PHILADELPHIA - Eagles fans welcomed back former coach Andy Reid with a standing ovation and cheered former quarterback Donovan McNabb during his jersey-retirement ceremony Thursday night.

They saved their boos for their own team.

The Eagles (1-2) committed five turnovers, including four in the first half, and their high-energy offense never got rolling in a 26-16 loss to Kansas City (3-0) at Lincoln Financial Field.

"We have to do a better job of executing on the offensive side of the football," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "You can't turn the ball over like we did tonight and expect to win."

The NFL schedule may have had something to do with their lackluster play. The Eagles were believed to be the first team in league history to play three games in an 11-day span.

But the Eagles refused to use exhaustion as an excuse.

"That had nothing to do with it," Eagles center Jason Kelce said. "So we had three games in 11 days. (The Chiefs) had three games in 12 days. There's not much difference there. No excuses. We just flat out didn't play well tonight."

Whatever the reason, quarterback Michael Vick and company were unable to establish much continuity, thus wasting a respectable performance by the Eagles' much-maligned defense during the Eagles' ninth straight loss at the Linc dating back to last season.

An offense that produced 63 combined points in the first two games stalled. Vick's streak of flawless passing performances came to an end. He completed just 13 of 30 passes for 201 yards and threw two interceptions, after going 95 passes without a pick, before getting shaken up on the final possession while losing a fumble.

"We just kept putting ourselves in bad positions," Vick said. "When all 11 guys take care of their responsibilities, we can move the football. We have to hold ourselves accountable and responsible."

Shifty running back LeSean McCoy shook off a leg injury that required X-rays at halftime to rush for 158 yards and touchdown on 20 carries. His 41-yard dash to the end zone with 11:31 left in regulation cut the Chiefs' lead to 22-16 and gave the Eagles a shot at a comeback victory.

But an Eagles defense that had collected five sacks and generally contained the Chiefs' offense failed to come up with a pivotal stop in the fourth quarter.

They had the Chiefs pinned at their own 5-yard line, but Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith burned them with a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Donnie Avery during a 75-yard, 15-play drive that ate up more than eight minutes and ended with Ryan Succop's 38-yard field goal, his fourth field goal of the game.

Avery repeatedly beat the Eagles' secondary all game, catching seven passes for 141 yards.

"If the defense was on the field too much it's our own fault," Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said. "It's our job to get off the field and we didn't do that."

Just like in Sunday's 33-30 loss to San Diego, the Eagles left points on the field. Kelly inexplicably attempted a two-point conversion after Vick's 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Avant cut the Chiefs' lead to 10-6 early in the game.Later, place-kicker Alex Henery missed a field goal.

The trouble started early for the Eagles. A muffed punt by returner Damaris Johnson after a solid opening series by the Eagles' defense led to a 33-yard field goal by Succop.

The Eagles' offense had the ball for just three plays before Chiefs safety Eric Berry returned Vick interception 38 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 Chiefs lead. It was Vick's first interception in 96 pass attempts dating back to last season.

Vick quickly rebounded, however, to help the Eagles cut the deficit to 10-6. Vick dashed upfield off a read option for 61 yards to start the next drive, then hung tough against a Chiefs blitz to deliver a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Avant with 5:04 left in the opening quarter.

Another Eagles' possession ended in a turnover when Kelce hit his own thigh with a shotgun snap that never reached Vick. Kelce suffered a sprained right thumb in Sunday's 33-30 loss to San Diego.

The Eagles defense kept the team in contention with a strong first-half effort. Their only serious mistake came in the second quarter, when a pair of missed tackles enabled Avery to turn a short pass from Smith into a 51-yard gain that led to Succop's 31-yard field goal.

Vick threw his second interception of the game in the second quarter with an errant pass toward wide receiver Riley Cooper that was intercepted by Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith. Succop booted a 34-yard field goal to put the Chiefs ahead 16-6 at the 2:26 mark.

Eagles fans gave Reid a nice ovation before the game and delivered a roaring, standing ovation when the team retired former quarterback Donovan McNabb's No. 5 jersey at halftime.

"Number five will always love you," McNabb said. "Thank you."


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