For tight end Brent Celek, the 2010 season has not been what he expected. After a breakout year in 2009, one in which Celek had 76 catches, 971 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, Celek has been used primarily as a blocker this season, thus hurting his individual stats.
But with time running out Sunday night in Chicago, Michael Vick connected with Celek for one of the most improbable touchdown catches of the season. Vick put the ball between four converging defenders, and Celek had the concentration to make the catch in some serious traffic. It was Celek's third touchdown of the year and only his 26th reception.
But could that touchdown be the catalyst to some more production from Celek in the passing game?
"I hope so, but ultimately we lost the game," Celek said. "We'll try to take some positives out when we watch film, but we have to win next time."
Of course, the game Sunday night changed dramatically when Vick threw an interception from the Bears' 3-yard-line, and Jay Cutler subsequently drove Chicago's offense down the field for a touchdown before halftime. That 14-point swing firmly planted momentum with the Bears; something the Eagles could never recover.
"It was definitely big," Celek said. "The fact that we went down there and we were expecting to get points but we got nothing, it really hurt us as a team.
"This is a long season and not every game is going to go your way. You're going to have to bounce back from adversity. That's something that we just didn't do too well."
With the Houston Texans coming to Philadelphia on Thursday, the Eagles have very little time to put this game behind them and move on. But that's just fine with Celek, who was ready to hit the practice fields right after the game ended.
"Honestly, I want to get back out there," Celek said. "I feel disgusted right now by how we played so getting back out there and moving on will probably be the best thing for our team."
-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 3:30 p.m., November 29