Fresh off an embarrassing 37-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles were just 4-3 and faced an uphill battle towards the playoffs.
Luckily quarterback Michael Vick was returning from a rib injury after missing the previous three games. The Eagles faced the Indianapolis Colts, who were 5-2 but were suffering from multiple injuries on offense.
Running back LeSean McCoy exploded for a 62-yard run on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He finished with 95 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes.
Vick completed 18 of 29 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 10 times for 74 yards and a touchdown.
The Eagles led 26-17 before four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning led a 15-play, 85-yard touchdown drive. The drive included a 4th and 18 play in which Trent Cole sacked Manning and forced a fumble which the Eagle recovered. Yet the drive continued because Cole was called for unnecessary roughness on Manning.
The Colts forced an Eagles punt and took over on their own 26-yard line with just 40 seconds remaining in the game. They needed a field goal to win the game.
Manning completed a 1-yard pass to Pierre Garcon and a 14-yarder to Jacob Tamme, but then tossed two incompletions.
The Colts faced a 3rd and 10 from their own 41. They needed about 25 yards to justify sending Adam Vinatieri out for a game-winning field goal attempt.
Manning took the snap and threw deep across the middle. The errant pass was intercepted by cornerback Asante Samuel, sealing the Eagles’ biggest victory of the season.
The Eagles won 26-24, improving their record to 5-3. Had they lost and fell to 4-4, they might not have been able to rebound and make the postseason.
The victory was the Eagles’ first ever against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, after suffering brutal losses in 1999, 2002, and 2006.