NFL Week #14
Monday December 8, 2008
Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook celebrates his second rushing
touchdown against the Giants. Westbrook was the workhorse, gaining 131
yards on 33 carries and catching six passes for 72 yards.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
Westbrook had 131 rushing yards on 33 carries, the most attempts by an Eagle
since Heath Sherman carried 35 times against the Buccaneers in 1991. The Eagles
finished with 41 rushes for 144 yards against the NFL's #3 defense. This is the
first time in 14 years the Eagles have had 40 or more running plays in consecutive
games. the last time it happened was 1994, when they had 41 and 44 in wins over
the 49ers and Redskins. On his 40-yd TD catch in the 4th quarter, Westbrook
became the all-time Eagles scrimmage leader with 9,051 yards, surpassing Harold
Carmichael's 9,042. David Akers 51-yd FG broke a streak of 9 straight misses
from 45 yards out. His next two FG's were blocked, ending a streak of 15
straight, second longest in team history. Lastly, this is the first time
since 1990 the Eagles have lost the first Giants game and won the rematch.
Eagles Dominate The Giants In Every |
Aspect Led By Westbrook, Win 20-14.
The Philadelphia Eagles are now perhaps the hottest team in the NFC, Are they also the
most dangerous too? How about this scenario? Eagles win out, they will officially qualify
for the playoffs for the that last wild card spot if either Tampa or Atlanta also loses
two of the last 3 games. They will probably play at Arizona the first week in January.
They already beat the cards by 28 points. Next up, those New York Giants. Just as the
Giants beat Dallas last season, can the Eagles make the playoffs and if they advance to
the Divisional round, beat the team that is a favorite to get to the Super Bowl. I know
the men in blue don’t want that to happen. They’d rather play Tampa or Atlanta in their
first playoff game, not those very familiar Philadelphia Eagles. The best team may not
have won this Sunday, but the team playing the best did. And boy did the Eagles ever
dominate those Giants. Take away those meaningless 70 yards and that last TD drive in
the last minute of the game and the Eagles would of outgained New York 331-141 and would
won by a score of 20-7. Take away those blocked FG’s, and the Birds would of won 26-0!!!
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
Essentially, the Philadelphia defense pitched a shutout of the Giants. One lucky special
teams TD and one free TD by the team just allowing the Giants offense to finish off the
clock and it would have been more realistic of what the final score showed. The first
quarter was a draw. Each team had three possessions and neither team did much except punt.
Even early on Brian Westbrook did not do much. Looked like it would end up being one of
those infamous 10-6 games that these two teams are known to play at times, especially
here in Giants Stadium. Westbrook gained just 7 yards on his first 6 carries. Then Donovan
McNabb connected with Kevin Curtis for a 32-yard reception. After that great catch by Curtis,
it was three straight plays for losses and the Eagles had 4th-and-13 from the Giants 33-yard
line. Akers booted a 51-yd FG straight down the middle of the uprights. That’s right. David
Akers field of horrors was finally vanquished after the wily old veteran was successful on
his first ever 50+ FG in Giants Stadium. That was with the wind’s help. It was his first FG
over 45 yards in 9 attempts. Then to start the second quarter, the Giants marched right down
the field, but the Eagles defense finally forced the Giants offense to bog down and they
were forced into a 47-yd FG attempt for John Carney. Trent Cole blocked the field goal.
That was just the beginning to what was to come.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Eagles finally started to move the ball consistently
for the first time in the game. They were even successful on converting third downs into first
downs. The first was a 3rd-and-7 from their own 26 and McNabb found an open Kevin Curtis for
a 10-yd gain. Then on 3rd-and-9 from the 48, he found LJ Smith open along the left sidelines.
He gained 10 yards before being forced out-of-bounds. Two plays later, Westbrook broke through
the middle of the Giants defense and raced all the way to the end zone for a 30-yard TD run.
The Giants did answer with a few first downs, but the Eagles defense eventually forced Eli
Manning to throw an interception on 4th down. Eagles got the ball back on their own 42-yard
line with just 1:02 left in the half. They moved right down the field and were poised to
take a 13-0 lead with Akers lining up for a short 32-yd FG. Justin Tuck blocked it and the
Giants Kevin Dockery picked it up and ran it back to the house and the home crowd exploded
into cheers for the only time in this game. A 13-0 lead, turned into another nightmarish
small 10-7 as the 71-yd TD return put the Giants on the scoreboards and back into the game.
It was a near disaster.
Coming out of the second half, the Eagles got the ball and with momentum on New York’s side
as was the wind, the Eagles offense responded by driving the field again. With 7:38 off the
clock with mostly runs by Brian Westbrook, the Eagles were poised to increase their lead to
13-7. Nope, it was blocked again. This time Terrell Thomas tipped the 34-yd FG attempt. The
ball still almost made it through the uprights, but the strong winds blew straight into the
ground just a few yards short. Two possessions and the score should have been 16-0, but it
remained 10-7. The wind did not help the Giants offense as the Eagles defense tightened their
grips even more holding them to virtually zero yardage in the second half. As a team that
generally rolls up 200+ rushing yards on Philadelphia as they had in early November, the
Giants managed just 88 total rushing yards. The Eagles had 144 yards rushing. Westbrook
was responsible for 131 of them by himself. For good measure, he also caught 6 passes for
72 yards. He topped off his day with a 40-yard TD catch and run as a helpless Antonio Pierce
tried in vain to catch the fast back but to no avail. The Eagles took it to the Giants, but
the Giants still had one more hope with a 4th-and-1 at the Eagles 38-yd line with 9:35 left
in the game. Trent Cole and Darren Howard forced Eli to throw the ball into the ground and
that was it. McNabb played another mistake-free game with a QB rating of 92.5. He completed
19-of-30 passes for 191 yards and 1 TD. And as in the first game, the Eagles QB was sack-free.
He even ran for three first downs on 5 carries for 20 yards. He was flawless and so were the
Eagles as a team. And now they have something to play for, THE PLAYOFFS!!
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Photos From The EAGLES Regular Season Game #13
Giants saftey Michael Johnson tries to tackle Eagles wideout Kevin Curtis on
a long, 32-yd pass reception. The play set up the first field goal, a 51-yarder
for David Akers in the 1st quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (36) runs for a
touchdown as the New York Giants give chase during the second quarter.
The Eagles beat the Giants 20-14 as Westbrook gained 203 total yards
and had 2 TD's.
N.Y. Giants cornerback Kevin Dockery breaks away from Todd Herremans during his
71 yard touchdown run following a blocked David Akers kick in the closing seconds
of the first half.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb breaks away from the Giants
Mathias Kiwanuka ashe runs for 1 yards and a first down in the third quarter.
Eagles RB Brian Westbrook runs away from the Giants LB Antonio Pierce to
score a TD on a 40-yard pass play during the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles' Brian Westbrook (36) celebrates with L. J. Smith and DeSean
Jackson, right, after Westbrook scored his 2nd TD of the game during the fourth quarter.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws an incomplete pass on a fourth down
play as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Trent Cole (58) and
defensive end Darren Howard during the fourth quarter.