NFL Week #11
Monday November 20, 2006
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb holds his injured right knee as
he is carted from the field against the Tennessee Titans after the second play
of the second quarter. It was later revealed that he suffered an ACL
and will be out for 8-12 months.
Eagles quarterback Jeff Garcia throws against the Tennessee Titans in the third
quarter Sunday. Garcia was 26-for-48 for 189 yards and one touchdown after replacing
Donovan McNabb who was injured in the second quarter.
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Stats Of The Week
Pacman Jones' 90-yard punt return matched the longest ever against the Eagles. The Redskins
Jacquez Green also had a 90-yarder against them on Sept. 16, 2002. Chris Henry's runs of
43 and 70 yards are two of his longest runs in his seven-year career and the two longest
runs for the Titans this season. They were also two of the longest three runs against the Eagles
in the last 44 games. Henry's 70-yarder was the longest against the Eagles since Tiki Barber's
72-yarder on opening day of 2004 and the Titan's longest run in their last 130 games. That was
when Steve McNair had a 72-yd TD run against Tampa Bay on Nov. 8, 1998. Brian Westbrook ran 22
times for 102 yards, becoming the first Eagle with consecutive 100-yard rushing games since
Oct. 20 and Oct. 28 of 2002, when Duce Staley ran for 152 yards against the Bucs and 126 yards
against the Giants. Westbrook also had 12 catches matching the second-most in Eagles history
and were the most since Keith Byers had 12 receptions against the Colts on Sept. 30, 1990.
Garcia's 48 pass attempts were his most since he threw 51 for the 49ers against the Eagles on
Nov. 25, 2002. Lastly, Garcia and McNabb combined for 61 pass attempts, second-most in Eagles
franchise history. On Oct 2, 1989, Randall Cunningham threw 62 times in a 27-13 loss to the Bears
at Soldier Field.
Eagles Lose McNabb & Game To The |
New Vince Young-led Titans, 31-13.
The Philadelphia Eagles, who started out of the gate of this 2006 season, saw their lights
turned out when Donovan McNabb tore up his ACL in an embarrassing 31-13 loss to the Tennessee
Titans. McNabb and his backup in Jeff Garcia are not at fault in this terrible display of
Eagles’ football. Now the defense, which somehow forgot how to tackle people and the entire
receiving corps, including the running backs and tight ends all somehow caught the dreaded
disease in football know as “dropsytheballitis”. Back to the QB’s; Donovan McNabb’s first
quarter saw the QB complete 6-of-13 passes for 78 yards. Tennessee began the game with a
6-play, 71-yard TD drive that only took 3:35. Rookie QB Vince Young hooked up with Ben
Troupe for a 14-yard TD pass to give the Titans an early 7-0 lead. It was a 43-yard run
by backup running back Chris Henry that setup the Titans’ first score. But it was sloppy
tackling that allowed such a huge play from the start. Just the game’s 4th play from
scrimmage and you could see that the Eagles were in for a very long day. The Eagles’
first possession ended with a punt, but a fumble by Drew Bennett at the Tennessee 12-yard
gave the ball right back to Philadelphia in prime shape to tie the game. The Eagles moved
the ball to the 3-yard line and setting up a first-and-goal situation. On third down,
McNabb rolled out to his left on a play the Eagles had run a thousand times, only to see
his pass severely under thrown. The pass ended up in the arms of linebacker Stephen Bullock
for an INT and a Titans touchback.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
Tennessee regained possession of the ball again, but the Eagles defense held and forced a
Titans punt. This time, McNabb drove the team quickly 47 yards on 5 plays. The key play was
a 40-yard pass to Donté Stallworth. Of course, the offense sputtered and Akers was forced
to convert on a 42-yard FG. That made it 7-3. The Eagles defense again held Tennessee and
then on the second play of the second quarter, fate once again struck down the Eagles.
Donovan McNabb was flushed from the pocket and tried to escape to the sidelines to his right.
He was pushed slightly as he was going out of bounds. It looked innocent enough, except that
McNabb could not get up. A few minutes later, the cart took him away. And later, Andy Reid
delivered the bad news, “All right, Donovan McNabb. He has an ACL tear. That’s an
8-months-to-a-year injury, so he’s done for the year.” The Eagles appeared to be done too,
though the standings don’t show that. With games at Indy, home against Carolina and then
3-straight road games, all against NFC East opponents, it will take quite a miracle to
just make the playoffs. Without the team’s commander, this Eagles ship has sunk just
like the Titanic. Jeff Garcia made the score 7-6 with a nice 9-play, 48-yard FG drive,
but the defense allowed the Titans to drive straight back down the field. The drive stalled
forcing Tennessee to settle for a FG themselves, making the score 10-6 in favor of Tennessee
at the half.
Maybe we should just forget about the second half, as it only got worse. On a comedy of errant
plays, missed tackles and fumbles, Tennessee won going away, 31-13. First after the Eagles
first possession of the third quarter, Chris Henry took the Titans first play from scrimmage
from his own 30-yard line and ran it back for an improbable 70-yard touchdown. Both Darwin
Walker and Mike Patterson were blown off the line and Trotter overran the play entirely. Add
another 3-4 missed tackles and Tennessee had a 17-6 lead. Then just 3 ½ minutes later, Pacman
Jones returned a punt for a 90-yard TD return. On this play, at least 6 Eagle players had a
chance to tackle Jones and failed. Just look at these 3 plays, the 70-yd TD run by Henry,
the 40-yd run by Henry earlier in the first quarter and, all followed by the 90-yd punt return
and you have 21 ultra-quick points. If the defense could have tackled somebody on these plays,
perhaps the score would have been 6-3 in favor of the Eagles instead of 24-6 in favor of the
Titans. Jeff Garcia is a very good backup quarterback as he completed 26 of 48 passes (54.2%)
with 1 TD and no INT’s. His QB rating was 70.6. Not bad for a QB coming in cold. Vince Young
only completed 8-of-22 passes (36.4%) for a measly 101 yards, yet Tennessee won going away.
Photos From The EAGLES Regular Season Game #10
Titans quarterback Vince Young runs up the middle for an 11-yard gain
against Eagles linebacker Shawn Barber (56) in the second quarter.
At right is Titans tackle Michael Roos.
Tennessee Titans defenders join to stop Eagles running back Brian Westbrook
for a 1-yard gain in the second quarter.
Titans receiver Bobby Wade (19) gains 18 yards on a pass play against
Eagles safety Michael Lewis (32) in the second quarter.
Titans' Adam "Pacman" Jones runs by Eagles' Joselio Hanson
en route to returning a punt 90 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, center, with head down, walks the sidelines
late in the fourth quarter of a 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
With Donovan McNabb forced out of the game by a knee injury, the Eagles were no
match for the lowly Titans.