1:00 PM ET, November 28, 2004
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up a fourth consecutive NFC East title the same way they won the first three -- with an awesome defense that made Eli Manning look like a rookie.Brian Westbrook scored two touchdowns and the Eagles' defense limited Manning to 14 yards passing in the second half and a woeful 16.9 quarterback rating in a 27-6 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.
|Eagles at Giants: At this point, do you see the Eagles finally getting back to the Super Bowl?I believe this will be the Eagles' year because they clearly are the class of the NFC unlike in years past when they've won the NFC East. They are clearly playing better on defense as the season progresses and are looking much better in the secondary as young cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown mature. The only weakness that the Eagles have to worry about is their defensive line's inability to stop the run. The Pittsburgh Steelers came in and showed the rest of the NFL how to beat the Eagles, but the Green Bay Packers are the only team in the NFC that can replicate that type of running game. But the Eagles may not have to worry about the Packers' potentially dominant running game because of running back Ahman Green's inability to consistently stay healthy. Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.|
Giants halfback Tiki Barber rushed for 110 yards despite injuring his shin and getting stitches for a gash on his knee. ... The win was the 66th for coach Andy Reid, tying him with Greasy Neale for No. 1 among Eagles coaches. ... Giants defensive end Chuck Wiley tore ligaments in his left knee. ... Akers' 14 40-plus-yard field goals are a single-season team record, breaking Paul McFadden's mark of 13 in 1984.
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