4:15 PM ET, December 17, 2006
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Jeff Garcia's fiery temper could easily have cost the Eagles the season.His subsequent play Sunday has Philadelphia somewhere no one expected -- on the verge of a playoff berth and possibly the NFC East title.
The real hero of this game was the Eagles defense. Free safety Brian Dawkins, who led the team in tackles and forced two turnovers, keyed a Philadelphia defense that rose to the challenge by holding Tiki Barber and Brandon Jacobs under a 100 yards rushing combined.
The Eagles changed up the defensive front by playing an under-front at times to stop the run. They also ran some zone-dogs that put pressure on Eli Manning and took advantage of a Giants offensive line that was without center Shaun O'Hara. Manning had an inconsistent performance, throwing for nearly 300 yards but tossing two costly interceptions.
QB Jeff Garcia (above) had another good game for the Eagles. He was smart with the football and made the plays when the Eagles needed them. Garcia was able to spread the ball around to eight different receivers, with Reggie Brown and tight end L.J. Smith making some big catches on third-and-long to keep drives going. The Eagles' offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and Philly ran for over 150 yards.
Dawkins' interception was his 31st with the Eagles, fourth in team history and three behind co-leaders Eric Allen and Bill Bradley. ... Rich Seubert started at center for Shaun O'Hara, who was out with an ankle injury. Seubert had a mild knee sprain in the fourth quarter ... Westbrook has more than 1,000 yards rushing for the first time. ... Eagles S Michael Lewis suffered an MCL sprain.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.4||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-3||2-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|TD||12:43||Tiki Barber, 11 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 21 yds, 0:31
|TD||6:23||Correll Buckhalter, 2 yd run (David Akers kick is good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yds, 6:16
|TD||1:06||Brian Westbrook, 1 yd run (David Akers kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yds, 3:28
|FG||0:08||Jay Feely 47 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yds, 0:59
|FG||1:13||Jay Feely 23 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 5 plays, 57 yds, 1:52
|FG||14:12||Jay Feely 24 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 1:11
|TD||12:42||Brian Westbrook, 28 yd run (David Akers kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 36 yds, 1:32
|TD||7:05||Brandon Jacobs, 1 yd run|
Drive info: 4 plays, 35 yds, 2:03
|TD||3:10||Reggie Brown, 15 yd pass from Jeff Garcia|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:02
|TD||2:57||Trent Cole, 19 yd interception return (David Akers kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 19 yds, 0:00