1:00 PM ET, October 17, 2004
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles didn't need their best offensive effort to beat injury-depleted Carolina in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.
|Eric Allen's Analysis|
What's the biggest reason behind Carolina's Super Bowl hangover?
There are myriad reasons why this team is suffering from a Super Bowl hangover. One, they've suffered some devastating injuries to WR Steve Smith, RB Stephen Davis and RB DeShaun Foster. Those losses have taken a lot of the oomph out of this offense and disrupted its flow. This team is based on running the ball successfully with the ability to go over the top occasionally, and they've been denied that with the injuries.
Second, the defense isn't stopping the run like they did last season. Last year it was impossible to run on the Panthers and this year it's become increasingly easier. If they want to get back into the hunt, they have to rediscover their run defense and running game.
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||6.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||2:35||DAVID AKERS 48 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:35
|TD||11:20||DORSEY LEVENS 1 YD RUN (DAVID AKERS KICK) |
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:06
|FG||10:45||DAVID AKERS 34 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 64 yds, 4:30
|FG||6:34||DAVID AKERS 43 YD |
Drive: 4 plays, 4 yds, 1:55
|TD||10:28||LITO SHEPPARD 64 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (DAVID AKERS KICK)||0||23|
|TD||12:12||MUHSIN MUHAMMAD 2 YD PASS FROM JAKE DELHOMME (JAKE DELHOMME PASS TO KEARY COLBERT FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION) |
Drive: 11 plays, 66 yds, 5:08
|TD||12:52||BRIAN WESTBROOK 42 YD RUN (DAVID AKERS KICK) |
Drive: 3 plays, 47 yds, :40