Big blunders and gritty toughness marked the end of week two for the NFL schedule. Which teams got back on track, and which players couldn't avoid the headlines once again?
Atlanta Falcons def. Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Ryan outlasts Michael Vick
The homecoming for Michael Vick was an unforgettable one, no matter how much he and the Philadelphia Eagles would like to. In a game where both Vick and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan endured repeated vicious hits all night, it came down to which one would give first. In the end Vick couldn't weather the beatings anymore. After getting spun around and smashed into his own lineman, Vick left the game with a concussion while Ryan executed three critical touchdown drives featuring Tony Gonzales and Michael Turner to erase a 10-point Philadelphia lead. Mike Kafka came in to replace Vick and showed flashes of why the Eagles let Kevin Kolb go when he drove them down for the go-ahead score. Unfortunately a perfect pass to the normally sure-handed Jeremy Maclin got dropped and the Falcons ran off enough time to limit the Eagles to one last Hail Mary pass that got batted down.
Final score: 35-31
New York Giants def. St. Louis Rams: Eli Manning capitalizes on Rams mistakes
A lot was made of how the New York Giants could survive the laundry list of injuries their team has endured since the start of preseason. They answered that question in their second NFL schedule game against the St. Louis Rams. For much of the first quarter both defenses traded shots with Sam Bradford continuing to struggle in the red zone and Eli Manning dealing with a feisty Rams blitz. New York finally broke through on by taking a Bradford swing pass that got ruled a fumble back for a touchdown. Manning didn't immediately crank up the pressure but St. Louis helped him out with several costly penalties that resulted in a circus catch by Domenik Hixon for a touchdown. The Giants added an insurance touchdown from Brandon Jacobs in the third quarter and let the defense hold off Bradford to drain the clock.
Final score: 28-16
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Dunta Robinson gets fined $40,000 for another brutal hit on Eagles receiver
For the second time in his short career, cornerback Dunta Robinson got slapped with a huge fine for blasting a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver. At the cost of $40,000 Robinson floored receiver Jeremy Maclin during the Atlanta Falcons win over the Eagles on Sunday night. He did avoid a suspension unlike last time when he played for Houston.
Tony Romo beat the San Francisco 49ers with broken rib AND punctured lung
Shocking news came out of Texas when doctors and trainers for the Dallas Cowboys revealed that quarterback Tony Romo didn't just come back from a broken rib to stun the San Francisco 49ers in overtime. According to sources, Romo also played through a punctured lung that could've seriously threatened his life. It's a true tribute to his toughness and will to win.
The NFL schedule yielded a week to remember and forget all at once. Stay tuned for what week 3 has in store.