January 7th, 2007: Brian Westbrook and David Akers help the Eagles break the jinx.
We all remember it well, but if we were asked to detail the events of the January 7th, 2007 playoff victory, we would all describe it differently. Here’s what we would all say.
The first Eagles playoff victory over the New York Giants came exactly six years after their second defeat. It was a roller-coaster ride, but in the end, the right team won. The victory was most certainly sweet.
Running back Brian Westbrook was a key cog in the offense’s success and the Eagles’ win as he registered 149 yards rushing and one touchdown. As was the case in the previous postseason clashes, Philly found itself in an early 7-0 early, but history would not repeat itself here on this evening.
The Birds scored 17 points second-quarter points en route to a 17-10 halftime advantage. Westbrook’s blazing 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter got the party going. Jeff Garcia found Donte’ Stallworth for a 28-yard touchdown connection in the final minute of the first half.
David Akers connected on his second field goal of the day. That pushed the lead to ten points. In many instances, that would ensure victory, but come on. This is the Eagles/Giants rivalry. There has to be drama. It’s a rule.
New York scored ten points in the fourth quarter to even the score at 20 with 5:08 remaining. A clock-devouring drive to set up a field goal attempt with three seconds remaining gave way to an iconic Eagles moment, a walk-off David Akers 38-yard conversion as time expired. That FINALLY gave Philadelphia its first win over New York in the playoffs and sent the G-Men home unhappy. How sweet it is!