Raiders 20

(5-1, 3-1 away)

Eagles 10

(3-3, 1-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, October 28, 2001


1 2 3 4 T
OAK 7 3 7 320
PHI 0 3 0 710

Oakland eats up clock, holds Eagles to 11 first downs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders shut down Donovan McNabb and the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Donovan McNabb

The Raiders defense smothers Donovan McNabb and didn't allow the Eagles QB to throw a TD pass Sunday.

How dominating was Oakland's defense? Philadelphia didn't convert on third down until the last five minutes and totaled 195 yards. McNabb's touchdown-tossing streak ended at nine games.

Oakland held the Eagles to only 11 first downs, and Charlie Garner ran for 77 yards and one touchdown en route to a 20-10 victory Sunday.

The Raiders (5-1) gained 354 yards and held the ball for an amazing 40:09.

For the second straight week, the Eagles couldn't generate any offense. Unlike in a one-point victory over the Giants last Monday, though, McNabb couldn't pull this one out with a late comeback.

"We played team defense. You can't say you are going to keep Donovan McNabb from doing anything," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "They have a diverse offense. We wanted to be disciplined in our rush angles and limit his big plays."

Are the Raiders the best team in the NFL right now?
I think so. The Raiders are certainly the most physical team in the league. The Raiders outhit the Eagles and beat the Eagles at their own game.

Oakland dominated from start to finish, gaining 348 total yards to Philly's 176. The Eagles were just 1-of-11 on third down conversions. The Raiders are the best team by far right now, because they're so physical. NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

The Eagles (3-3) had just 215 total yards and 13 first downs against New York, but drove 40 yards for the game-winning score in the final minutes.

Oakland's defense was even more impressive, holding Philadelphia to 0-for-10 on third downs. The Eagles didn't convert until there was 4:46 left in the game.

McNabb was just 12-of-27 for 133 yards, ran for 30 yards and was sacked four times. Oakland's Rich Gannon was 17-of-26 for 158 yards, and was sacked just once.

"He's Houdini," Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell said of McNabb. "He slipped in and out of us all game. He did everything he can, but we contained him. One thing we learned watching the Monday night game is no matter what, they won't quit until the game is over. Watching that game, it looked like the Giants had it won and then they come back and score at the end."

Garner, who played for Philadelphia for four seasons, gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. The run capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took 7:33.

Sebastian Janikowski's 44-yard field goal with 1:14 left in the first half made it 10-0.

But the Eagles finally moved the ball on the ensuing drive, getting consecutive first downs before McNabb overthrew Duce Staley on third-and-1. David Akers kicked a 34-yard field goal to make it 10-3.

Philadelphia then tried a no-huddle offense on its first possession of the third quarter, but still couldn't get a first down. Todd Pinkston dropped a pass on third-and-6 that would have been enough for a first down.

Oakland took complete control when Zack Crockett ran in from the 1 to make it 17-3 midway through the third quarter. The Raiders drove 63 yards on six plays, getting 54 yards on two big ones -- a 32-yard catch by Jerry Rice and a 22-yard run by Garner.

The Eagles stopped Oakland on third down at the 2, but a holding call on cornerback Troy Vincent gave the Raiders a first down. Crockett scored on the next play.

A 32-yard field goal by Janikowski made it 20-3 early in the fourth quarter.

"They are a very good team," Gannon said. "We caught these guys coming off a big, tough win at New York, in a short week and we were fresh off a bye."

Philadelphia finally scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by Staley with 2:28 left.

"We played non-emotional football and that's something we have to learn from," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "It's important to be emotionally ready for every game.

"We need to play smarter football, starting on the sideline with me. We had too many dropped passes. There were just too many mistakes."

Game notes
Gruden was the Eagles' offensive coordinator from 1995-97. ... The Raiders have won 10 straight against the NFC. ... Gannon has been sacked just nine times. ... Rice has caught a pass in 231 straight games. ... Tim Brown has caught at least two passes in 130 straight games.

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Scoring Summary

phiFG0:31David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yds, 0:37
oakTD7:32Zack Crockett, 1 yd run
Drive info: 6 plays, 63 yds, 3:22
phiTD2:40Duce Staley, 3 yd run
Drive info: 7 plays, 60 yds, 3:49
Drive info: 6 plays, 63 yds, 3:22
oakFG14:16Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 51 yds, 13:29
Drive info: 7 plays, 60 yds, 3:49
oakFG1:18Sebastian Janikowski 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 27 yds, 4:13
oakTD0:32Charlie Garner, 2 yd run
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 10:03
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 10:03