2009 Philadelphia Eagles season
|2009 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Andy Reid|
|Home field||Lincoln Financial Field|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Cowboys) 34–14|
|Pro Bowlers||WR/KR DeSean Jackson
FB Leonard Weaver
OT Jason Peters
DE Trent Cole
CB Asante Samuel
PK David Akers
QB Donovan McNabb
S Quintin Mikell
LS Jon Dorenbos
|AP All-Pros||David Akers (1st team)
Leonard Weaver (1st team)
Trent Cole (2nd team)
Asante Samuel (2nd team)
DeSean Jackson (2nd team)
The 2009 Philadelphia Eagles season was the 77th season for the team in the National Football League. After advancing to their fifth NFC Championship game in eight years, the Eagles improved upon their 9–6–1 record and second-place finish in the NFC East in their 2008 campaign. For head coach Andy Reid, this is his 11th season as the coach of the Eagles.
- 1 Players
- 2 Final roster
- 3 Schedule
- 4 Standings
- 5 Regular season results
- 6 Postseason
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Notable roster additions
- OT Stacy Andrews – Signed as a free agent from the Bengals.
- FB Leonard Weaver – Signed as a free agent from the Seahawks (ended up in 2010 Pro Bowl).
- OT Jason Peters – Traded from the Bills for 2009 1st round draft pick, 2009 4th round draft pick, and a conditional 2010 draft pick.
- CB Ellis Hobbs- Traded from the Patriots for two 2009 5th round draft picks (ended up in 2010 Pro Bowl).
- S Sean Jones – Signed as a free agent from the Browns.
- QB Michael Vick – Signed as a free agent after being released by the Atlanta Falcons.
Notable roster losses
- FS Brian Dawkins – Signed with Denver Broncos as a Free Agent.
- RB Correll Buckhalter – Signed with Denver Broncos as a Free Agent.
- OT Tra Thomas – Signed with Jacksonville Jaguars as a Free Agent.
- TE L.J. Smith – Signed with Baltimore Ravens as a Free Agent.
- SS Sean Considine – Signed with Jacksonville Jaguars as a Free Agent.
Free agents in 2009
RFA: Restricted free-agent, UFA: Unrestricted free-agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent
|Date signed||2009 team|
|WR||Hank Baskett||RFA||2/26/09||Indianapolis Colts|
|RB||Correll Buckhalter||UFA||2/27/09||Denver Broncos|
|C||Nick Cole||RFA||2/26/09||Philadelphia Eagles|
|SS||Sean Considine||UFA||2/27/09||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|FS||Brian Dawkins||UFA||2/28/09||Denver Broncos|
|CB||Joselio Hanson||UFA||2/20/09||Philadelphia Eagles|
|TE||L. J. Smith||UFA||3/27/09||Baltimore Ravens|
|OT||Tra Thomas||UFA||3/9/09||Jacksonville Jaguars|
2009 NFL Draft selections
|Draft order||Player name||Position||Height||Weight||College|
|1||19||Jeremy Maclin||WR||6 ft 0 in||199 lb||Missouri|
|2||53||LeSean McCoy||HB||5 ft 11 in||210 lb||Pittsburgh|
|5||153||Cornelius Ingram||TE||6 ft 4 in||245 lb||Florida|
|5||157||Victor Harris||CB||5 ft 11 in||197 lb||Virginia Tech|
|5||159||Fenuki Tupou||OT||6 ft 6 in||322 lb||Oregon|
|6||194||Brandon Gibson||WR||6 ft 1 in||200 lb||Washington State|
|7||213||Paul Fanaika||G||6 ft 5 in||327 lb||Arizona State|
|7||230||Moise Fokou||LB||6 ft 2 in||225 lb||Maryland|
- Carolina to Philadelphia. Carolina traded its first-round selection in 2009, as well as its second-round (No. 43: traded to Minnesota and used to select safety Tyrell Johnson) and fourth-round (No. 109: used to select offensive guard Mike McGlynn) selections in 2008 to Philadelphia for the first-round selection of Philadelphia in 2008 (No. 19: used to select offensive tackle Jeff Otah).
- Philadelphia to Buffalo. Philadelphia traded the 28th overall selection in 2009 (which originally was Carolina's 2009 first-round selection), its fourth-round selection in 2009, and a conditional sixth-round selection in 2010 in return for offensive tackle Jason Peters.
- Cleveland to Philadelphia. Cleveland traded its fifth-round selection in 2009 to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's sixth-round selection in 2008 (No. 191: used to select wide receiver Paul Hubbard).
- New York Jets to Philadelphia The New York Jets traded their fifth-round selection and a conditional selection in 2010 to Philadelphia in return for cornerback Lito Sheppard.
- Patriots to Philadelphia. Patriots traded its fifth-round selection in 2009 to Philadelphia for wide receiver Greg Lewis.
- Minnesota to Philadelphia. Minnesota traded its sixth-round selection to Philadelphia for quarterback Kelly Holcomb.
|Philadelphia Eagles 2009 final roster|
|Week||Date||Kickoff||Opponent||Results||Game Site||TV||NFL Recap|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||Thursday, Aug 13||7:30pm EDT||New England Patriots||L 27–25||0–1||Lincoln Financial Field||ABC||Recap|
|2||Thursday, Aug 20||8pm EDT||at Indianapolis Colts||L 23–15||0–2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|3||Thursday, Aug 27||7pm EDT||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 33–32||1–2||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|4||Thursday, Sep 3||7pm EDT||at New York Jets||L 38–27||1–3||Giants Stadium||Recap|
|Week||Date||Kickoff||Opponent||Results||Game Site||TV||NFL Recap||Jerseys||Pants|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 13||1pm EDT||at Carolina Panthers||W 38–10||1–0||Bank of America Stadium||Fox||Recap||Green||White|
|2||September 20||1pm EDT||New Orleans Saints||L 48–22||1–1||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox||Recap||White||Green|
|3||September 27||1pm EDT||Kansas City Chiefs||W 34–14||2–1||Lincoln Financial Field||CBS||Recap||White||Green|
|5||October 11||1pm EDT||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 33–14||3–1||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox||Recap||White||Green|
|6||October 18||4:05pm EDT||at Oakland Raiders||L 13–9||3–2||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum||Fox||Recap||White||Green|
|7||Oct 26 (Monday)||8:30pm EDT||at Washington Redskins||W 27–17||4–2||FedEx Field||ESPN||Recap||Green||White|
|8||November 1||1pm EST||New York Giants||W 40–17||5–2||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox||Recap||Green||White|
|9||November 8||8:20pm EST||Dallas Cowboys||L 20–16||5–3||Lincoln Financial Field||NBC||Recap||Green||White|
|10||November 15||4:15pm EST||at San Diego Chargers||L 31–23||5–4||Qualcomm Stadium||Fox||Recap||White||Green|
|11||November 22||8:20pm EST||at Chicago Bears||W 24–20||6–4||Soldier Field||NBC||Recap||White||Green|
|12||November 29||1pm EST||Washington Redskins||W 27–24||7–4||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox||Recap||Black||White|
|13||December 6||1pm EST||at Atlanta Falcons||W 34–7||8–4||Georgia Dome||Fox||Recap||White||Green|
|14||December 13||8:20pm EST||at New York Giants||W 45–38||9–4||Giants Stadium||NBC||Recap||White||Green|
|15||December 20||4:15pm EST||San Francisco 49ers||W 27–13||10–4||Lincoln Financial Field||Fox||Recap||Green||White|
|16||December 27||4:15pm EST||Denver Broncos||W 30–27||11–4||Lincoln Financial Field||CBS||Recap||Green||White|
|17||January 3, 2010||4:15pm EST||at Dallas Cowboys||L 24–0||11–5||Cowboys Stadium||Fox||Recap||Green||White|
Division games are in bold text.
All game dates are on Sunday, for the exception of the October 26 game at the Washington Redskins, which is on Monday Night Football.
|(3) Dallas Cowboys||11||5||0||.688||4-2||9-3||361||250||W3|
|(6) Philadelphia Eagles||11||5||0||.688||4–2||9-3||429||337||L1|
|New York Giants||8||8||0||.500||4–2||6-6||402||427||L2|
Regular season results
The Eagles began their season at Bank of America Stadium for a Week 1 duel with the Carolina Panthers. Philadelphia trailed early in the first quarter as Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams ran 11 yards for a Carolina touchdown on their first drive. The Eagles answered with a 49-yard field goal from kicker David Akers. In the second quarter, Philadelphia exploded with points as defensive end Victor Abiamiri returned a fumble 2 yards for a touchdown, wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, and quarterback Donovan McNabb completed a 9-yard TD pass to tight end Brent Celek and a 4-yard touchdown pass to running back Brian Westbrook. Carolina ended the period with kicker John Kasay booting a 22-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Eagles closed out their scoring with McNabb scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run. However, he was hit late by several Carolina tacklers who cracked his ribs on the right side, knocking him out of the game. Kevin Kolb came in for McNabb and closed out the game for the victorious Eagles.
With the win, Philadelphia began their season at 1–0.
Coming off their road win over the Panthers, the Eagles played their Week 2 home opener against the New Orleans Saints. Due to the rib injury to quarterback Donovan McNabb, backup quarterback Kevin Kolb was named the starter.
In the first quarter, Philadelphia trailed as Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston. The Eagles would answer with Kolb completing a 71-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but New Orleans replied with kicker John Carney making a 23-yard field goal. In the second quarter, Philadelphia would tie the game again as kicker David Akers got a 23-yard field goal. However, the Saints struck back as Brees hooked up with Colston again on a 25-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles would close out the half as Akers made a 32-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, New Orleans began to pull away as Brees completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to fullback Heath Evans, along with running back Mike Bell getting a 7-yard touchdown. Philadelphia would answer with Kolb completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jason Avant. In the fourth quarter, the Saints continued to pull away as running back Reggie Bush got a 19-yard touchdown run. The Eagles would get a score as Brees fumbled the ball out of his own end zone, giving Philadelphia a safety. However, the Saints closed out their victory march as safety Darren Sharper returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown.
With the loss, Philadelphia fell to 1–1.
The Eagles entered their second home game of the season at 1–1 and facing an 0–2 Kansas City Chiefs team. Kevin Kolb once again started in place of the injured Donovan McNabb and starting running back Brian Westbrook, starting left guard Todd Herremans (who had been out the first two weeks as well), and number two wide receiver Kevin Curtis all missed the game as well. Nevertheless, the Eagles struck first as rookie RB LeSean McCoy, starting in place of Westbrook, scored on a five-yard touchdown scamper. Later in the first quarter, Kevin Kolb scored his first ever NFL rushing TD on a quarterback sneak to put Philadelphia up 14–0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Matt Cassel scored the Chiefs' first touchdown of the game on a nice pass to a leaping Mark Bradley over the head of CB Ellis Hobbs to cut the Eagles' lead to seven. However, Philadelphia bounced back as Kevin Kolb hooked up with DeSean Jackson for a 64 yard score. The Eagles tacked on an Akers field goal to go up 24–7 at the half.
The Philadelphia defense which had been great all day continued to do their jobs in the third quarter and the Kansas City began to step up their game as the only score of the third period was a 38-yard field goal kick by David Akers, putting the Eagles up 27–7.
In the fourth quarter, Kevin Kolb tossed another touchdown pass, this time to starting third-year TE Brent Celek. It was Philly's last score of the game and put them up 34–7. Matt Cassel began to rally the Chiefs and drove them down the field, scoring a touchdown on a nine-yard pass to Bobby Wade, making the score 34–14. However, the Chiefs were unable to get on the board again and 34–14 was the final score. Kolb is the first quarterback to throw at least 300 yards in his first 2 career starts.
With the win, the Eagles went into their bye week at 2–1.
The Eagles returned from their Week 4 bye against an 0–4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, Philadelphia's second straight game against a winless team. Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook returned from injury but Kevin Curtis once again was inactive and Jeremy Maclin made his third consecutive start.
On Donovan McNabb's first play back, he scrambled 13 yards, and on the very next play, he found wide receiver Jeremy Maclin deep in the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter, Donovan McNabb hit fullback Leonard Weaver in the flat and Weaver took it in for a 20-yard touchdown. The Buccaneers answered soon after as quarterback Josh Johnson, making his second career NFL start, connected with tight end Kellen Winslow in the end one for a nine yard score. The Eagles ended the second half with another McNabb-to-Maclin TD hookup, this one of 40 yards.
In the third quarter, the two teams fought back and forth but the only score was for Philadelphia as running back Brian Westbrook, one play after lining up wide and catching a twenty-yard pass from McNabb, ran the ball seven yards into the end zone to put the Eagles up 28–7.
Kicker David Akers booted a 44-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put Philly up 31–7, but the Bucs fought back as Josh Johnson and Kellen Winslow hooked up again on another nine-yard touchdown. After a Sav Rocca punt left the Buccaneers deep in their own territory, DE Darren Howard tackled Tampa Bay halfback Carnell "Cadillac" Williams in the end zone for a safety.
The final score was 33–14 as the Eagles improved to 3–1. Andy Reid earned his 100th career victory with the Eagles. The Eagles are 11–0 after their bye week under Andy Reid.
In the first quarter, both defenses played well, with the Eagles getting on the board first with a 45-yard field goal from kicker David Akers. However, the Raiders responded as QB JaMarcus Russell hooked up with TE Zach Miller on an 86-yard touchdown pass.
In the second quarter, Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski hit a 29-yard field goal and Akers would hit a 43 yarder. Philadelphia got the ball back before the half but sputtered as they got close to the Oakland end zone and the half ended with the Raiders up 10–6.
In the third quarter, the defenses battled back and forth and neither team scored.
The final quarter's first points were scored by Oakland as Janikowski hit on a 46-yard field goal. David Akers scored on a 45-yard field goal for the Eagles, but when they got the ball back late in the fourth quarter, they turned it over on downs and the Raiders ran the clock out.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3–2.
Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Raiders, the Eagles flew to Fed Ex Field for a Week 7 NFC East duel with the Washington Redskins on Monday night. Philadelphia took flight in the first quarter with wide receiver DeSean Jackson's 67-yard touchdown run and linebacker Will Witherspoon (recently acquired from the Rams) returning an interception 9 yards for a touchdown.
In the second quarter, the Eagles increased their lead with a 47-yard field goal from kicker David Akers. The Redskins would get on the board with quarterback Jason Campbell completing a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Thomas, yet Philadelphia answered with Akers nailing a 44-yard field goal and quarterback Donovan McNabb completing a 57-yard touchdown pass to Jackson. Washington would close out the half with a 47-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham.
In the third quarter, both defenses fought back and forth and the period ended with no points.
In the fourth and final quarter, Jason Campbell completed a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Fred Davis for the only score of the second half
The Eagles defense held on and, with the win, Philadelphia improved to 4–2.
Coming off their Monday night road win over the Redskins, the Eagles went home for a Week 8 NFC East duel with the New York Giants with the division lead on the line.
Philadelphia came out soaring in the first quarter as fullback Leonard Weaver got a 41-yard touchdown run, followed by quarterback Donovan McNabb hooking up with tight end Brent Celek on a 17-yard touchdown pass (with a blocked PAT). In the second quarter, the Eagles increased their lead as kicker David Akers nailed a 30-yard field goal. The Giants would get on the board as quarterback Eli Manning found tight end Kevin Boss on an 18-yard touchdown pass, yet Philadelphia kept their momentum going as McNabb completed a 54-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and a 23-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
The Eagles would increase their lead in the third quarter as Akers booted a 35-yard field goal, yet New York attempted to rally as kicker Lawrence Tynes made a 42-yard field goal and running back Ahmad Bradshaw got a 1-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Philadelphia pulled away with a 66-yard touchdown run by rookie running back LeSean McCoy.
With the win, not only did the Eagles improve to 5–2, but they would take over as the leader of the NFC East.
Coming off their win over the Giants, the Eagles stayed at home for a Week 9 Sunday night divisional duel with the Dallas Cowboys with the lead in the NFC East on the line.
Philadelphia would trail in the first quarter as Cowboys running back Tashard Choice picked up a 2-yard touchdown run. The Eagles would respond in the second quarter with a 45-yard and a 48-yard field goal from kicker David Akers, but Dallas would answer with kicker Nick Folk nailing a 22-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Philadelphia would take the lead as quarterback Donovan McNabb found tight end Brent Celek on an 11-yard touchdown pass. However, the Cowboys struck back in the fourth quarter with Folk's 33-yard field goal and quarterback Tony Romo's 49-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Miles Austin. The Eagles tried to get a comeback, but could only muster up a 52-yard field goal from Akers.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 5–3.
Hoping to rebound from their tough Sunday night loss to the Cowboys, the Eagles flew to Qualcomm Stadium for a Week 10 interconference duel with the San Diego Chargers. Philadelphia would trail in the first quarter as Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to fullback Mike Tolbert. San Diego would add onto their lead in the second quarter with running back LaDainian Tomlinson's 3-yard touchdown run. The Eagles would get on the board with kicker David Akers getting an 18-yard and a 25-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Chargers went back to work as Tomlinson got a 20-yard touchdown run. Philadelphia would try to stay close as Akers nailed a 25-yard field goal, but San Diego kept their attack going as Rivers hooked up with wide receiver Legedu Naanee on a 20-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles' offense would finally get going in the fourth quarter as quarterback Donovan McNabb completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brent Celek. However, the Chargers would prove to be too much to handle as kicker Nate Kaeding booted a 29-yard field goal.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 5–4.
Following two consecutive losses to Dallas and San Diego, Philadelphia went to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bears, who were 4–5, on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles dominated the first quarter as Philadelphia took a two score lead on a 25-yard field goal by David Akers and a 13-yard touchdown from Donovan McNabb to Jason Avant on a wide receiver screen pass.
Down 10–0 at the start of the second quarter, Chicago drove within one point as Bears kicker Robbie Gould successfully made a 45-yard field goal, as well as a pair of 28-yard field goals, to make the score 10–9 at the half.
In the second half, the Bears took the lead as Robbie Gould kicked his fourth field goal, a 49-yarder that put Chicago up 12–10. However, it took only 30 seconds for the Eagles to take the lead as Donovan McNabb passed to DeSean Jackson for a 48-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 17–12 lead. Ironically, the 48-yard touchdown catch was the shortest touchdown scored by Jackson thus far in the season. Chicago again took the lead in the third quarter as struggling quarterback Jay Cutler, who had already missed several wide open targets in the game, passed to tight end Kellen Davis for a 15-yard score. The Bears converted the 2-point conversion attempt as running back Matt Forte scored on the pass from Cutler to put the Bears back on top 20–17.
In the fourth quarter, both defenses fought back and forth but the only points of the final period were scored by Eagles running back LeSean McCoy on a 10-yard, game-winning touchdown run to put the Eagles up 24–20, the game's final score.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 6–4. Ironically, the Eagles win came by the same score (24–20) in the same city (Chicago) at the same time and venue (Sunday Night Football on NBC) as when they had lost in week 4 of the 2008 season.
In the second meeting of the year with the Washington Redskins, the Eagles tried an onside kick to start the game. This backfired when the Redskins running back Quinton Ganther recovered the kick and returned it 25 yards to the Eagles 24-yard line. Four plays later, Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell ran for a two-yard touchdown to score the game's first touchdown, as the Redskins took the lead 7–0. After a holding penalty on Eagles tight end Brent Celek, the Eagles had to settle for a 29-yard field goal by kicker David Akers. On the following drive by the Eagles, quarterback Donovan McNabb found wide receiver DeSean Jackson wide open in the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown to bring the Eagles up 10–7. On the ensuing drive by the Redskins, Campbell threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss to take the lead 14–10.
Late in the second quarter, after both teams punting the ball away after three unsuccessful drives, Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted a Jason Campbell pass that was intended for Santana Moss. The Eagles could not convert a third down with 10 to go, and David Akers kicked a 24-yard field goal to get the Eagles within a point of the Redskins, 14–13. The Redskins received the ball again and Campbell threw a second straight interception to Samuel, who returned it for 17 yards. The Eagles ended the first half with a second straight field goal to take the lead 16–14.
After two straight punts for each team, the Eagles got the ball back in the fourth quarter and Donovan McNabb threw an intended pass to Reggie Brown, but the pass was intercepted by Redskins cornerback Justin Tryon. The Redskins scored on a 25-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham, to increase their lead 24–16. The Eagles started their drive on their own 10-yard line after a penalty on the kick return by Dimitri Patterson. The Eagles went 90 yards to score on an Eldra Buckley one-yard touchdown run. Since they were losing by two points, the Eagles decided to go for a two-point conversion. The two-point conversion was successful after rookie running back LeSean McCoy ran in the end zone on a shovel pass from McNabb. The score was tied, 24–24. The Redskins could not score on the next drive, and therefore had to punt to the Eagles. The Eagles scored on a 32-yard field goal by David Akers to take the lead, 27–24. The Eagles got the ball back on downs, and kneeled the ball to run out the clock and win 27–24.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 7–4.
Following back to back wins against Chicago and Washington, the Eagles traveled to Atlanta to take on the Atlanta Falcons who were 6–5. While the Falcons were without quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner due to injury, as well as a pair of offensive linemen, the Eagles came into the game without explosive wideout DeSean Jackson, linebacker Akeem Jordan, or nickel corner Joselio Hanson, who had been suspended by the league for violating its substance abuse policy.
In the first quarter, Eagles kicker David Akers scored on a 33-yard field goal and fullback Leonard Weaver, who would go on to make an outstanding one-handed, 59-yard catch-and-run, and finish the game with 100 total yards, caught an under thrown ball by Donovan McNabb in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown that put the Eagles up 10–0.
Atlanta's backup quarterback Chris Redman struggled all game and backup running backs Jerious Norwood and Jason Snelling seemed, in most cases, unable to find holes, and both offenses struggled in the second quarter, the only score coming on another 33-yard field goal by David Akers.
The Eagles dominated the third quarter as quarterback Michael Vick, in his return to Atlanta, ran in a five-yard score to put the Eagles up 20–0, his first touchdown of the year. It kept getting worse for Atlanta as Chris Redman, who had had pass after pass batted at the line during the game, was intercepted by cornerback Sheldon Brown, who returned the interception 83 yards for a score.
Philly went up 34–0 in the fourth quarter as Michael Vick, coming in as a relief player for Donovan McNabb, tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brent Celek. The Eagles defense seemed to be en route to their first shutout since 1996, but the Falcons scored with one second left on the clock on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Redman to wide receiver Roddy White.
The Eagles third consecutive win left them 8–4, heading into a pivotal Sunday Night matchup against their division rival New York Giants.
The winner of this Sunday Night showdown would assume first place in the NFC East (the Eagles outright, the Giants on tiebreakers). With two games against opponents with losing records approaching, it was crucial for the Giants to escape this one with a win.
The Eagles started things off right away, putting 14 points on the board before the Giants had run their fifth play from scrimmage. McNabb connected with Celek for a touchdown, and Sheldon Brown returned a Brandon Jacobs fumble for six points on the ensuing drive. In the second quarter, Nicks caught the longest reception of his short career for a 68-yard touchdown. After DeSean Jackson responded by returning a Jeff Feagles punt 72 yards for a touchdown, the Giants were able to send Bradshaw into the end zone from the 3. Eagles backup quarterback Michael Vick was able to sneak in one more rushing touchdown before halftime. Jacobs opened the scoring in the second half with a 1-yard rush. After the teams traded turnovers, Manning got the ball into Hixon's hands for a 61-yard touchdown. But the Eagles responded on the very next play with a 60-yard touchdown to Jackson. Jackson's 176 receiving yards amounted to the best individual receiving performance against the Giants since 2002. The Eagles struck again in the fourth quarter, this time on a run by fullback Leonard Weaver and a two-point conversion pass to Jason Avant. The Giants put another touchdown on the board (courtesy of Boss) in the last two minutes of the game, and got the ball back with 28 seconds left. But defensive end Darren Howard sacked Manning and forced a fumble, sealing the Eagles' first sweep of the Giants since 2004.
The Eagles scored 85 points against the Giants this year, the most they have scored versus the Giants in a single season in franchise history. The Eagles have improved to 9–4 with many hopes of making it into the playoffs.
Wild Card Game
Entering the postseason as the NFC's #6 seed, the Eagles began their playoff at Cowboys Stadium for the third meeting against their hated rival, the #3 Dallas Cowboys, in a rematch of their Week 17 defeat.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Cowboys would strike first in the second quarter with quarterback Tony Romo's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Phillips. Philadelphia would answer with quarterback Michael Vick hooking up with rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on a 76-yard touchdown, but Dallas would start to pull away as running back Tashard Choice got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Cowboys would pile on their lead with kicker Shaun Suisham's 25-yard field goal, Romo's 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Miles Austin, and Suisham's 48-yard field goal.
Dallas would add onto their lead in the third quarter as running back Felix Jones scored on a 73-yard touchdown run. The Eagles tried to mount a comeback drive in the fourth quarter as quarterback Donovan McNabb found wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but the Cowboys would prevent any further attempts.
With the loss, Philadelphia was eliminated, ending its season with an overall record of 11–6.
This would be Donovan McNabb's last game as an Eagle.
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