Final

Lions 21

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Eagles 56

(1-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 23, 2007

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 7 14 0 021
PHI 21 21 7 756

Top Performers

Passing: J. Kitna (DET) - 446 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 14 CAR, 110 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Curtis (PHI) - 11 REC, 221 YDS, 3 TD

McNabb, Curtis hot as Eagles offense routs Lions

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Kevin Curtis treated Detroit's defense like a scout team.

McNabb threw for 381 yards and four touchdown passes, Curtis had 221 yards receiving and three scores and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Lions 56-21 on Sunday for their first win.

Reversing The Trend
Donovan McNabb

Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was off to a slow start in the first two games of the season, but that turned around against the Detroit Lions.

1st 2 games Sunday
Comp. % 54.4 80.8
Pass yds. 424 381
TDs 1 4
Passer rating 68.8 158.3

In a stunning offensive display, the Eagles (1-2) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and had a franchise-record 42 points in the first half. It was their most points scored in a regular-season game since a 56-17 victory at the Chicago Cardinals in 1953. They also beat Detroit 58-37 in a wild-card playoff game in 1995.

Westbrook had 110 yards rushing, 111 more receiving and scored three TDs before leaving in the third quarter with injured ribs. X-rays were negative.

"I'm not surprised by what we were able to do," Westbrook said. "It's a matter of guys continuing to connect. We're an explosive offense when things work out the way we want. We didn't have too many incomplete balls in practice and that rolled over."

Rough start, fast finish?
Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles opened the 2003 season 0-2 after a less-than-impressive start by quarterback Donovan McNabb. But a Week 3 win over Buffalo turned the Eagles' season around four years ago. Will 2007 follow suit?

2003 2007
Team PPG 5.5 12.5
McNabb
TD-Int
0-3 1-1
McNabb
comp. %
41.4 54.4
Third Game
Result
W vs. Buf W vs. Det
Rest of
Season
12-2 ?
* All statistics through Week 2

Jon Kitna threw for a franchise-record 446 yards and two TDs and Roy Williams had nine catches for 204 yards, including a 91-yard TD for Detroit (2-1).

Just six days ago, the Eagles were booed off the field after losing 20-12 to Washington on Monday night. A day later, it got uglier when McNabb said on HBO that black quarterbacks face greater scrutiny than their white counterparts.

McNabb spent a lot of time this week answering questions about his comment he made in August that aired Tuesday. He came under heavy criticism for his statement and heard a mixture of boos in pregame introductions.

It didn't help that the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback played poorly in his first two games since tearing a knee ligament in Week 11 last year. Some were calling for rookie Kevin Kolb or backup A.J. Feeley to replace him.

Kolb made his NFL debut in the fourth quarter, while McNabb rested after an outstanding performance. McNabb completed 18 consecutive passes at one point, and finished 21-for-26.

"That wasn't part of my mind-set," McNabb said of his tumultuous week. "With everything that happened, we still have to play football."

The Lions came in looking for their first 3-0 start in 27 years, but they played like the hapless bunch that hasn't had a winning record since 2000.

"They outplayed us as a coaching staff," Detroit coach Rod Marinelli said. "They outplayed us on offense, defense, and special teams in all areas."

Desperate to avoid their first 0-3 start in nine years, the Eagles were fired up from the outset.

Despite missing All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins (neck) and Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard, the defense forced the Lions to go three-and out on four of their first five possessions.

Meanwhile, McNabb, Westbrook and Curtis were unstoppable. The Eagles led 35-7 less than 19 minutes in.

Scouts Buzz
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg did a great job of calling plays to get the ball to running back Brian Westbrook and establish the run game early. Westbrook took advantage of the outside zone running tracks the the Philly offensive line made for him as the Eagles easily handled the Lions defensive front 7. The Eagles' running game featured a steady dose of the zone scheme along with the occasional flip play, where the offensive line blocked in one direction to make the defense react and Westbrook getting the ball and heading the other direction to get to the opposite edge running the ball. Once Philadelphia got Westbrook and the ground game going, it opened up the play-action pass game for QB Donovan McNabb to get the ball to Kevin Curtis and the rest of the Eagles' wideouts.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 3 Scouts Buzz

They were driving for a sixth consecutive score, but McNabb fumbled at Detroit's 4 after getting sacked.

Wearing powder blue and yellow uniforms to commemorate their 75-year anniversary, the Eagles looked more like the St. Louis Rams and played like "The Greatest Show on Turf."

"It was definitely needed," McNabb said. "Coming out and not playing like ourselves, we had to make an explosion."

Westbrook scampered 25 yards off left end, breaking one arm tackle to give Philly a 7-0 lead. Kevin Jones scored from the 2 on his first carry since injuring his foot last December to tie it at 7.

Westbrook ran in from the 5 to make it 14-7, and Philly needed just one play to find the end zone again after a punt. McNabb hit Curtis perfectly in stride down the middle for a 68-yard TD.

The Eagles hadn't scored three touchdowns in the first quarter since Andy Reid's first game as coach in 1999 against Arizona. The Cardinals rallied to win 25-24.

On the next drive, Curtis was alone in the corner of the end zone for a 12-yard TD pass. McNabb briefly went down, clutching his back after taking a shot from Dewayne White after the pass.

On his next play, McNabb connected with a wide-open Curtis for a 43-yard TD.

"It seemed like we couldn't do no wrong," Curtis said. "Everything was going right. It doesn't take much sometimes to have that little difference."

The Lions finally got going and Kitna's 11-yard TD pass to Shaun McDonald made it 35-14. After Corey Smith forced McNabb's fumble, Williams split the defense on a slant route and outraced the secondary for a 91-yard TD to cut it to 35-21.

Westbrook turned a short screen pass into a 43-yard TD by breaking a couple tackles to put the Eagles ahead 42-21 late in the second quarter.

Correll Buckhalter and Tony Hunt each had 1-yard TD runs in the second half.

Philly's defense finished with nine sacks.

"Their defense is predicated on putting pressure on the quarterback and they do a lot of different blitzes and things," Kitna said. "What was surprising is for us to fall behind like we did early.

Game notes


Curtis surpassed his career-best 105 yards receiving in just the first quarter, getting 132. ... The teams had 63 points and 763 total yards in the first half. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson has a bruised lower back. ... Eagles LT William Thomas has a mild knee strain and All-Pro G Shawn Andrews briefly left after getting poked in the eye. ... Trent Cole had three of Philly's sacks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
PHI
1st Downs2029
Passing 1st downs
1514
Rushing 1st downs
312
1st downs from penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
4-143-8
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays6763
Total Yards432536
Yards per play6.48.5
Total Drives1316
Passing393363
Comp-Att
29-4621-26
Yards per pass
7.012.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
10-533-18
Rushing39173
Rushing Attempts
1134
Yards per rush
3.55.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-54-6
Penalties9-655-35
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
22
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:3032:30

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna29/464469.72110-53
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb21/2638114.7401-5
Kolb0/000.0002-13

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell5204.0014
Calhoun2136.5012
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook141107.9225
Buckhalter7436.1124

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams920422.7191
McDonald57615.2123
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Curtis1122120.1368
Westbrook511122.2147

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETPHI
phiTD12:07Brian Westbrook, 25 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 56 yds, 1:59
07
detTD9:12Kevin Jones, 2 yd run (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 74 yds, 2:52
77
phiTD3:46Brian Westbrook, 5 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 5:26
714
phiTD3:13Kevin Curtis, 68 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 68 yds, 0:00
721
SECOND QUARTERDETPHI
phiTD12:51Kevin Curtis, 12 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yds, 4:02
728
phiTD11:40Kevin Curtis, 43 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 43 yds, 0:00
735
detTD8:51Shaun McDonald, 11 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:47
1435
detTD5:15Roy Williams, 91 yd pass from Jon Kitna (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 91 yds, 0:33
2135
phiTD2:00Brian Westbrook, 43 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 88 yds, 3:12
2142
THIRD QUARTERDETPHI
phiTD2:26Correll Buckhalter, 1 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yds, 6:11
2149
FOURTH QUARTERDETPHI
phiTD7:31Tony Hunt, 1 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 17 yds, 0:46
2156