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Tough Night For Vick, Offense

PITTSBURGH -- Quarterback Michael Vick's frustration could be felt in Heinz Field as he took it upon himself to tackle Steelers safety Troy Polamalu after his third interception of the first half in Thursday night's game.

Vick's pass deep down the middle intended for tight end Brent Celek was deflected by Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley and snatched by Polamalu. As it looked like Polamalu was about to race 80 yards for a touchdown, Vick knifed in and took down the All-Pro safety. After a successful preseason opener last week against Baltimore, it was a much different story with another AFC North foe as Vick was 5-of-12 for 47 yards with the three interceptions for a 13.5 QB rating.

Vick and the offense only got one crack at the ball in the first quarter and the Eagles got one first down before punting the ball away. In the second quarter, the Eagles had three possessions and each one of them resulted in a turnover.

After Vick completed a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Riley Cooper, Vick went to Cooper again deep down the left sideline. However, Vick never saw Steelers safety Ryan Clark who came over the top for the interception. On the Eagles' next drive, Vick tried to force a pass into the hands of wide receiver Chad Hall but cornerback Keenan Lewis was there for the interception.

For those who might panic in the wake of Thursday's performance, Vick didn't light the world on fire in the preseason last year as he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble before turning in an MVP-type regular season.

The bright spot for the offense was LeSean McCoy, who gained 25 yards on four carries and caught a pass for an additional 12 yards. McCoy picked up two of the Eagles' three first downs in the first half.

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