Final

Giants 10

(4-6, 3-2 away)

Eagles 28

(7-3, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 16, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 3 0 0 710
PHI 7 7 7 728

McNabb throws for season-high 314 yards

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb silenced his critics. Jim Fassel gave his detractors more reasons to complain.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Giants: Were you surprised to see them get dominated under the circumstances?
I was very surprised to see this team come out for the second week in a row with no fire in its belly. This was a huge game for the Giants against their division rivals and they didn't play like it at all. Their lifeless play may start the seemingly inevitable calls in New York for the firing of the coaching staff.

Question on the Eagles: Could a healthy Eagles squad be the team to beat in the NFC?
If this team is able to stay healthy, they'll be tough to stop down the stretch. Right now they look as if their offseason acquisitions and personnel moves within the organization are starting to gel. They completely dominated the Giants defensively and credit has to go to defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. He's doing a great job of putting his players in position to make plays and covering their defensive weaknesses.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

McNabb threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns, and Brian Westbrook caught two TD passes and ran for a score, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their fifth straight victory, 28-10 over the New York Giants on Sunday.

"From where we were after two games, everybody burning us up and trying to get us out of town, to where we are now is pretty exciting," McNabb said.

The two-time NFC East champion Eagles (7-3) have won seven of eight after opening the season with two losses at home. The Giants (4-6) have lost two in a row, including an embarrassing 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week that left fans chanting "Fire Fassel."

"We're not playing well. I'm responsible," Fassel said. "We can't seem to overcome some things."

McNabb, heavily criticized for his poor performance in the first six games, completed 24 of 30 passes for his fourth straight solid effort and fifth career 300-yard performance.

Tiki Barber had 111 yards rushing and no fumbles, but failed to get in the end zone on a crucial fourth-and-goal at Philadelphia's 1 late in the second quarter.

The Giants came into the season with high expectations after riding a high-powered offense to the playoffs last year. But consecutive losses have dampened their playoff hopes and put Fassel's job in jeopardy.

Fassel's play-calling certainly will be questioned after this loss.

Down 14-3 late in the second quarter, the Giants faced a second-and-30 at their 23. Barber ran 15 yards, then Kerry Collins hit David Tyree on a 48-yard pass for a first down.

After Barber ran 13 yards to the Eagles 1, the Giants couldn't get in. Dorsey Levens ran for no gain on first down, Collins threw an incomplete pass and Levens again ran for no gain.

On fourth down, Barber took a pitch and ran outside, but linebacker Carlos Emmons broke through to stop Barber and safety Brian Dawkins wrapped him up for a 2-yard loss.

"There was nowhere to go," Barber said. "If we cut the edge, it would've worked."

The Giants took the second-half kickoff and drove to the Eagles 30, but stalled. After a punt pinned the Eagles at their 5, McNabb drove them down the field in eight plays.

A 37-yard catch by Freddie Mitchell set up Westbrook's 4-yard TD run, giving the Eagles a 21-3 lead.

"Donovan did a nice job," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He spread the ball around, hit nine different receivers and seemed very productive."

Collins connected with Barber on a 10-yard TD pass to cut it to 21-10 early in the fourth. But McNabb threw a 5-yard TD pass to Westbrook to ice it with 5:26 left.

The Giants thoroughly dominated the Eagles a month ago, but Westbrook returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown with 1:16 left to give Philadelphia a 17-14 victory. The Eagles haven't lost since.

"It's great that we finally came together offensively," said wide receiver James Thrash, who had six catches for 48 yards. "We've had one good quarter, two good quarters. This time we did it the whole game."

Playing without All-Pro tight end Jeremy Shockey (knee), the Giants' offense racked up 361 yards, but only one TD.

The Eagles took a 7-3 lead on a 1-yard TD run by Correll Buckhalter in the first quarter. McNabb completed passes of 24 yards to L.J. Smith and 14 yards to Greg Lewis during the 61-yard drive.

A 29-yard pass from McNabb to Westbrook gave the Eagles a 14-3 lead with 3:36 left in the first half. The Eagles needed just three plays to go 73 yards. Duce Staley got 38 yards on a catch-and-run, setting up the TD pass to Westbrook.

"We better right the ship pretty quick, but we're still not out of it," Collins said.

Game notes


The Eagles wore black jerseys for the first time in team history. ... Dawkins returned to Philadelphia's lineup for the first time since injuring his foot in the season opener. ... The Eagles were without Pro Bowl CB Bobby Taylor (foot) for the fourth straight game. Taylor has played just two games this season. G John Welbourn (knee) also sat out, giving second-year pro Artis Hicks his first career start. ... The Giants didn't have DE Kenny Holmes (knee) and CB Ralph Brown (shoulder) along with Shockey. WR Ike Hilliard (knee, ankle) didn't start, but came in after his replacement, Tim Carter, left the game with a concussion.

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Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNYGPHI
phiTD3:44Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 88 yds, 1:40
313
phi3:44
Drive info: 3 plays, 88 yds, 1:40
314
FIRST QUARTERNYGPHI
nygFG12:56Matt Bryant 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 9 yds, 2:02
30
FOURTH QUARTERNYGPHI
phiTD5:37Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yds, 2:20
1027
phi5:37
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yds, 2:20
1028
FIRST QUARTERNYGPHI
phiTD4:37Correll Buckhalter, 1 yd run
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yds, 4:16
36
THIRD QUARTERNYGPHI
phiTD4:42Brian Westbrook, 4 yd run
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 2:38
320
FIRST QUARTERNYGPHI
phi4:37
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yds, 4:16
37
THIRD QUARTERNYGPHI
phi4:42
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 2:38
321
FOURTH QUARTERNYGPHI
nygTD13:00Touchdown
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 15:15
921
nyg13:00
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 15:15
1021