CLEVELAND – Jeremy Maclin, to borrow a phrase, took a licking on Sunday and kept on ticking. And he made the Browns pay for it.
The fourth-year wide receiver was slowed twice by injury in the first half, and then came back later in the half to haul in a 46-yard pass from Michael Vick to put the ball at the Cleveland 18-yard line with less than a minute to play in the first half, and then Maclin ran cornerback Joe Haden ragged on a route – inside, outside and then inside on a post – to catch Vick's touchdown pass a play later to give the Eagles an ultra-important 10-3 lead after two quarters on the way to a thrilling 17-16 win at Cleveland Browns Stadium..
It was Maclin's 13th red-zone touchdown – of the 20th in his career – and it came at a great time to help the struggling Eagles offense. It also showed a little bit of Maclin's underrated toughness.
Earlier in the game he was attended to after being pushed out of bounds on a reception and then, a play later, he stayed down on the field after taking a big hit from Dimitri Patterson.
Maclin shook off both injuries to catch 6 passes for 85 yards and the score in the opening two quarters of play.
"It's football and it was a physical game," said Maclin, who finished with a team-high 7 receptions for 96 yards. He was targeted 14 times. "It's just part of the game and we're glad to get out of here with a win. We didn't play our best football. You can't turn the ball over that much. We know we have a lot to work on.
"At the same time, we showed something to come back and win the game. That's what we're going to take out of him, and then get to work on becoming a better team."
On the touchdown, Maclin took advantage of Haden's single coverage and made the connection with Vick.
"I saw I had man-to-man coverage and that he was off (the line of scrimmage)," said Maclin. "I made a double move and I was wide open in the end zone and Mike put it right there."