Onto the NFC Championship. The Eagles beat the Giants 23-11 to keep the playoff run going. Well done, gentlemen.
This really was a team win. The defense kept the Giants out of the endzone. The offense came live late in the first half and continued that into the 2nd half. They piled up 16 points and more than 240 yards in that span. Special teams had one miscue, a long KOR, but came up big with field goals and was good at coverage most of the game.
Donovan McNabb came up huge. He threw the ball well. The wind had little affect on his throws. He made good decisions. He threw for a TD and sneaked for 1. He did throw a couple of picks, but neither was completely his fault and neither really hurt us.
Individuals made some huge plays. McNabb and Avant connected on a pass play that moved the chains on 3rd/20. We ended up getting a FG on that drive. That put us ahead and we never relinquished the lead. Asante Samuel had a huge INT and returned it to the 1-yard line. That set up our first TD. David Akers got Bradshaw out of bounds on the long KOR and kept him from scoring. Akers also was 4 of 4 on FGs. Kevin Curtis made some key catches in the 2nd half and also made a huge tackle of Fred Robbins after an INT. Sheldon Brown showed great hustle in chasing down Jacobs from the other side of the field and tackling him after a long run. That could have turned into a huge gain.
The defense was awesome. Sure, they did give up 138 rushing yards. They kept the Giants out of the endzone and they came up big on 3rd downs. And 4th downs. The 2 4th down stops were huge. That vaunted rushing attack couldn't come through on key plays. Our defense did.
The thing I like most about this team right now is their character. They don't panic when something goes wrong. They re-group and go to the next play. They don't relax when things go well. They stay focused. There seems to be a real sense of togetherness with this group. It is hard to put a value on that, but I think it is key to the winning right now.
I really like this team.