The Eagles did what needed to be done and won their fifth game in a row in order to clinch a playoff spot. There were a lot of bright spots in the win; however, there were also a lot of mistakes that need to be worked out in the final two games before heading into the playoffs. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the positives and negatives from last night.
Leonard Weaver – The guy had 19 touches last night for 70 yards. I never would have thought a fullback would be so involved in an Andy Reid system but I am loving it. He did have the bonehead play before half but he did apologize after the game and the Eagles were able to get a field goal.
Donovan McNabb – It wasn’t the best game he’s ever had, but it was another 300 yard passing day. He did what he needed to in order to get his team a victory. I liked seeing him pull the ball down and run for a touchdown but there were a lot of other opportunities during the game in which he should have run the ball. You also don’t want to see those interceptions.
Defensive turnovers – The Eagles forced Alex Smith to throw three interceptions and also recovered a fumble on the day. Forcing an offense into turnovers takes a lot of pressure off your own offense and puts your team in a position to win. This is exactly what the Eagles did yesterday.
DeSean Jackson – No surprises here. The guy had another big day catching six passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. He also got behind defenders and could have had another 50+ yard touchdown but Donovan overthrew him by a step or two. He also became only the third 1,000 yard wide receiver in the Andy Reid era joining Kevin Curtis and some other loser.
LeSean McCoy – I read an article last week that suggested McCoy had hit a “rookie wall.” This didn’t seem to be the case against the 49ers. He carried the ball nine times for 48 yards and scored a touchdown. His longest run was only eight yards so you can see he was consistently picking up nice chunks of yardage. Combine him with Weaver, and you got a 100 yard day between the two on the ground.
Brent Celek – Despite the injuries Celek has, he still played and performed well on Sunday. He was the second leading receiver behind DeSean with four catches for 73 yards and had a real nice play that netted in a 43 yard reception.
Asante Samuel – Surprisingly, we saw Asante drop the hammer on a real nice hit yesterday. Not so surprisingly, we also so him record another interception and also saw him recover the fumble that was knocked out by Sheldon Brown.
Trent Cole – He accounted for two out of the three sacks on Alex Smith and is just a warrior. The guy has been flying around all year and is just really fun to watch. He never quits on plays and is exactly the type of player you want on your football team.
Michael Vick – He left the game with a thigh contusion and was not able to contribute much of anything on Sunday. I hope that he can battle through this as I’d like to have his playmaking threats down the line here. He also adds another phase to the running attack.
Andy Reid’s 4th down call – You all know what I’m talking about, and I’m sure you’re all still scratching your head like I am. Not necessary. The defense bailed Andy out on this one but that still doesn’t make it right. C’mon Andy.
Tackling – Improved from the Giants game? Yes. At the level it needs to be? No. I don’t know if the poor weather the past two weeks has anything to do with it but it really has to improve. This is a playoff team now and you’re not going to go far in the playoffs if you can’t tackle.
Kevin Curtis – We did see the return of Kevin Curtis and he was able to haul in one reception. However, I would have liked to see them try to get him involved a little bit more. He could be a big help down the stretch so they really need to try to get him up to speed.
What positives and negatives did you see against the 49ers?