Vick wins it for Eagles
Vick scores game winners as Eagles move to 2-0
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: September 16, 2012 11:35pm
Michael Vick: Steered the Eagles to 2-0
Michael Vick was still a bit hit-and-miss for the Philadelphia Eagles, but the hit prevailed as his one-yard touchdown gave his team a tight one-point win over the Baltimore Ravens.
The Eagles had four turnovers but the well-fancied Ravens could not turn them into a victory as Joe Flacco could find no response late on after Vick's score two minutes from the end - and Baltimore slipped to a 24-23 defeat.
Andy Reid's Philadelphia moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2004 - a season which ended in them appearing in the Super Bowl.
Vick had two interceptions but did throw for 371 yards and a 23-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin - but his favourite targets were tight end Brent Celek who caught eight balls for 157 yards and DeSean Jackson who caught seven passes for 114 yards.
Vonta Leach bounded in from five yards for Baltimore and Flacco found Jacoby Ford from 21 yards with a fine throw and the Ravens looked like rolling over the Eagles.
Rookie kicker Justin Tucker also booted big field goals from 56, 51 and 48 yards, but Flacco could not get back into range even for his big leg after getting the ball back with one minute and 55 second left to play.
Many have picked the Ravens as Super Bowl contenders once again, but the big doubt has always been on Flacco and his inability to move the ball with the game on the line again cost Baltimore.
For his part, Vick admits that he needs to protect the ball more and make smarter decisions in order to keep Philadelphia rolling.
"You can't always hit a home run," Vick said. "Sometimes you have to settle for singles and doubles. That's what I have to learn. I can't force the ball."
With a number of bit talking points around the league again due to replacement referees taking charge of games, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was especially upset with the team in Philadelphia.
"There's some serious calls the refs missed," said Lewis. "It's just the way it is, man, all around the league. We have to correct that. These games are critical.
"Guys are giving everything they've got all across the league. But these are calls, with the regular refs, if they were here, we know the way the calls would be made."