Final

49ers 3

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Eagles 42

(1-1, 1-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 18, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 0 0 3 03
PHI 14 14 7 742

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 342 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 15 CAR, 89 YDS

Receiving: T. Owens (PHI) - 5 REC, 143 YDS, 2 TD

Smith plays one series in Niners regular-season debut

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens are back to picking apart defenses instead of each other.

It was over when ...
... Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens connected for a 68-yard TD on the third play from scrimmage. McNabb threw four of his five TD passes in the first 19 minutes.
Game ball goes to ...
McNabb, who threw for 342 yards and tied his career best for TD passes in just three quarters of work.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen The headline for this game should be welcome back, Terrell Owens. After a subpar opening game the Eagles showed what they will be about this season. Donovan McNabb played a great game and proved that last week's injury wasn't bothering him anymore. This win was needed to show that T.O. and McNabb are both getting along. It was a welcome sight for Eagles fans.
-- Eric Allen

McNabb threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first 19 minutes, including a pair to Owens, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 42-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

"Whatever happened in the past, hopefully it's over," McNabb said of his well-publicized feud with Owens this summer.

Wearing extra padding to protect his injured chest, McNabb finished 23-of-29 for 342 yards and tied his career best for TD passes while playing three quarters. Owens had five catches for 143 yards -- all in the opening 19 minutes -- in his first game against his former team.

L.J. Smith caught a career-best nine passes for 119 yards and one TD for Philadelphia (1-1).

"Don was looking for all his receivers," Smith said. "He wasn't keying on one person. Sometimes, I was the third read and still got the ball. The tight end is vital in this offense."

Alex Smith, the top pick in the NFL draft, made his debut for San Francisco, playing the last series and throwing one incomplete pass.

"We don't have any excuses. We didn't play very well," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "We'll correct our mistakes. We'll learn from them."

Six days after losing to Atlanta 14-10 in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game, the Eagles dominated the 49ers (1-1) from the start.

McNabb and Owens connected for a 68-yard TD on the third play from scrimmage, electrifying a sellout crowd at Lincoln Financial Field that hadn't seen a meaningful game since the Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl.

McNabb, who missed practice Wednesday because of a bruised chest, eluded a strong rush, scrambled to his left and threw on the run, hitting Owens in stride at San Francisco's 41. Owens outran cornerback Mike Adams to the end zone, turned around and raced straight toward McNabb. The two stars, who weren't on speaking terms in the preseason, low-fived each other and went to the sideline smiling.

"When we're in the field and everything is clicking, everyone is smiling," McNabb said.

After Dhani Jones intercepted Tim Rattay's underthrown pass to a wide-open Frank Gore streaking down the sideline, McNabb tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Smith to make it 14-0.

McNabb's 42-yard TD pass to Owens early in the second quarter made it 21-0. This time, Owens stood in the end zone, stared into the stands and nodded his head before giving the ball to McNabb. The catch put Owens over 10,000 yards receiving, making him the 22nd player in NFL history to reach that mark.

Lito Sheppard intercepted Rattay's pass on San Francisco's next play and ran it back 34 yards to the 2. Brian Westbrook caught a 2-yard TD pass from McNabb on the following play.

With kicker David Akers sitting out after injuring his hamstring on the previous kickoff, linebacker Mark Simoneau made the extra point to put the Eagles ahead 28-0.

Third-string tight end Mike Bartrum kicked off, but Akers returned to make the rest of the kicks.

A week after beating St. Louis, the 49ers were completely overmatched against the Eagles. They had just 62 total yards in the first half and 142 overall, while Philadelphia racked up a team-record 583 yards.

The extra motivation of playing against Owens couldn't help San Francisco. Linebacker Derek Smith, who had harsh words for Owens earlier in the week, wasn't a factor. Safety Mike Rumph delivered a crushing hit on Owens after a 20-yard catch in the first quarter, but Owens got right up.

"He didn't let all of that bother him," Eagles coach Andy Reid said of Owens. "I'm sure everybody has their opinion on him on that team. Some guys like him and some don't, but he goes through that every week. Guys taunt him, but he doesn't get into that."

Smith stood by his criticism of Owens.

"I said he was a premier player, but I wouldn't take him on our team, even after his performance today," Smith said.

Game notes


McNabb's other five-TD game was in a 47-17 victory over Green Bay last Dec. 5. ... The Eagles had 582 yards against Cleveland on Nov. 7, 1965. ... Backup QB Koy Detmer completed all nine of his passes for 94 yards. ... Rattay was 13-for-26 for 107 yards and three interceptions. ... Running back Lamar Gordon scored his first TD for the Eagles on a 6-yard run in the fourth.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SF
PHI
1st Downs830
Passing 1st downs
720
Rushing 1st downs
110
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
3-127-10
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays4771
Total Yards142583
Yards per play3.08.2
Total Drives1012
Passing84443
Comp-Att
13-2733-39
Yards per pass
2.810.8
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-232-15
Rushing58140
Rushing Attempts
1730
Yards per rush
3.44.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-10-5
Penalties2-156-50
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession22:0337:57

Passing Leaders

SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rattay13/261074.1033-23
Smith0/100.0000-0
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb23/2934211.8502-15
Detmer9/99410.4000-0

Rushing Leaders

SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barlow10343.4014
Gore4153.806
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook15895.9031
Gordon12403.3111

Receiving Leaders

SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Battle44411.0017
Barlow33110.3015
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens514328.6268
Smith911913.2123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSFPHI
phiTD14:17Terrell Owens, 68 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 76 yds, 2:24
07
phiTD7:20L.J. Smith, 6 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yds, 2:33
014
SECOND QUARTERSFPHI
phiTD11:50Terrell Owens, 42 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 91 yds, 2:54
021
phiTD11:26Brian Westbrook, 2 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (Mark Simoneau kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 2 yds, 0:00
028
THIRD QUARTERSFPHI
sf4:16Joe Nedney 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 43 yds, 4:49
328
phiTD1:48Greg Lewis, 6 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:20
335
FOURTH QUARTERSFPHI
phiTD3:47Lamar Gordon, 6 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 90 yds, 10:22
342