter.

Then the Chargers wasted two excellent opportunities on consecutive drives.

Brandon Boykin forced Antonio Gates to fumble after a catch, and Casey Matthews recovered at the Eagles 2.

The Chargers were at the Eagles 8 on their next drive before Trent Cole forced Ryan Mathews to fumble and Mychal Kendricks recovered. Vick quickly moved the Eagles into field-goal range, but Henery missed a 46-yarder wide right at the end of the half.

Rivers completed his first 10 passes, including an 11-yard TD toss to Royal to give San Diego a 10-3 lead.

"It doesn't matter how we score as long as we score," Kelly said. "But I still think we left too many opportunities offensively out there."

Rivers quickly led the Chargers down the field with less than two minutes left, and Novak nailed his fourth field goal to win it.

"Last week, we didn't finish the game," Mike McCoy said about blowing a 21-point lead in San Diego's 31-28 loss to Houston. "We made too many mistakes. Today, we finished."

The Eagles took a 27-23 lead when Vick ran in from the 2, but the defense couldn't hold it.

"We made our share of plays today and I think we're going to get better," Vick said.

Antonio Gates led the Chargers with 124 yards receiving, Floyd had 102 and Royal added 90.

The Eagles will look at the tape of this game and hope they can come up with some fixes before the short-week Thursday night showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are now 2-0 and motivated to do their new HC proud as Andy Reid returns to the City of Brotherly Resentment.

Team Stat Comparison

 
SD
 
PHI
 
1st Downs 33 22
Passing 1st downs
22 15
Rushing 1st downs
7 7
1st downs from Penalties
4 0
3rd down efficiency
10-15 5-11
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Plays 79 58
Total Yards 539 511
Yards per play 6.8 8.8
Total Drives 11 11
Passing 413 422
Comp – Att
36-47 23-37
Yards per pass
8.8 11.4
Interceptions thrown
0 0
Sacks – Yards Lost
1-6 1-6
Rushing 126 89
Rushing Attempts
31 20
Yards per rush
4.1 4.5
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-4 2-4
Penalties 4-32 9-82
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles lost
2 0
Interceptions thrown
0 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 40:17 19:43

Passing Leaders

 
 
SD C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS
 
PHI C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS
Vick 23/36 428 11.9 2 0 1-6
Foles 0/1 0 0.0 0 0 0-0
Rivers 36/47 419 8.9 3 0 1-6
 

Rushing Leaders

 
 
SD CAR YDS AVG TD LG
 
PHI CAR YDS AVG TD LG
McCoy 11 53 4.8 0 17
Vick 6 23 3.8 1 11
Mathews 16 73 4.6 0 20
Woodhead 9 27 3.0 0 8

 

Receiving Leaders

 
 
SD REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
 
PHI REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Jackson 9 193 21.4 1 61 15
McCoy 5 114 22.8 0 70 6
Gates 8 124 15.5 0 24 10
Floyd 5 102 20.4 0 31 6

 

 

Philadelphia Receiving

  REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Team 23 428 18.6 2 70 36
D. Jackson 9 193 21.4 1 61 15
L. McCoy 5 114 22.8 0 70 6
Z. Ertz 2 58 29.0 0 31 2
J. Avant 4 39 9.8 0 21 7
R. Cooper 2 25 12.5 1 13 3
B. Brown 1 1 1.0 0 1 1
J. Casey 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
B. Celek 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
M. Vick 0 -2 0.0 0 0 0

 

Philadelphia Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Team 20 89 4.5 1 17
L. McCoy 11 53 4.8 0 17
M. Vick 6 23 3.8 1 11
B. Brown 3 13 4.3 0 8

 

San Diego Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Team 36 419 11.6 3 31 45
A. Gates 8 124 15.5 0 24 10
M. Floyd 5 102 20.4 0 31 6
E. Royal 7 90 12.9 3 24 8
D. Woodhead 8 37 4.6 0 8 9
K. Allen 2 34 17.0 0 18 3
V. Brown 4 26 6.5 0 9 7
R. Mathews 1 3 3.0 0 3 1
R. Brown 1 3 3.0 0 3 1

 

Philadelphia Defensive
  TACKLES MISC
  TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
Team 75 59 1 2 4 1 0
N. Allen 11 7 0 0 1 0 0
D. Ryans 9 6 0 0 0 0 0
M. Kendricks 8 6 0 0 0 0 0
P. Chung 8 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Barwin 7 6 1 2 0 1 0
E. Wolff 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Williams 6 5 0 0 1 0 0
T. Cole 4 4 0 0 1 0 0
B. Boykin 4 4 0 0 1 0 0
C. Anderson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
F. Cox 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Hughes 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Thornton 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Logan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
I. Sopoaga 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Knott 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

Location, location… and location.. that will be the lesson taught to the Eagles' secondary defenders after two weeks of guesswork on the same topic…

 

Thomas Jackson

About Thomas Jackson

Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.

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