Eagles Rally to Defeat Texans 34-24, Take Lead Over Giants in NFC East

Michael Vick sparked a fourth-quarter rally by scoring the go-ahead touchdown as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Houston Texans 34-24.

The Eagles surrendered a 20-10 halftime lead as Houston scored twice in the third quarter to go up 24-20. Quarterback Vick then scored on a 2-yard plunge before finding Owen Schmitt with a 5-yard scoring pass.

“It was tough,” Vick said in a televised interview at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. “Now we’ll take a break to focus on the last quarter of the season.”

The win gives the Eagles (8-4) a half-game lead over the New York Giants (7-4) atop the National Football Conference East Division

LeSean McCoy got the opening score midway through the first quarter on a 1-yard pass from Vick and added a second touchdown in the second quarter on a 4-yard run.

“It set the tone for the whole night,” McCoy said in a televised interview. “We slowed up in the middle and got strong at the end.”

Jacoby Jones then scored on an 8-yard pass from Houston quarterback Matt Schaub before Arian Foster got two third- quarter touchdowns to put the Texans ahead.

Schaub completed 22 of 36 passing attempts for 337 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for the Texans (5-7), while Vick went 22 for 33 for 302 yards and one interception.

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