Well, the Eagles certainly made this one more interesting than it needed to be. After a dominating first half, the Birds decided to take the third quarter off and allow the Niners to climb back into what should have been a blowout.
Regardless, the Eagles are in the playoffs for the 8th time in eleven years. Congrats to them! The NFC East crown is still up for grabs and could be decided during the week 17 showdown in Dallas. That would be fun.
Once again, DeSean Jackson was the star of the show. His six catches for 140 yards and a touchdown put him over 1000 yards on the season. It could have been more if McNabb had been able to hit him on another deep bomb.
Speaking of Don, he had a very poor game by his standards, throwing two ill-advised interceptions and chucking a few other errant tosses. But he still went over 300 yards, which was more than enough to seal the deal. The offensive line played perhaps their best game so far by stifling the pass rush and opening holes for both Weaver and Shady.
The defense bounced back nicely after last week’s debacle. They forced four turnovers and harassed Alex Smith most of the game. However, Frank Gore – who is really good – became the first running back to eclipse 100 yards against the defense since Brandon Jacobs last November.
Next up is Brian Dawkins’ long awaited return to Philly. Should make for a drama filled week of fond memories and back-and-forth compliments. I’ll be back later with a more detailed wrap of today’s proceedings. Hint – it won’t be entirely flattering.