Michael Vick and the Eagles awakened from another nightmare just in time.
Vick overcame four interceptions by throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Clay Harbor with 1:18 left as Philadelphia opened the season with a nerve-racking 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Vick led the Eagles on a 91-yard scoring drive, capping it with his short toss to Harbor on his career-high 56th pass. Before Vick rallied his team, the superstar played poorly and showed major rustiness after playing just 12 snaps during the exhibition season because of injuries.
But when it mattered most, Vick came through, and the Eagles, who hurt themselves with turnovers and penalties, escaped.
Vick went 29 of 56 for 317 yards and two TDs, his first going to Jeremy Maclin.
Browns rookie Brandon Weeden threw four interceptions, the last to Kurt Coleman with 1:05 remaining, as the Browns fell to 1-13 in season openers since 1999.
LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards for Philadelphia, which trailed 16-10 in the fourth when Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson returned Vick’s fourth pick 27 yards for touchdown.
With Vick forcing passes, the Eagles appeared doomed and poised to follow their ill-fated “Dream Team” season with an embarrassing loss.
On Philadelphia’s winning drive, though, the Eagles converted a fourth-and-1 after Vick scrambled for 9 yards and fumbled on third down. He recovered, but Browns coach Pat Shurmur threw his red challenge flag and asked the replacement officials to review the play. However, after referee Ken Roan discussed the play with the replay booth, he announced the play was “not challengeable.”
Vick got lucky on the play before his TD pass when Browns rookie linebacker L.J. Fort couldn’t hold a potential interception in the end zone. Following his scoring toss to Harbor, Vick pumped his fist — as much in relief as celebration.
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