The Birds opening drive was executed near perfection. Every play turned into positive yards, and the Eagles quickly marched down the field. The drive was capped off with an 18 yard touch down reception to Brian Westbrook.
This would be the Iggles only trip the to end zone.
For the rest of the game the Eagles offense sputtered. Dumb penalties, poor throws, and mistakes stalled the offense the rest of the way. The receivers did not get open on key third downs, and two field goals is all the Birds could manage to get.
The Giants were not great either, but they did make a few big plays. Eli Manning hit Plaxico Burress(hate him) on a slant, and he was able to take it to the house for a score.
Another big play was Rueben Droughns running into the open field, and seemingly was going to score. He would have, if not for an amazing touch down saving tackle made by Brian Dawkins. This play lead to a great Eagles goal line stand, and saved the Eagles four points.
Trent Cole had a huge game against the G-Men, notching 2 more sacks. That gives him 11.5 sacks on the year. Cole seems to be one of the few defenders who is consistently making plays this season. The rest of the defense has been mediocre.
With the Giants winning 16-13, the Eagles needed to score late. After a few first downs, the Eagles were faced with a 4th, and 6. McNabb tried to hit his receiver over the middle, but the play was broken up(blatant pass interference not called).
This put the Birds in desperation mode. Three Brandon Jacobs runs, and two Eagles timeouts late, the Eagles had one last chance. Brian Westbrook went back for the punt, but was only able to return it 8 yards. No miracle return like last week.
There was 53 ticks left, no timeouts, and the Eagles were one field goal away from tyeing the game.
Donovan was able to hit Reggie Brown for 19 yards, then Greg Lewis for 18 more, and finally Brown again for 13. This setup David Akers for a 57 yard field goal try with time winding down.
The kick was long enough, but curved too far right, and bounced off the right goal post. Akers fell to the ground disappointed, and the game was over. The Iggles playoff chances were also over.
It was a tough, heartbreaking loss, and everybody seems to be dejected. Fans, players, and even coaches seem to be down about this. I guess the silver lining is the Giants didn’t sack McNabb 12 times(they had 3).
Any good mock drafts out yet?