The quarterback competition that Chip Kelly created embraced and presented Friday came no closer to a conclusion in the Eagles’ 31-22 loss to the New England Patriots Friday at the Linc.

For that Kelly claimed the first round of the battle was a success.

Because neither Michael Vick nor Nick Foles did anything to eliminate themselves from the race it will continue as scheduled. As such Kelly reiterated that he will decide on his opening day starter only when he begins to seriously game-plan for that Sept. 9 game in Washington — and that he will not begin that process until after the fourth preseason game.

“I thought they both did a good job” Kelly said after his first game as the Birds’ head coach. “Nick unfortunately had that fumble in the third series on a protection breakdown but he came back and put a good drive together. They both got us into the end zone. So I was pleased with how the both of those guys played.”

Vick started and completed four of his five passes for 94 yards including a 47-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. Foles followed with a 5-for-6 effort and a touchdown drive culminating in an 8-yard Bryce Brown run.

Both were done for the night before halftime giving way to Matt Barkley Dennis Dixon and G.J. Kinne. But as for the competition that is hardly done at all.

Oddly Kelly found that the success of both Vick and Foles would ease — not complicate — his decision.

“No” he said “it would make my decision harder if neither completed a pass. I think they both played pretty well and that gave me confidence in both of the guys. That’s what you are hoping happens. I think both of those guys rose to the occasion.”

Vick struck first needing only five plays to move the Eagles 77 yards and answer a New England touchdown. Two plays after a 22-yard pass to Jason Avant over the middle Vick caught Jackson down the right sideline for the 47-yard TD pass.