The Indianapolis Colts did what they often do on Sunday, rallying from an early deficit to take the lead at Philadelphia.
What they couldn't do this time was hold on.
The Eagles, after squandering a 13-0 first-half lead, rode a strong defensive second half to a 26-24 victory at Lincoln Financial Field over a Colts team that continues to pile up injuries.
Peyton Manning received one last chance late, at the Indianapolis 26 with 40 seconds left and no timeouts, but the drive ended with Asante Samuel's second interception of the day.
A few quick thoughts on Colts-Eagles:
• Colts wide receiver Austin Collie left on a stretcher late in the second quarter. The extent and nature of his injuries weren't immediately known. Collie, a second-year veteran, remained almost motionless on the field for more than 10 minutes with 2:23 remaining in the second quarter. He had been hit helmet-to-helmet by Eagles defensive back Kurt Coleman. Coleman was penalized 15 yards for the hit, but it was unclear if the play will receive a huge fine from the NFL because Collie had taken two steps after touching the ball. The play was ruled an incomplete pass.
• The Colts emphasize a Next Man Up philosophy of relying on backup players to perform when needed, and Sunday's game was one of the best efforts in that vein. Not only did they lose Collie during the game, they placed wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez on injured reserve Saturday. They had placed tight end Dallas Clark on injured reserve two weeks ago, and also played on Sunday without cornerback Jerraud Powers, running backs Joseph Addai and Mike Hart, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson, safety Bob Sanders and linebacker Clint Session.
• The Colts' offense often functions without its premier players, but struggled Sunday after Collie left the game. The Colts did not score in the third quarter and had three first downs in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
• Wide receiver DeSean Jackson made a quick impact early, catching a nine-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 1:44 gone in the first quarter. Jackson beat second-year cornerback Jacob Lacey on a quick pass toward the goal post and caught a quick pass from Michael Vick.
• The Eagles took a 16-7 lead, and that was unusual given the recent history of this series. The Colts blew out Philadelphia 35-13 in 2002 and 45-21 in 2006 in games that felt like blowouts through much of the contest.
• The Eagles were coming off a bye. They had entered the game 11-0 in that situation under coach Andy Reid.
• Eagles quarterback Michel Vick continues to look like a more mature quarterback, and played well in the pocket Sunday. He helped give the Eagles an early lead with a nice pocket pass to Jackson and later in the half his mobility gave Philadelphia a key first down.
• Manning started his 200th consecutive game. He never has missed an NFL start.
• It's silly to say the Colts don't miss Dallas Clark, because the versatile Pro Bowl tight end brings too much too the offense to say that. But backup tight end Jacob Tamme has been productive. His three-yard touchdown reception in the first half was his second in as many games starting. Collie, however, failed to hang on to a catchable pass on an early drive.
• Colts running back Donald Brown made his second career start Sunday. The 2009 first-round draft selection had started the regular-season finale against Buffalo and started Sunday because Joseph Addai was out with a neck/shoulder injury. Third-team running back Mike Hart also was out with an ankle injury.
• Colts running back Javarris James scored on a 6-yard second-quarter touchdown run. It was the first touchdown of James' career. He is the cousin of former Colts Pro Bowl running back Edgerrin James.
• The Colts wore throwback helmets and uniforms from the 1955 season.
• The Eagles have committed five or more penalties in 10 consecutive games. That's the second-longest streak in the NFL. Seattle has five or more penalties in 11 consecutive games.
• The Colts' 10 touchdown drives of 10 or more plays are the most by any team in the NFL this season.
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