Final

Eagles 23

(3-4, 2-2 away)

Vikings 16

(2-5, 1-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 28, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 3 14 3 323
MIN 7 3 3 316

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 333 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Peterson (MIN) - 20 CAR, 70 YDS

Receiving: R. Brown (PHI) - 8 REC, 105 YDS

McNabb lights up Vikes' defense as Eagles keep Peterson in check

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Donovan McNabb strolled around the Philadelphia locker room with a thin white sleeve on his right leg.

After a vintage performance Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, that's about the only sign left of a major knee injury that threatened his career nearly 11 months ago.

The Donovan Divide
Donovan McNabb

As goes Donovan McNabb, so go the Eagles. In Philadelphia's three wins, McNabb has been stellar while in its four losses, his performance has left Philly fans calling for rookie Kevin Kolb.

In Wins In Losses
QB Rating 117.7 72.3
Pass Yards 330.7 262.7
TD-Int 6-1 2-1

McNabb threw for 333 yards and a touchdown and showed plenty of the mobility he appeared to have lost post-surgery to lead the Eagles to a 23-16 victory.

"I definitely feel like the burst is coming back," said McNabb, who displayed nimble feet and even ran a quarterback draw in the second half. "That gives me the opportunity to do a lot of different things that I'm used to."

The five-time Pro Bowler looked more like the guy who led the Eagles to the Super Bowl three years ago than the tentative veteran who had been hearing calls from those notoriously restless Philly fans to start the Kevin Kolb era.

"His demise, I think, is much over-exaggerated," said Vikings coach Brad Childress, who spent seven years with McNabb in Philadelphia as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator under his longtime friend, Andy Reid.

McNabb took advantage of the league's worst pass defense, completing 23 of 36 passes and moving around in the pocket like he never had surgery to get his Eagles (3-4) back on track.

Adrian Peterson was bottled up for most of the day by Philadelphia's sure-tackling, hard-charging defense, rushing for 70 yards on 20 carries.

Without their running back breaking long touchdown runs and down to their No. 3 quarterback, the Vikings (2-5) didn't have enough to challenge a rejuvenated McNabb.

"It's a little of everything," said Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who replaced the injured Kelly Holcomb. "And we just need to make some plays."

Reggie Brown caught a career-high eight passes for 105 yards and Brian Westbrook had 92 total yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles, who entered the game having all kinds of problems in the red zone. They scored just six TDs in their first 20 trips inside the 20-yard line this season.

Things went much smoother in the first half Sunday.

McNabb threw a 6-yard shovel pass to Westbrook for the Eagles' first touchdown in the second quarter, and Westbrook went over the top on a 1-yard run later in the period to give Philadelphia a 17-7 lead.

Rushing Into History?
Adrian Peterson

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is threatening the rookie rushing record. Here's how he stacks up against the best rookie runners in NFL history after seven games.

Player Team Year Yards
Eric Dickerson Rams 1983 851
Beattie Feathers Bears 1934 780
George Rogers Saints 1981 746
Adrian Peterson Vikings 2007 740
Billy Sims Lions 1980 704
Earl Campbell Oilers 1978 697

Once the Vikings cut the lead to 20-16 on a 48-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell in the fourth quarter, McNabb went back to work.

He completed 4 of 7 passes for 62 yards, including a flea-flicker to Brown and a 31-yarder to Kevin Curtis, to set up David Akers' third field goal.

"I've just been feeling a change ever since the bye week," McNabb said.

The Vikings have had problems at quarterback all year, and starter Tarvaris Jackson missed the game with a broken index finger on his throwing hand.

Holcomb got the start, but struggled until he was knocked out of the game with a neck injury in the third quarter. Childress said Holcomb's injury is "similar to whiplash" and he will be evaluated on Monday.

Brooks Bollinger, who lost the starting job to Jackson in training camp and was demoted again after the Vikings traded for Holcomb in the final week of the preseason, looked capable in his first action this year.

"I thought he did OK in a tough situation," Childress said. "That guy gets limited reps in practice during the week. ... I just wish we could have supported him better."

Bollinger completed 7 of 10 passes for 94 yards in just under two quarters, but couldn't get the Vikings into the end zone, a familiar problem during Childress' 1½ years on the job.

Childress and Reid have known each other for more than 20 years and teamed to mold McNabb into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL during their seven years together in Philadelphia.

Things haven't gone nearly as well for him in Minnesota, where the Vikings offense has become a one-man show.

Childress took plenty of heat for not getting the ball to Peterson more in last week's loss at Dallas. So Peterson was inserted into the starting lineup and carried the ball 11 times in the first half.

"We just thought we needed to get the touches to him and at least increase that load," Childress said.

Game notes


Vikings WR Bobby Wade (hyperextended knee) and RT Ryan Cook (separated left shoulder) will be evaluated on Monday. ... WR Greg Lews (shoulder, ribs) was the only Eagle banged up. ... TE Visanthe Shiancoe's 9-yard score was his first TD reception as a Viking.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
MIN
1st Downs2220
Passing 1st downs
1710
Rushing 1st downs
37
1st downs from penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
6-133-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6459
Total Yards385256
Yards per play6.04.3
Total Drives1011
Passing323151
Comp-Att
23-3614-26
Yards per pass
8.55.0
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-104-31
Rushing62105
Rushing Attempts
2629
Yards per rush
2.43.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-51-3
Penalties8-706-73
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:5629:04

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb23/363339.3102-10
MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bollinger7/10949.4002-11
Holcomb7/16885.5102-20

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook21462.219
McNabb3134.306
MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson20703.5017
Taylor6193.209

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown810513.1030
Curtis37625.3033
MINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wade45313.3019
Shiancoe55010.0112

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHIMIN
minTD6:47Visanthe Shiancoe, 9 yd pass from Kelly Holcomb (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 5:52
07
phiFG0:47David Akers 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yds, 4:47
37
SECOND QUARTERPHIMIN
phiTD5:51Brian Westbrook, 6 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 93 yds, 6:20
107
phiTD2:22Brian Westbrook, 1 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yds, 1:46
177
minFG1:01Ryan Longwell 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 52 yds, 1:21
1710
THIRD QUARTERPHIMIN
phiFG10:49David Akers 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yds, 2:36
2010
minFG1:45Ryan Longwell 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yds, 5:41
2013
FOURTH QUARTERPHIMIN
minFG8:58Ryan Longwell 48 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yds, 4:22
2016
phiFG5:11David Akers 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yds, 3:44
2316