This turned out to be an interesting weekend in Philadelphia. It was the day after Halloween, and both the Yankees and the Giants were in town for games at the good old sports complex. The city of Philadelphia had a real opportunity to take it to some New York teams and it would be the Eagles turn first.
The Eagles wasted no time taking it to the Giants as Leonard Weaver busted out a 41 yard touchdown run on the Eagles first offensive series. Little did we know what else Weaver had in store for us. Shortly after Weaver’s touchdown, the Eagles kept the momentum going by getting on the board again when Donovan McNabb hit Brent Celek for a 17 yard touchdown strike. David Akers PAT was blocked and the Eagles ended up with a 13-0 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter started with an Akers field goal moving the score to 16-0 before there was a big lull in the action. With just under two minutes left in the first half, the Giants finally got on the board when Eli Manning hooked up with tight end Kevin Boss for an 18 yard touchdown. This cut the lead to 16-7 and it looked like the Giants may take the momentum to halftime. However, this couldn’t have been any more wrong. With their next possession, McNabb hit DeSean Jackson for a 54 yard touchdown and the momentum was right back where it had been all game. To make matters worse for the Giants, the ball was turned right back over to the Eagles and McNabb found Jeremy Maclin for another Eagles touchdown with under a minute left in the half. The Eagles took a 30-7 lead to halftime and looked like a total power house.
After another Akers field goal to start the half, the Eagles scoring hit a drought as the Giants tacked on 10 straight to finish the third quarter. LeSean McCoy added his own big play to the Eagles offense to start the fourth quarter breaking off a 66 yard touchdown run. This would be the final points of the game in an impressive 40-17 win for the Birds.
This moved the Eagles to 2-0 in the division and caught everyone’s attention. Could the Eagles perform like this on a weekly basis? They dominated the Giants on both sides of the ball all game and looked like a force to be reckoned with. The Eagles were hitting the real bulk of their schedule and we would soon see how they would matchup against strong teams.
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