PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eric Berry intercepted Michael Vick and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown, helping Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs take a 10-6 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles after one quarter Thursday night.
Vick bounced back from the pick with a career-best 61-yard run before tossing a 22-yard TD pass to Jason Avant that cut it to 10-6.
Reid was back in Philadelphia for the first time since he was fired last season following a 4-12 finish. He got a standing ovation from some of the same fans who chanted “Fire Andy” during a game in 2011 and desperately wanted him gone last year.
Reid’s homecoming coincides with the Eagles retiring Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 at halftime. Reid drafted McNabb with the second overall pick in 1999, and the coach-quarterback duo turned the Eagles into one of the NFL’s elite teams for a decade.
Adding to the story line was the fact both teams are off to surprising starts. The Chiefs (2-0) have already matched last year’s win total, while the Eagles (1-1) showed off a dynamic offense in Chip Kelly’s first two games.
Vick hadn’t thrown a pick in his last 95 attempts, dating to last season, before locking in on Brent Celek on Philadelphia’s third play. Derrick Johnson tipped the ball and Berry caught it, running untouched to the end zone to give the Chiefs a 10-0 lead.
Vick played near-flawless the first two games, accounting for six TDs (four passing, two rushing) and a 119 passer rating. He threw for a career-best 428 yards in a 33-30 loss to San Diego last Sunday.
After Vick connected with Avant, the Eagles then failed on Kelly’s first attempt at a two-point conversion. Known for passing up extra points and going for 2 at Oregon, Kelly waited until his third game to try it in the NFL.
Kicker Alex Henery lined up in the shotgun, but the snap went right to Zach Ertz lined up wide to the left. Ertz was tackled well short of the end zone.
The Eagles turned the ball over three times in the first quarter. The last one came when center Jason Kelce’s shotgun snap bounced off his thigh, hit guard Todd Herremans and was recovered by Justin Houston at the Chiefs 49.
After the Chiefs went three-and-out on the game’s first series, Damaris Johnson fumbled the punt at the Eagles 8 and Cyrus Gray recovered. Kansas City went three-and-out again, and settled for Ryan Succop’s 33-yard field goal.
Reid led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six division titles, five NFC championship games and a loss in the 2005 Super Bowl.
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