His first pass of the preseason was thrown in the general direction of nobody, resulting in two points for the opponent.
The night could only get better for Kevin Kolb.
"I was in the hole already," Kolb said. "I had no choice but to come back and throw some good balls."
He did, at times. Kolb engineered a fourth-quarter comeback, although he struggled with his accuracy last night in his preseason debut against Jacksonville.
He finished 10 of 18 for 102 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 33-32 win over the Jaguars.
With the spotlight on Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick, who shared time at quarterback over the first three quarters, it was an important game for Kolb.
The third-year pro missed the first two preseason games with a knee injury. Kolb savors his preseason chances, because they generally provide his only extended game action.
And with four quarterbacks on the roster, including A.J. Feeley, the reps are becoming more important for Kolb. He remains the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, although Vick could challenge that.
"It's super important," Kolb said. "I wish I would have gotten more tonight. But it's something positive to build on. Obviously, I need as much work as I can get on the field, because I don't have a whole lot of game-time experience."
Kolb played the entire fourth quarter and had few positive moments.
His first play had come at the end of the third quarter, with the Eagles backed up on their own 9-yard line. Under pressure, he managed to get rid of the football, but was still in the pocket between the tackles, which made him guilty of intentional grounding in the end zone. That gave the Jaguars a safety and a 29-20 lead.
With six minutes remaining in the game and the Eagles down by six points, Kolb and the offense took over on the Jacksonville 14 after a Bryan Smith interception. The drive lasted 2 minutes, 54 seconds, and resulted in a loss of 3 yards and a David Akers field goal.
A bright spot for Kolb was a drive midway through the fourth quarter. Two consecutive completions set up a well-thrown ball to Reggie Brown on a slant route for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 7:01 to play.
Kolb was pleased with the rhythm he developed later in the fourth. He completed three passes on the game-winning drive.
"It was a good ending," he said, "but a terrible start."