Sunday's devastating 29-16 loss to the Giants was all too familiar for Eagles fans. For the second-straight week, the electric Michael Vick was knocked out of a game in the fourth quarter; the Eagles went into the fourth quarter with the lead in both games, only to find themselves out a starting quarterback and with an added notch in the loss column as the clock hit triple zeros.
Trailing by a point with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, Vick completed a 23-yard strike to Jeremy Maclin in Giants territory, taking a big shot in the process. Although, he went on to finish the drive and was even able to take the field for the first drive of the fourth quarter, the 2010 Pro Bowl quarterback was diagnosed with a broken right hand after being taken into the locker room with 11 minutes left in the game. After the game, the lefty quarterback was frank about his thoughts on the hit.
"I felt like I got hit late," said Vick. "There wasn't a flag. That's pretty much been the story the entire season. If that's how it was going to be, something catastrophic was bound to happen, and now I broke my hand.
"It's an unfortunate situation, for myself and for my team. If you look at the replays, I'm on the ground every time I throw the ball. It's frustrating."
When asked if he felt he was being treated unfairly, Vick was adamant that the referees were not treating him the same way they treat other quarterbacks around the league.
"I absolutely feel that I'm not getting the same calls other quarterbacks are getting. You've all seen it. I'm on the ground constantly. The refs just have to do their jobs."
Vick finished the game 16-of-23 for 207 total yards, with no touchdowns and an interception. After the game, he was asked if he could be ready to play next week.
"I'm not sure," said the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year. "We'll see how it goes."
If Vick is unavailable for next week's game, head coach Andy Reid will have to choose between his two reserves, Mike Kafka and Vince Young. Although Young, who today was activated for the first time since straining his hamstring in the preseason finale against the Jets, is listed as the backup to Vick, Reid chose to go with second-year quarterback Mike Kafka. The youngster went four-of-seven with two interceptions as the Eagles tried in vain to mount a late comeback.