Here is a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from Tuesday night's Eagles-Vikings game:
Rookie tight end Clay Harbor made a spectacular TD catch in the first quarter by somehow dragging both feet in the back of the end zone as he was getting knocked out of bounds. The Vikings challenged, but the call was upheld.
Hey, Stewart Bradley, hear that ringing? That's Jamar Chaney calling to tell you he's not giving you back the middle linebacker job. Since Bradley went down with a dislocated elbow three games ago, the rookie has been very sharp patrolling the middle. In the first quarter alone, he recorded three tackles - two of which were for losses - and defended a pass. Bradley is supposed to come back for the playoffs. You have to wonder if he'll come back as the starter.
Andy Reid used his challenge flag this week, and it worked. Early in the third quarter, he challenged an apparent touchdown to Sidney Rice. The call was reversed, and the Vikings had to settle for a field goal.
The Eagles' defense has taken a lot of criticism for its lack of red-zone prowess. The unit entered the game with the league's worst percentage inside the 20, with opponents scoring touchdowns on 76.9 percent of their possessions. The Eagles, though, came up with a big stop in the third quarter. After a challenge reversed a touchdown, the Vikings faced third and goal on the 2. Defensive end Juqua Parker pushed quarterback Joe Webb out of bounds for a sack, and Minnesota had to settle for a field goal and a 10-7 lead. Of course, the Vikings later scored from the red zone. Count this as good and bad.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier made a weak attempt to challenge Jeremy Maclin's 28-yard completion that set up Harbor's TD catch. Not only did Frazier throw the red flag too late, but he threw it at midfield while the officials were at the goal line.
The Vikings' one bona fide pass rusher, Jared Allen, came nearly unblocked twice early in the game, both times hammering quarterback Michael Vick. While winning was the Eagles' top job, keeping Vick healthy had to be a close second.
The entire first quarter. Both teams. Total points: seven. Total penalties: five.
Vick sure didn't look like a Pro Bowl quarterback in the first half. The stats won't show it, however. The Vikings picked off Vick once but would have had two more interceptions if it weren't for drops. And these were flat-out drops.