Terrell Owens celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown late in the
second quarter. The touchdown, a 7-yard pass from McNabb cut the Kansas
City lead to 24-13 with just 1:14 left in the half.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, who never had consecutive games of 300+ yards
passing until last week, became the first quarterback in franchise history
to throw 300 yards or more in three straight games. McNabb is on pace for
an NFL-record 5,332 passing yards and Terrell Owens is on pace for an
NFL-record 2,024 receiving yards. T.O.'s 171 yards were his fourth most
in his career and most for any Eagle since "Arkansas" Fred Barnett had
173 against the Cardinals on Nov. 6, 1994. Sheldon Brown had his first
2-INT game and his 40-yard TD return was his first NFL TD. LJ Smith's
nine catches were the Eagles' most for a tight end since Keith Jackson had
12 against the Redskins on Sept. 17, 1989. Dante Hall's 96-yard kickoff
return for a TD ties an all-time NFL record for most touchdowns on kickoff
returns. The Eagles 28 rushing yards on 17 attempts were their fewest rushing
yards on 15 or more carries since Dec. 8, 1985 (19-for-26) vs the Buffalo Bills.
After Down 24-6, Eagles Score 31 |
Straight Points On Chiefs To Win.
This game ended as one of the NFL’s biggest comebacks of the season and one the
Eagles biggest ever. I remember 2 directly. The last big comeback was back in 1993
that Eagles won 35-30 after trailing 21-0 against the New York Jets. The other was
back in 1991 with Jim McMahon doing the honors as the Birds fell behind the Browns
23-0 in Cleveland. The Eagles won that game 32-30. In this game, the Kansas City
Chiefs rolled out to a 17-0 and 24-6 lead with just 4:27 left in the second quarter.
The Chiefs centered their game plan on defense to stop Brian Westbrook. They held him
to only 48 combined yards. But the men in red forgot about #81. Terrell Owens caught
11 passes for 171 yards and 1 TD. Also, Eagles TE LJ Smith racked up another 67 yards
on 9 receptions and 1 TD.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
As Kansas City took that huge lead, they also outgained the Eagles 166-30. Priest
Holmes already had 60 yards and was on his way to a possible 200+ game. Everything
KC did, worked. It was the Eagles cornerback in Sheldon Brown who intercepted a Trent
Green pass and returned it for a 40-yard TD return to cut the lead to 17-6. But once
again, special teams failed to help as first the Chiefs blocked the extra point. Then
the dynamic kick returner in Dante Hall took the ensuing kickoff back 96 yards for a
TD and a 24-6 lead. It felt like Kansas City would keep scoring as the Eagles would
score just to keep up. With just 4 ½ minutes left in the half, McNabb took over the
game. At the same time the Eagles defense stiffened and refused to allow any more
points until the last minute of the game. After the Chiefs took a 17-0 lead, Brian
Dawkins had seen enough. He started screaming as he said, “I just told them, this is
not Eagles defense that we’re playing.” He continued, “Whatever you have to do for us
to turn this thing around, you do it and I said they weren’t going to score again.”
Well anyway, McNabb drove the team right back down the field on 5 plays and 50 yards
in just 1:14. This time, Todd France finally converted on the extra point. It was a
28-yard pass to Owens that cut the lead to 24-13. Then the Eagles stormed out of the
locker room to start the second half and scored 24 more straight points, which included
FG’s of 37 and 26 to give the Birds a 37-24 lead with just 3:22 left in the game. The
Eagles defense went into relax mode playing a soft zone defense allowing Trent Green to
drive the Chiefs on a bunch of quick short passes which eventually led to a 75-yard TD
drive. Dante Hall added his second TD of the game with a 15-yard pass from Green to cut
the Eagles lead to 37-31.
The Chiefs only had 1:24 left with no timeouts, so they attempted the onside kick. Reno
Mahe caught the bouncy ball in midair and ran it out of bounds. Three kneel downs and the
Eagles escaped Arrowhead Stadium with a well-earned victory. With all the injuries, McNabb
finished the game 33-for-48 with 369 yards, 3 touchdowns and only 1 INT. That’s three
straight games of over 300 yards passing through the air. McNabb also had a 103.6 QB rating.
Now the Eagles own the NFL’s #1 offense, while the defense ranks #9. This was a tough,
exciting game to watch. But the comeback made it all worth the while in perhaps the NFL’s
loudest stadium to play in. This Eagles team can never be considered out of any game unless
the score is 30-0. Next up are those Dallas Cowboys who lost 13-7 to the Oakland Raiders.
The Eagles can’t let up on the gas pedal and must get ready for the ‘Boys from Texas.