Webb Leads Vikings to 24-14 Defeat of Eagles in First NFL Start

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Joe Webb passed for 195 yards and ran nine yards for a touchdown in his first National Football League start and the Minnesota Vikings defeated the host Philadelphia Eagles 24-14 in a game delayed two days by the East Coast snowstorm.

Webb replaced the injured Brett Favre, who sustained a concussion last week against the Chicago Bears.

“My teammates were all around me,” Webb said in a televised interview last night. “You always have to have composure as a quarterback.”

Antoine Winfield, who recorded two sacks, returned a fumble 45 yards for a score with less than a minute left in the first half to even the score at 7-7 after Philadelphia’s Clay Harbor scored in the first quarter on a 3-yard pass from Michael Vick.

The Vikings (6-9) took command in the second half. Ryan Longwell kicked a 30-yard field goal and Webb scored to give the visitors a 17-7 lead after three quarters.

Vick, who before the game was announced as the Pro Bowl starting quarterback for the National Football Conference, scored on a 10-yard run to narrow the gap to 17-14 in the fourth quarter before Adrian Peterson added a touchdown for the Vikings on a 1-yard run.

Vick passed for 263 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, for the Eagles (10-5), who already have clinched a playoff spot. The game originally was scheduled as a Sunday night contest.

“It’s been a long week,” Winfield said. “Coach (Leslie) Frazier did a great job of keeping us focused.”

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