LANDOVER, Md. » Michael Vick, not Donovan McNabb, played like a $78 million quarterback, accounting for six touchdowns all by himself.
And his Philadelphia Eagles marched down the field in one big chunk after another — enough times to put new entries in the various record books.
On a day the Washington Redskins hoped to celebrate McNabb’s new contract and set aside the swirl of distractions from his benching two weeks earlier, Vick and the Eagles stormed the party and thoroughly embarrassed their NFC East rivals 59-28 last night.
The Eagles said they were motivated by what McNabb said after the Redskins beat Philadelphia 17-12 last month. McNabb, speaking of the offseason trade that sent him to Washington, said at the time: "Everybody makes mistakes in their lifetime, and they made one last year."
"We got fired up," Eagles center Mike McGlynn said. "Donovan had said some things after they beat us that fired us up, saying how they made a terrible decision and everybody makes mistakes. I think we’re happy with where we are right now."
McGlynn also blamed Redskins safety LaRon Landry for a pregame skirmish. McGlynn also said he was spit on by Landry twice during the game.
The Eagles scored on an 88-yard pass from Vick to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage and led 35-0 after the first play of the second quarter.
Vick completed his first 10 passes and finished 20-for-28 for 333 yards with four touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 80 yards and two scores, moving past Steve Young and into second place in NFL history for yards rushing by a quarterback.
The Eagles set team records for total yards in a game (592) and points in a half (45) and had the biggest lead after the first quarter for any NFL road team (28-0) since at least 1950.
Vick became the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game. He hasn’t thrown an interception or lost a fumble this season.
More practically, the win moved Philadelphia (6-3) into a first-place tie with the New York Giants in the division, with both teams two games ahead of the Redskins (4-5). The Eagles are 4-0 when Vick starts and finishes the game.
McNabb finished 17-for-31 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.