With only 10:23 left in the game, David Akers makes good on the extra
point to give the Eagles the lead for good at 21-17. He also was 1 for 2
on field goals during the game. He missed his first opportunity from 55 yards
out with 11:30 left in the fourth quarter. It was also his first FG attempt
since the second quarter of the Redskins game in Week 5.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stat Of The Week
For only the 22nd time in his last 55 starts, McNabb completed at least 60%
of his passes. The Eagles are 18-4 in those games. His 73.9 completion rate
yesterday was his second highest of his career. Curtis Martin became the first
back to rush for more than 100 yards (110 yards total) against the Eagles this
year. Ike Reese's blocked punt was the Birds' first since Micah Moore blocked
one against the Cowboys back in September of 2001. The New York Jets, who had won
their last two games, fell to 2-5 and are now an all-time 0-7 against the
Buckhalter & McNabb Help Propel |
Eagles Past The NY Jets, 24-17.
One week after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants in
the Meadowlands in what I call the "Miracle at the Meadowlands IV"; the
other New York football team came to town to play a game at Lincoln
Financial Field. The Jets at 2-4 and the Eagles struggling at 3-3 met
in a nationally televised game on CBS at 4:15 in the afternoon. Chad
Pennington played in his first game this season since breaking his hand
in the pre-season. The Jets ended up outgaining the Eagles 377 yards to
306. But it was Donovan McNabb who prevailed in an Eagles 24-17 win. The
Eagles win spoiled Pennington's return to action. Vinny Testeverde started
the game and completed 7 of 11 passes for 112 yards and no INT's. Pennington
finished the day 14 of 24, 154 yards and 1 INT. It was Testeverde who
engineered the first 10 points for the Jets. Chad was only responsible
for the last touchdown even though he played the majority of the game.
If the Jets really wanted to win this game, they should of kept Vinny
in for the duration. This was especially true with Pennington looking
very rusty. In the bigger picture, Pennington is the New York Jets future,
not Vinny. Why didn't Herm Edwards just start Chad Pennington outright from
the beginning? He will be second guessed on both decisions. Good thing for
the Eagles that Pennington was not his old self.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb on the other hand looked pretty sharp throughout
the entire game. His final numbers read: 141 passing yards, 1 INT and he completed 17
of 23 passes, a 74% completion rate. Much, much better! He also added 18 rushing yards
on 2 attempts. McNabb looked sharp as he led the Eagles on 4 separate scoring drives,
3 of them ending with touchdowns. The real hero for the Philadelphia Eagles was for once,
Donovan McNabb. It was not even Villanova star Brian Westbrook, who left the game early
with what is being described as a high ankle sprain. Correll Buckhalter playing instead,
rushed for 100 yards on 15 carries. He scored 2 touchdowns and averaged 6.7 yards per
carry. It was his second career 100-yard rushing game. He first scored on a 6-yard rush
in the first quarter and later in the second had a 7-yard TD run. Duce Staley added 47
rushing yards on 9 carries with the bulk of his carries coming in the second half. Well
anyway, with the Dallas Cowboys loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Eagles win
over the Jets, Philadelphia improved to 4-3. They are now only 1 game behind the Cowboys
for first place in the NFC East.
The teams exchanged leads six times throughout the game. After the Jets struck first on a
30-yard FG, McNabb drove the Eagles 53 yards on 12 plays for the first TD of the game.
Testeverde then hit Santana Moss on a 60-yard pass to give New York a 10-7 lead. Halfway
through the 2nd quarter, the Eagles retook the lead on a drive that featured some nice
Westbrook runs before he was injured. The Jets went ahead after Aaron Beasley intercepted
a McNabb pass and ran it back to the Eagles 49-yard line. From there, Pennington took control,
driving the Jets 49 yards, which ended with a 21-yard run by Curtis Martin. Donovan McNabb would
regain his composure from that untimely mistake and engineered a 7 play 57-yard TD drive. A
short 4-yard pass to fullback Jon Ritchie gave the Birds the lead for good. New York would
have one more opportunity, but on 4th down and 1 with just over 4 ½ minutes left, it was Darwin
Walker who made the big play stopping LaMont Jordan for no gain. David Akers would add a short
30-yard FG for the final points of the game with only 1:12 left on the clock. The Eagles won
again despite trailing again in the fourth quarter, though this time did not need luck to win.
It was a much improving Donovan McNabb who led the way. Let's hope he will only get better as
the season heads towards the playoffs. 4-3 is a hell of lot better than 2-5, which is where the
Jets are now.