PHILADELPHIA - For the second straight season the Eagles ended their home opener without their starting quarterback.
And for the second straight year, their home opener ended with a loss.
Quarterback Michael Vick suffered a broken right hand in a 29-16 loss to the New York Giants Sunday afternoon before a stunned and disappointed crowd of 69,144 at Lincoln Financial Field.
"I don't know if I'm going to be able to play next week," said Vick, who throws with his left hand, as he sat afterward with his right hand wrapped in ice. "I don't know anything right now except my hand's broken, and we've got to figure out what's the next move."
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak over the Giants and left the so-called Eagles' "dream team" with a 1-2 record heading into next week's game here against San Francisco.
Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes, two to Victor Cruz including a 28-yarder after the Giants stuffed LeSean McCoy for a three-yard loss on a fourth-and-one from the New York 43-yard line. That and a two-point conversion gave the Giants a 22-16 lead, and Manning added an 18-yard hook-up with Ahmad Bradshaw after Aaron Ross picked off Mike Kafka's first pass attempt.
A year ago, Vick took over in the home opener against Green Bay after Kevin Kolb suffered a first-half concussion and nearly led the Eagles to a come-from-behind victory. His performance in Kolb's absence led head coach Andy Reid to eventually make Vick the starter and ultimately led to Kolb's off-season trade to Phoenix.
This year, Vick, a native of Newport News, suffered his injury when he was trying to protect his head from a hit by New York's Chris Canty after completing a 23-yard pass to Jeremy Macklin late in the third quarter. Vick remained in the game for the rest of that drive which resulted in the last of Alex Henery's three field goals before going to the locker room for x-rays.
He later returned for the next series after the Giants' go-ahead touchdown -- the one that ended with the Giants' fourth-down stop – before giving way to Kafka with 8:07 left in the game. Vick was 16-of-23 for 176 yards, but he didn't throw a touchdown pass and was picked off once on a deflected pass inside the Giants 10-yard line on the opening driveCopyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times