Brian Westbrook #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by teammates after
scoring on a 57 yard pass play against the Washington Redskins giving the Eagles
a 26-25 lead late in the fourth quarter. After the Eagles forced a fumble of
Redskins QB Jason Campbell on fourth down, Westbrook would score his 3rd TD of
the afternoon on a 10-yard draw up the middle. Philadelphia won the game 33-25.
Westbrook finsihed the game with 183 total yards.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
This was the Eagles first victory after trailing by two possessions in the
fourth quarter since 7 years ago today, when they overcame a fourth quarter
deficit of 23-13 to beat the Steelers 26-23 in OT at Three Rivers Stadium.
James Thrash's second quarter TD catch was his 2nd in 53 games since leaving
the Eagles after the 2003 season. It was also the first TD by a Redskins'
WR since Santana Moss had a 48-yarder against the Giants last Dec. 30. Thrash
had more yards in the first half (78) than in his previous 16 games combined (74).
The Eagles are 3-0 this year when Westbrook rushes for 100 yards and 1-5 when
he doesn't. Westbrook's 183 total yards gave him 7,107 and moved him past Timmy
Brown (7,049) and into third place in Eagles history. The Eagles are 10-0
when McNabb throws four or more TD passes, 34-2 when he has a passer rating higher
than 100.0 and 12-1 when he completes 70% of his passes. Lastly, Westbrook's
57-yard TD catch was the longest by an Eagles running back since Heath Sherman's
75-yarder from Randall Cunningham against the Packers at County Stadium in
Milwaukee in 1992.
Westbrook Scores Three Touchdowns |
In Late-Game Comeback Win, 33-25
After getting smoked last week by Dallas, you’d thought the Eagles were going down to Washington to
lose. It was in the cards. Everyone in Philly had just about given the Eagles up for dead. In fact,
it was 12-7 at the half, but should have been 14-7 and already seemed hopeless. The Redskins did miss
two extra points. Then Washington later held a 22-13 lead with just 12:36 left in the game. Then a
funny thing happened. The Eagles offense woke up and scored 20 points to win 33-25. That fourth
quarter by Donovan McNabb may have just saved the season and his career with the Eagles. He finished
the game 20-of-28 for 251 passing yards and 4 TD’s. But in the end, Brian Westbrook, who put the
Eagles ahead for good with two touchdowns in the last 3 minutes, provided most of the magic. The
Eagles improved to 4-5, while the Redskins fell to 5-4. Philadelphia is still in last place, but
host the winless Miami Dolphins next week and so should reach the .500 on Sunday.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and marched straight down the field and took the early 7-0
lead just 6:44 left in the first quarter. The Eagles TD drive took 8:16 off the clock, that’s
over half the quarter on 11 plays. Two penalties helped the drive gain momentum to start and
then some runs mixed with a few passes to Brian Westbrook did the rest. On play 11, Westbrook
caught a 4-yd pass from McNabb for the TD. Then the Philadelphia offense disappeared till the
end of the third quarter. In the meantime, the Redskins moved the ball up and down the field.
Washington entered the game without a single TD catch by a wide receiver this season until the
second quarter. It was ex-Eagle James Thrash, who caught two TD passes before the half and also
had 78 passing yards receiving. Thrash then got hurt just before the half, but the Redskins
still held a 12-7 lead. After halftime, Washington added a FG to make it 15-7. Later in the
third quarter, McNabb led the troops back a little with a 12-play, 70-yard drive, which ended
with an 8-yard pass to LJ Smith for the TD. Smith had a decent game for once; he had 4 catches
with 49 yards and the one TD catch.
With the score 15-13, the Redskins decided to run the no-huddle offense and drove the field.
Redskins QB Jason Campbell had a good game himself, completing 23 of 34 passes for 215 yards.
But he also had 3 TD passes. The third TD was to the old veteran Keenan McCardell for a 6-yd
catch and that gave the Redskins a 22-13 lead. Donovan McNabb then found Reggie Brown on a deep
pass. Brown made a great adjustment to catch the ball and easily scored the TD. The play went
officially for 45 yards and cut the lead down to 22-20. On the Redskins next possession, Ladell
Betts fumbled the ball away after the Redskins had moved the ball into Eagles territory. But one
play later, McNabb was sacked and he too fumbled the ball. The Redskins had the ball at the Eagles
24-yd line. Three plays later, it was 1st-and-goal at the 7. The Eagles defense came up big and
appeared to have stopped them on third down. A defensive holding penalty gave Washington a first
down at the three. With time running out, Joe Gibbs ran Clinton Portis twice forcing Andy Reid to
call time on both plays. After a Redskins’ false start on third down, the Eagles finally put an
end to the Redskins TD drive, forcing a FG. Washington held a 25-20 lead with 4:15 left in the game.
The Philadelphia goal line stand was bigger than one would think. It kept the season alive. On
that third down play, everyone thought Campbell would throw the ball into the endzone. They tried
the draw play to Portis, who had already rushed for 137 yards on 29 carries. Eagles linebacker
Takeo Spikes read carry number 30 and he tackled the running back at the 3-yard line, forcing
fourth down. That tackle setup the game for the Eagles to come back and win. Lightning struck
the Redskins as Brian Westbrook caught a short screen pass and he ran it for paydirt. Westbrook
was magnificent, cutting left, cutting back right following his blockers all the way for a
57-yards and a 26-25 lead. Thunder also struck on that play as Jon Runyan found Cornelius
Griffin and knocked him into tomorrow. Westbrook would add another TD after the Eagles defense
came up big when Juqua Thomas sacked Jason Campbell causing him to fumble, which was recovered
by Trent Cole. Westbrook’s 10-td TD run on the very next play sealed the Eagles victory at 33-25.