The night couldn't have started off worse for Kevin Kolb. But it sure did end well.
Backed up on his own 9-yard-line for his first snap of the preseason, Kolb was pressured right away by an on-rushing Jaguars defender; rolling back into the end zone, he threw the ball to the right - with no receiver in sight. Kolb was called for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety.
But the Eagles backup quarterback then proceeded to rally the Eagles from 12 points down to snatch victory away from the claws of the Jaguars. He finished the game 10 of 18 for 102 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Following the safety, Kolb led three scoring drives on four opportunities, including the game-winning two-minute drill.
"It was a good ending," Kolb said. "It was something positive to build around. I haven't got a whole lot of reps obviously with the injury, so any game-time experience is good, and tonight was obviously better than good.
I'm not surprised, because the first play was horrendous on my part. I was in the hole already, I had no choice but to come back and throw some good balls. It was a good ending, but a terrible start."
Trailing by two points with 2:51 to play from his own 19-yard-line, Kolb led a 10-play drive all the way to the Jaguars 16-yard-line to set up the game-winning David Akers field goal. During the drive, Kolb made several key plays, including a beautiful pass while rolling right to a leaning Brandon Gibson along the right sideline.
Kolb played in his first game of the preseason after missing time with an MCL sprain he suffered towards the end of training camp.
"I felt alright (physically)," he said. "You know, when it's two-minute like that and you're just rolling, you don't have time to think about anything like that.
"That's what was good for me. I just got to go out there and play ball, I felt the rhythm of the game, we moved the ball pretty good and were able to come back and win it."
And even though it's a preseason game, Kolb and his teammates were thrilled to come away with a victory.
"It feels great," Kolb said. "This is when I get a lot of my reps. This is like a (regular season) game for me. You have to approach it that way, it felt like everybody did.
"Everybody in the huddle was determined to go down there and win the game, and we were lucky enough to get it done."
It was also an interesting night for Kolb considering the debut of fellow quarterback Michael Vick. Kolb was impressed with by the performance, especially considering Vick's long absence from the game.
"We thought he did a great job," Kolb said of Vick. "He can take a deep breath ow and hunker down and start playing ball. Shoot, all the reads he had tonight he made spot on. He made great reads."
Kolb was also impressed by the reaction of the Philadelphia fans.
"I loved it," he said. "I don't know if you all were watching it but we were going crazy (on the sidelines) … when (the fans) started cheering, we were going nuts.
"We all feel for him and we want the best for him, and obviously tonight was a good start in that direction."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:33 a.m., August 28