Running back Brian Westbrook celebrates his late game touchdown
run with teamates. The Eagles seemed as though they would coast
the rest of the way as they took a 27-16 lead with only 3:10 left
in the 4th quarter. The Redskins would make a valiant effort to tie,
but came up short in the end. The Eagles won 27-25 and Westbrook now
has 2 career touchdowns to his credit.
Philadelphia Eagles' Stat Of The Week |
Kalu's interception return for a touchdown was the first by an Eagles'
lineman since Brandon Whiting's 32-yarder against Steve Walsh and the
colts at the Vet in 1999. Freddie Mitchell's 39-yard catch and run in
the second quarter was a career long for him. His previous longest
reception was for 29 yards in 2001 versus the Chiefs. Duce Staley failed to
catch a pass for the first time in 33 games. Redskin's QB Patrick Ramsey's
50 pass attempts were the forth most ever against the Eagles, but not the
most for Ramsey. He threw 53 times for the Patriots in a game back in 1997.
The most ever against the Eagles is still at 54, when dan Marino completed that
chore back in 1990. David Akers made 3 more FG's, improving him to 94-for-112
in his career (83.9%). If he makes 6 of his next 7, he'll become the second
most accurate kicker in NFL history.
Eagles Batter The 'Skins 27-25, |
And Improve Their Record To 2-2.
Now that is more of what we are used to watching. An Eagles' team scoring
just enough while the defense dominates the opponent. For the most part of
the afternoon, the Eagles took their frustrations out on Patrick Ramsey.
He was hit and hurried all game long, suffering 3 sacks and throwing 2
interceptions. Both INT's led to Philadelphia TD's. The second one perhaps
turning the game in the Eagles favor for good. The Eagles took an early
10-0 lead, only to see it evaporate to 13-10 at the half. Washington came
out and took the upper hand on the men in green as John Hall tied the game
with a 45-yard FG with 7:33 left in the 3rd quarter. After another 3-and-out
by the offense, #97 took control all by himself. Darwin Walker, playing at
defensive tackle once again found his way into the Redskin's backfield on 3
consecutive plays. On the first play however, he was called on a personal
foul face-masking penalty as he was sacking Ramsey. On the next play, he
did sack Ramsey. And on 2nd-and-long, he hit QB Ramsey as he was throwing
the ball. The result caused the pass to flutter up in the air right into
N.D. Kalu's hands. Kalu was "Johnny on the Spot" intercepting the ball and
he ran it back for his first NFL career touchdown as an NFL player. He later
autographed the ball and gave it to Walker. Nice gesture. E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
With the win, the Eagles moved to 2-2 and are 1-0 in the division. Next week,
Philly travels to Dallas for the big "First Place" showdown. The Redskins fell
to 3-2, but are now 0-2 in the division. On offense, the Eagles managed 261
total yards, while Donovan McNabb struggled once again. He finished the day
16-for-30 on passes with 157 yards with 1 TD and 2 more INT's. Jeremiah Trotter,
his old pal intercepted one of his 2 and returned it to the Eagles' 1-yard line.
On third down, Ramsey barely reached over the goal line on a QB sneak. The big
story of the game was the Philadelphia Eagles defense. The young secondary,
playing without Pro-Bowler's Troy Vincent, Brian Dawkins and Bobby Taylor held
the Washington pass offense in check most of the game. Redskins' QB Patrick
Ramsey was the NFC's third-ranked passer, threw for only 271 yards. But he
needed 50 pass attempts to just get that amount of yardage.
After Kalu scored the go ahead touchdown, the Eagles once again took over control
of the game. It seemed as though they wrapped up the win after the Eagles consumed
6 minutes to drive 55 yards on 11 plays. The drive ended with Brian Westbrook ran
another play for a 19-yard touchdown run, his second in so many weeks. Westbrook
had another productive game, finishing the day with 64 yards on 11 carries. As a
team, the Eagles ran the ball 30 times for 121 yards. The Eagles kicker, David
Akers was also perfect on 3 field goals during the game. But his counterpart,
John Hall was even better. With 1:11 left in the game, Hall kicked a 53-yarder
to cut the Eagles lead to 27-16. The Redskins recovered the ensuing onside kick.
Patrick Ramsey then proceeded to drive the Redskins downfield with no timeouts left.
But with time winding down to 11 seconds, Washington had one more opportunity as
Ramsey connected on a 32-yard pass for a touchdown caught by wide out Darnerien
McCants to make the score 27-25. But the Eagles stopped the 2-point conversion
from being successful and sending the 67,792 fans at Lincoln Financial Field home
happy with the Birds first ever win in the new dig. Only one thing left to say,
"Bring on the Cowboys".