NFL Week #17
Monday December 29, 2008
Philadelphia Eagles free safety anf future NFL Hall of Famer sacks the Cowboys
QB Tony Romo and forces a fumble early in the third quarter. The fumble was
recovered by Eagles defensive end Chris Clemons and returned for a 73-yd TD.
Dawkins had one of his best games ever as he also had and interception, another
forced fumble, five solo tackles and numerous pas defended plays. He was the monster
of the Linc. Did I mention that he led the vocals on every Eagles TD celebration
with the singing of "Fly Eagles Fly" too.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
With the win, the Philadelphia Eagles are in the playoffs for the 21st time as a
franchise. They are also 13-5 against Dallas this decade. The Eagles became the
first team in NFL history with two fumble returns for 70 or more yards in the
same quarter. The last team with two in the same game was the Eagles 70 years
ago. On Sept. 25, 1938, in a 14-10 win over the Giants at Municiple Stadium in
Philadelphia. Bob Pylman had an 88-yd return in the second quarter and Joe Carter
had a 92-yarder in the fourth. Correll Buckhalter's 59-yd catch and run was the
longest of his career and longest by an Eagles back since Westbrook's 62-yarder
in 2005 against the Raiders. Donovan McNabb's 175 passing yards increased his
total to 3,916, breaking his own franchise record of 3,875 set in 2004. David Akers
three FG's (40, 50 and 41 yards) - gave him 33 this year, breaking the club record
of 30 he shared with Paul McFadden. He also finished with 144 points, 19th highest
in NFL history. DeSean Jackson's 46 receiving yards gave him 916 this year and broke
Keith Jackson's franchise rookie record of 869 set in 1988. Lastly, the Eagles finished
the season allowing just 23 sacks, second fewest ever in a 16-game season and fewest
since 1981. They allowed one sack per 26.3 pass attempts, by far their best figure
in franchise history.
Eagles Destroy The Cowboys 44-6, And |
Head Off To Minnesota To Start Playoffs.
How ‘bout dem COWBOYS!!! What an embarrassment!! I still can’t believe me eyes! Hey Dorothy,
are we in Kansas? Two games come right to mind after watching the Eagles beat the living crap
out of them pokes. First in 1995, there was the NFC Wild Card Playoff versus the Detroit Lions.
Who could forget Lomas Brown’s prediction and the way the Eagles took it to the Lion, beating
them 58-37. It was 38-7 at the half after a Hail Mary pass from Rodney Peete to Rob Carpenter.
Second was the 2004 regular season game against the Green Bay Packers. Poor Brett Favre and
those cheeseheads get toasted 47-17 (35-3 at half) at the Linc. And now this debacle! It did
not take long into the second half of the game to make it officially a knockout. Actually
just 3:37 into the third quarter as the Eagles DE Chris Clemons scooped up the fumble of
Tony Romo caused by future Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins. Clemons took the fumble and
rumbled down the field behind a convoy of blockers all the way to paydirt for a 73-yd TD
return. That made it 34-3. Just 3 minutes later, Joselio Hanson was doing his best Deion
Sanders’ funky dance routine. Dawkins again, stripped the ball from the arms of Cowboys
running back Marion Barber. 96 yards later, Philadelphia had a stranglehold on the last
playoff spot with a 41-3 lead. Akers added a 41-yard FG two minutes later and it soon
became a complete laughter at 44-3. In just over an 11-minute span of the game and 4
turnovers, the Eagles scored 34 points thanks to the sloppy handling of the ball by
Tony Romo and Marion Barber. Three fumbles and an INT and the Eagles went from just 7
up to 41 points ahead. Incredible!!!
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The Philadelphia Eagles put a licking to Dallas like they had never had in a real long
time. In fact, it was the largest margin of victory for the Birds ever over the Cowboys.
The previous worse game was way back in 1961. The Eagles dominated Dallas on offense, on
defense and on special teams. Just think back to week #2, Dallas scored 41 points on
Monday Night and looked for sure like they would be the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
In this game, the Cowboys were shut out of the end zone and managed just 2 FG’s. Those
two third quarter drives of 59 yards and then 85 yards only netted two things: 2 fumble
TD returns for the Eagles defense. So even if the Eagles offense was shut out, the
defense alone would of won this game, 14-6. But before this victory was possible, the
Eagles needed a small miracle. Thank you Oakland and Houston. Houston beat the Bears
31-24 and more importantly, the Raiders beat the Bucs 31-24 in Tampa. Oakland was down
24-14 at one point in the third quarter. Then this game between old rivals all the
sudden became a playoff game. A fight for the 6th and last spot in the playoffs in
the NFC. A play in game, which was basically over at half time, when the Eagles led 27-3.
The Philadelphia offense won the first half, while the entire Eagles defense totally
controlled the second and off to Minnesota we go. The Eagles first possession almost
led to disaster after Brian Westbrook fumbled the ball away after making a catch on a
short pass in Cowboys territory. The Eagles defense held the Cowboys and they were
forced to punt the ball back to Philly. Thanks to a nice 21-yd return by rookie sensation
DeSean Jackson, the offense was given good field position at their own 46. After two first
down runs by the tandem Buckhalter/Westbrook, the Eagles were forced into a FG attempt.
Akers was good on a 40-yd FG. Dallas then answered with their really only positive drive
of the game as QB Tony Romo engineered a nice 15-play, 61-yard drive. But thanks to a
great Eagles red zone defense, the Cowboys were eventually forced to settle for just a
FG to tie the game at 3-3. After that, it all fell apart for the Cowboys. Dallas managed
just 14 yards the rest of the half. Two 3-and-outs and a very costly INT by Sheldon Brown,
which was the first of the year for the cornerback was all that Romo and the offense,
could muster. The Eagles on the other hand had no problem on offense. First Correll
Buckhalter caught a short pass over the middle and he broke free through the porous
Dallas secondary and was finally tackled at the 3-yard line. He had gained 59 yards
on the play. The longest of his career. Buck had a nice game3 with 122 total yards
(63 yards on the ground). Even Donovan McNabb had a decent game, but only had to
complete 12-of-21 passes for 175 yards and 2 TD’s. He found Jackson on a nice 34-yd
pass down to the Cowboys 3-yard line. Then McNabb eventually found Buckhalter open
along the sidelines for a 4-yd TD pass and a 17-3 Eagles lead. Then just 47 seconds
later, Brown intercepted Romo on pass intended for Roy Williams. McNabb then ran the
2-minute offense to perfection. A great accurate soft pas to Brent Celek made it 24-3
with 15 seconds left in the half. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by Pacman Jones and
Akers made it 27-3 with his second FG.
The Eagles answered the bell in a big way this week and came up with plenty of upper
cuts and body blows to the Dallas Cowboys’ egos. Terrell Owens had a nice game with 6
receptions for 103 yards. Forty-two of those came on a trick play in the third quarter.
The play must have been drawn up in Romo’s hotel room? Two plays later though, it was
34-3 when Clemons recovered that first fumble. T.O. later said, we got off to a good
start after we tied the game, but then the wheels fell off. He did not have an
explanation to why. The Eagles were clearly the hungrier team and they proved it on
the field in a totally convincing way as they beat the Cowboys 44-6 in one of the most
lopsided victories in recent Eagles memories.
I only have one more thing to say as the
Eagles season ends again with another trip to the postseason,
HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!
Photos From The EAGLES Regular Season Game #16
Eagles' Quintin Mikell and Joselio Hanson combine to strip Terrell Owens of a catch
in the second quarter forcing 4th down.
Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter breaks free after catching a short pass to
gain 59 yards and setting up the first Eagles touchdown in the second quarter.
Eagles QB Donovan McNabb sneaks for a 1-yd touchdown on 3rd down giving Philadelphia
a 10-3 lead during the 2nd quarter.
Eagles RB Correll Buckahlater signals TD after catching a short
4-yd pass as the Cowboys Anthony Henry looks on.
Eagles CB Sheldon Brown celebrates his first INT of the season late
in the first half setting up yet another TD drive.
Eagles tight end Brent Celek hauls in a 1-yard touchdown catch late
in the second quarter extending the lead to 24-3.
David Akers, center, celebrates a 50-yard FG at the end of the 1st half with
teammates Jon Doenbos, left, and Sav Rocca.
Eagles DE Chris Clemons follows a convoy of teammates to the end zone
after scooping up a Tony Romo fumble caused by Brian Dawkins sack
during the 3rd quarter.
Chris Clemons jumps for joy with the Eagles Jason Avant after scoring
his first career NFL TD on a 73-yd fumble return early in the 3rd quarter.
Cowboys RB Marion Barber (24) fumbles the ball as he is hit by Brian Dawkins.
The Eagles Joselio Hanson recovers the ball and returned it for a 96-yd TD
during the third quarter.
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo walks to the huddle late in the 4th quarter.
Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens watches the game late in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb celebrates after the Eagles defeated
the Dallas Cowboys 44-6.