CHICAGO -- It was bound to happen at some point. Entering Sunday's game against the Bears, quarterback Michael Vick had thrown 11 touchdowns against zero interceptions.
But it didn't have to happen at the time that it did. As the Eagles trailed 14-13 with 2:00 left in the first half, Vick took the snap out of the shotgun from the Bears' 4-yard line. Vick looked to pass over the middle to Jeremy Maclin - a play that earlier resulted in a touchdown - but the pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage by defensive tackle Tommie Harris. The ball popped into the air and was recovered by safety Chris Harris.
In addition to Vick's first interception of the season, it ended his streak of 240 pass attempts including playoffs without an interception. Vick had thrown 224 pass attempts as an Eagle without an interception.
"That interception was just deflating," Vick said. "When you have a chance to go up by six points or by two with a field goal, then you're up and momentum swings back your way."
The turnover certainly shifted the momentum. The Eagles had scored 10 straight points before the interception. The Bears ran off 17 consecutive points and took a 31-13 lead before hanging on for a 31-26 decision over the Eagles on Sunday at Soldier Field. Vick finished 29 of 44 for 333 yards with two touchdowns and the interception. He also rushed nine times for 44 yards in the first game that he lost when he started and finished.
"It's always tough when you lose. I hate to lose," Vick said. "It makes me sick. It makes me ill, but we're not going to win every game and I know that but we're definitely going to win more than we lose."
While Vick threw for 333 yards, only 26 of them were to DeSean Jackson who was upset after the game and did not talk to reporters.
Vick struggled early as he overthrew a wide open Brent Celek on the Eagles' second drive of the game and the team had to settle for a 45-yard David Akers field goal. The Bears mixed up the pressure, but allowed the receivers to get open underneath and in the holes of the zone coverage. Vick hit Clay Harbor for a 24-yard gain which led to the Eagles' first touchdown in the second quarter. He hit Jackson for a 21-yard gain in zone coverage.
But when the Eagles got in the red zone, Vick was unable to make the exchange with Celek on a shovel pass and the Eagles had to settle for another Akers field goal.
The red zone woes continued in the fourth quarter as the Eagles tried to rally from a 31-13 deficit. On second-and-goal, Jackson lined up just to the left of the offensive line and had a clean release as he ran an out route into the flat. However, Vick never saw him and had his pass intended for Jason Avant knocked down. Again, the Eagles settled for a David Akers field goal. The Eagles were just 1 of 5 in the red zone.
"I solely take responsibility for that," Vick said. "We have to be better in the red zone. We have to get more touchdowns than field goals. They were doing nothing out of the ordinary. We just beat ourselves. Plays that we can make, we just don't make."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 8:36 p.m., November 28