PHILADELPHIA -- During a span of 49 seconds late in the third quarter, the Broncos somehow turned this into a close game. For much of the afternoon, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and the offense raced up and down the field. But a huge special teams play by the Broncos' Darrell Reid gave Denver an opportunity to trim the Eagles' lead to 27-24.
The Broncos eventually tied the score with a 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and they began to harass McNabb into sacks and poor throws. The Eagles got one more crack at it in the final two minutes and rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin came up with the biggest catch of his young career. He somehow kept his feet in bounds while hauling in a 27-yard throw from McNabb. It was immediately ruled an incompletion, but a booth review overturned the call.
The Eagles improved to 11-4 on the season and they will play the Cowboys for the right to host a first-round playoff game -- as long as Dallas defeats the Redskins on Sunday night. It also keeps the Eagles' slim hopes of earning the No. 2 seed and a bye.
The Eagles jumped out to a 20-7 halftime lead on the strength of tight end Brent Celek's four catches for 121 yards, including a career-long 47-yard touchdown. McNabb threw for 322 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His throw to Maclin was obviously the biggest of the game.