DETROIT -- Lost in the buzz that was Michael Vick (enormous, and well-deserved) was the play on Sunday by running back LeSean McCoy, who has settled very nicely, thank you, into his role as the team's go-to running back.
McCoy scored three touchdowns (a first for an Eagles running back since Charlie Garner in 1995), rushed for 120 yards on 16 carries and caught 4 passes for 8 yards as the Eagles roared back from a 17-7 deficit at Ford Field to beat Detroit, 35-32. McCoy now has four touchdowns in two games and has 155 yards on 21 carries in two weeks.
"It was a great feeling out there," he said. "The coaches gave me the football and the line did a great job blocking it up inside. That's the kind of offense we have. We have DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek and then there is me and I just kind of sneak up on everybody."
He battled an aggressive Detroit defense on Sunday. The Lions blitzed on nearly every down and went after Vick, and the Eagles were able to get the ball to McCoy just enough to keep the Lions from teeing off. McCoy finished off a second-quarter drive with the Eagles down 17-7 by taking a Vick inside handoff and ducking through the interior of the line and then bursting into the end zone for a 14-yard scoring run. The score capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive, and it turned the momentum of the game in the Eagles' favor.
Then McCoy ended a drive in the third quarter with a 4-yard run to make it 28-17 and at that point the Eagles had control of the game. McCoy then put the Eagles ahead 35-17 with a 46-yard scamper with 6 minutes, 17 seconds to go in the game and it seemed like the Eagles could coast a bit.
Obviously, that was not the case.
"I feel real comfortable in my role and it's only going to get better," said McCoy. "We know we made too many mistakes. We got something going and then we made a mistake. We can't do that. "But we won the game and that's all that matters. I'll take it.
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, September 19, 5:35 p.m.