Brian Westbrook is congratulated by Todd Pinkston after Westbrook
returned a punt for an 84-yard touchdown. Westbrook had a huge day
finishing with over 233 total all-purpose yards. He had 67 yards rushing
on 15 carries, 11 passing yards on 3 catches, 61 yards on 3 kickoffs,
84 yards on 2 punt returns and most importantly, scored both Eagles'
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Stat Of The Week
Brian Westbrook's return was the longest since Vai Sikahema's 87-yarder
back in 1992. That return also occured right here in Giants Stadium.
The Eagles are now 21-6 on the road since the start of the 2000 season,
a NFL best. The Eagles after losing 9 straight games to New York,
now have won 4 of the last 5 meetings. The last time the Eagles won despite
being outgained by at least 205 yards was the last game of the 1999 season,
when they beat the St. Louis Rams 38-31. The Eagles 134 yards were the lowest
since they had 105 in a loss at Pittsburgh back in 1994. David Akers has not
attempted a field goal since the 1:07 mark of the 2nd quarter of the Redskins
game, a span of 151 minutes, 7 seconds.
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Won By Eagles Late Game Miracle.
What happened yesterday could be called the Miracle of the Meadowlands IV.
What appeared as another Philadelphia Eagles' loss was saved by a late game
punt return for a touchdown. Fans were leaving Giants Stadium at the 2-minute
warning in celebrating a huge win for the hometown Giants. They were hooting
and hollering as they were getting a head start on traffic. Most fans were
leaving so they could get home in time to watch the big game later that evening;
the World Series and the New York Yankees. The Yankees would go on to defeat the
Marlins 6-1 in game #2 in Yankee Stadium. This was just another chapter in the
storied history at Giants Stadium. A series that features last second impossible
ways for the Philadelphia Eagles to snatch victory in the jaws of defeat. Miracles
at the New Jersey Meadowlands. Ike Reese said it best, "The games was over. Everybody
in the stadium thought the game was over." Then lightning struck again in the closing
minutes of a game dominated by the New York men in blue. This bolt wore #36 and scored
the game's winning touchdown by returning a punt 84 yards with only 76 seconds left.
Bobby Taylor put the finishing touches on an unlikely victory by batting down the last
pass from Kerry Collins on fourth down. The bus ride back to Philly will be a happy one,
albeit it lucky. Very, very lucky!
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The New York Giants outgained the Eagles by 205 yards (339-134) and still lost. They
held Philadelphia to a lousy 18 yards over the last 35 ½ minutes. Donovan McNabb was
again a shell of his old self completing only 9 of 23 passes and 63 yards. He started
out on target, completing his first 5 passes for 45 yards. But over the last 49 ½ minutes,
he was only 4-of-18 and 19 yards with an interception that led to a Giants late first half
FG. The Eagles won 14-10 despite McNabb's sixth consecutive below par game this season. I
remember going to a game back in 1992 against the Denver Broncos. In that game, the Eagles
"Gang Green" defense held QB great John Elway only 59 yards passing. The Eagles won that game
30-0. This game could have had a similar result except for the inept New York Giants play deep
in Philadelphia territory. The Giants drove inside the Eagles 39-yard line on 7 of 11 possessions
and scored only 10 points. New York squandered opportunity after opportunity to take a stranglehold
on the game. Nate Wayne stripped first Jeremy Shockey of the ball after he caught a pass deep in
Eagles' territory. Then Kerry Collins fumbled the ball away after he was sacked at the Eagles
10-yard line. And lastly, the Giants took the knee 3 times using all of Philly's timeouts, but
giving the ball back to the Eagles anyway. You know what happened next.
Donovan McNabb now has a 51.1 QB rating, the worst in the NFL. His rating this game was 29.1,
lowest since a 24.4 at Dallas in 1999. His 9 completions were also his lowest since 1999 against
the Carolina Panthers when he completed only 8 passes. Both lows happened during his rookie
season when the Eagles finished the year at 5-11. At the moment, the Eagles are at 3-3. This
was due only because of Brian Westbrook. Besides his miracle return, Westbrook was responsible
for 233 of the Eagles' 306 all-purpose yards. That is over 76% of the entire offense. That is
what we are used to seeing in Donovan McNabb, who at times would be responsible for approximately
80% of the teams' offense. Not this year! Certainly not in Giants Stadium on a cold, windy October
afternoon. What we saw today was another Eagles' miracle win. The first and most infamous occurred
back in 1978, when Herman Edwards returned a fumble with only 25 seconds left for a miraculous win.
Then in 1988, Clyde Simmons picked up a blocked punt and ran it in for a touchdown in overtime. Now
this miracle where the Giants' special teams failed to tackle Brian Westbrook on his 84-yard return.
Heck, Westbrook was not even born when the first miracle happened. He sure will never forget either.
I won't forget. Bring on the other New York football team. The Jets are coming to town.