Final

Eagles 37

(3-1, 1-1 away)

Chiefs 31

(2-2, 1-1 home)

4:15 PM ET, October 2, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 0 13 11 1337
KC 10 14 0 731

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 369 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Holmes (KC) - 18 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Owens (PHI) - 11 REC, 171 YDS, 1 TD

McNabb plays through pain, puts hurt on Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- By the look of things, all those aches and pains were getting to Donovan McNabb. Philadelphia's first three drives yielded two punts and a blocked field goal, and the Eagles were suddenly down 17-0 in the second quarter at Kansas City.

It was over when ...
the Eagles, kicking off after taking a 27-24 lead, recovered Dante Hall's fumble at the Chiefs 25-yard-line. Six plays later the Eagles scored another touchdown to make it 34-24. That gave the Eagles 10 points in 2:46, turning the snowballing Philly comeback into an avalanche.
Game ball goes to ...
Donovan McNabb. Playing with a multitude of injuries, he completed 33 of 48 passes for 369 yards and three TDs.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen The Chiefs started this game well by attacking the outside of the field and placing the ball in some good spots, but as the game progressed the Eagles defense made some stands that prohibited the Chiefs from gaining any more momentum. At that point the Eagles' playmakers came out and started doing what they do best, which is take advantage of mismatches. Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook and Donovan McNabb took what the Chiefs defense gave them and won this game.
-- Eric Allen

Turns out McNabb is as good leading a comeback as he is at enduring pain.

In rallying the Eagles to a 37-31 victory over the crestfallen Chiefs, neither a painful sports hernia nor a determined Kansas City defense could stop McNabb from doing something Sunday that no other Philadelphia quarterback had before: pass for more than 300 yards in three straight games.

The Eagles (3-1) scored 31 straight points against the same defense that had nearly shut out the New York Jets a few weeks earlier on the same field.

McNabb, who was also playing with a chest bruise and a sore shin, completed 33 of 48 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.

"I was just doing whatever I had to help my team win," said McNabb, who was diagnosed last week with a painful strain in the lower abdomen known as a sports hernia.

"Nothing is easy in this game especially when your body is in a position where you feel like can't do what you're used to doing," he said.

Terrell Owens fueled the comeback by consistently getting open and making 11 catches for 171 yards and a TD.

The Chiefs (2-2) closed to within six points with 1:24 left on Trent Green's 15-yard TD pass to Hall, but the Eagles recovered the onside kick.

"He didn't look like he was hurting one bit," said Chiefs defensive lineman Lionel Dalton. "He looked like the normal McNabb, one of the greatest quarterbacks in this league."

McNabb took a few pretty good whacks but nothing slowed him down.

"It felt like I tweaked it a little," he said. "Nothing major. This is just something I have to get used to. My body's reacting differently."

The Chiefs (2-2) took a 24-6 lead with 4:27 left when Dante Hall went 96 yards with a kickoff return following Sheldon Brown's 40-yard return of an interception of Trent Green.

Then Owens and McNabb awakened the defending NFC champs. After Sam Rayburn recovered a Larry Johnson fumble on the 50, McNabb hit Owens for 28 yards and then capped the quick drive with a 7-yard TD pass to the Eagles' top receiver.

"It was like they got all the momentum right there," said Chiefs guard Brian Waters. "But we just made too many mistakes, too many turnovers."

Todd France, whose first NFL field goal attempt was blocked, made good on a 44-yarder to bring the Eagles to within 24-16.

Then McNabb hit Owens twice for a total of 58 yards in a 4-play, 60-yard drive capped by Mike Bartrum's 3-yard TD catch.

A 2-point conversion pass to Brian Westbrook tied it 24-all with 1:54 left in the third and hushed the sellout crowd that had become almost deafening a few minutes before.

France put the Eagles ahead 27-24 with a 37-yarder in the fourth quarter. Then Hall fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and McNabb needed just six plays to cover 25 yards, hitting L.J. Smith with a 1-yard TD toss after Smith made a circus catch of a tipped ball on third and seven.

France added a 26-yard field goal with 3:22 to go.

"We couldn't knock McNabb down even though we hit him," said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "What a great football player!"

Trent Green completed his first eight passes and Priest Holmes scored on a 7-yard run on Kansas City's opening possession. The next time the Chiefs got the ball, Green hit Eddie Kennison perfectly in stride for a 49-yard gain that set up Lawrence Tynes' 38-yarder.

The next sequence is one that Philadelphia's Roderick Hood would like to forget. First, he fumbled during the kickoff return and Chris Griffin recovered for Kansas City on the 27.

Six plays later, Kennison beat Hood in the end zone on an 8-yard touchdown pass.

Hall, who electrified the NFL in 2003 by returning kicks for touchdowns in four consecutive games, tied the NFL record with six kickoff returns for touchdowns.

But it's McNabb that everybody went home talking about.

"He's unbelievable, man," said Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain. "The second half, they got on a roll and it was like they were doing anything they wanted."

Game notes


Eagles DE Jevon Kearse, held without a sack for the first three games of the season, picked up his first with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter. ... Brown's two-interception game was the first of his career. ... The scoreboards and play clocks at Arrowhead Stadium went out for much of the second quarter. ... Chiefs rookie Dustin Colquitt got off a 62-yard punt in the third quarter, his longest of the year. ... Hicks has both of Kansas City's blocked field goals this season. ... Holmes became Kansas City's career leader in attempts from scrimmage (rushes and receptions), with 1,466. Eagles defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis re-tore his Achilles' tendon.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
KC
1st Downs2519
Passing 1st downs
2210
Rushing 1st downs
29
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
3-115-10
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6660
Total Yards396353
Yards per play6.05.9
Total Drives1111
Passing368209
Comp-Att
33-4819-30
Yards per pass
7.56.3
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-13-12
Rushing28144
Rushing Attempts
1727
Yards per rush
1.65.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-4
Penalties3-256-40
Turnovers24
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession30:5729:03

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb33/483697.7311-1
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green19/302217.4223-12

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook9151.707
Gordon4143.508
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes18844.7116
Johnson7344.9021

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens1117115.5130
Smith9677.4119
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kennison710915.6149
Hall44511.3122

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHIKC
kcTD10:03Priest Holmes, 3 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 4:51
07
kcFG2:46Lawrence Tynes 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 103 yds, 7:37
010
SECOND QUARTERPHIKC
kcTD14:08Eddie Kennison, 8 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 103 yds, 7:37
017
kcTD4:47Sheldon Brown, 40 yd interception return
Drive info: 5 plays, 7 yds, 1:54
617
kcTD4:41Touchdown (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 7 yds, 1:54
618
phiTD1:18Terrell Owens, 7 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (Todd France kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 50 yds, 1:22
1324
THIRD QUARTERPHIKC
phiFG12:23Todd France 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 26 yds, 2:32
1624
phiTD2:00Mike Bartrum, 3 yd pass from Donovan McNabb( for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 4 plays, 60 yds, 1:35
2424
FOURTH QUARTERPHIKC
phiFG11:47Todd France 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 96 yds, 8:34
2724
phiTD9:01L.J. Smith, 1 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (Todd France kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 96 yds, 8:34
3424
phiFG3:31Todd France 18 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 33 yds, 3:39
3724
kcTD1:33Dante Hall, 15 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yds, 1:44
3731