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McNabb lifts Eagles to another road win

11/30/2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Donovan McNabb's dreadful effort last
week was probably the worst thing that could have happened to
Kansas City.

Determined to rebound, the third-year quarterback passed for 269
yards and two touchdowns Thursday night, leading Philadelphia past
the Chiefs 23-10 as the Eagles broke a 52-year-old team record with
their eighth straight road win.

It was the fifth victory away from home this year for
Philadelphia (7-4).

"He'd been more focused since the beginning of the week," said
Duce Staley, who teamed up with McNabb on a 46-yard scoring play
following a huge momentum-shifting mistake by Kansas City's Eric
Warfield.

In a 13-3 loss on Sunday to Washington, McNabb was only
15of 37. Against the Chiefs, he was confident and assertive while
going 18 of 26.

"We sat down and talked about it and he said that he wasn't
going to repeat last week's performance the rest of the season,"
Staley said.

David Akers tied his Philadelphia record of 13 straight field
goals, connecting from 24, 33 and 38 yards as the Eagles padded
their lead over Washington in the NFC East to 1½ games.

"The past couple of weeks I wasn't accurate on my passing
because my balls were just getting away from me a little," said
McNabb, who also ran for 41 yards. "Because of the timing tonight
we were able to open up the running game and open up the passing
game."

The Chiefs (3-8) should have had the ball and the momentum when
Glenn Cadrez partially blocked a Philadelphia punt in the second
quarter.

But Warfield muffed the ball. The Eagles retained possession on
the Chiefs 41 and, two plays later, McNabb floated a pass to Staley
in the left flat. The running back broke three tackles on the play
to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead.

"It hurt us. It hurt us bad," Warfield said. "I made a big
mistake. I was trying to run before I caught it."

McNabb's opportunistic 15-yard dash on first-and-20 helped set
up a 1-yard TD pass to rookie Tony Stewart for a 20-3 lead with
8:09 left in the third.

The Chiefs, 1-5 at home, managed only Todd Peterson's 29-yard
field goal until Trent Green's 3-yard TD pass to Derrick Alexander
that made it 20-10 with 3:02 left in the third. Dante Hall set up
the touchdown with a 59-yard kickoff return.

Kansas City was driving late in the fourth when Corey Simon
knocked the ball out of Priest Holmes' hands, with Bobby Taylor
recovering on the Chiefs 46. Then with 2:59 left, Al Harris
intercepted Green's pass at the 2.

The Eagles startled the Chiefs with an onside kick to open the
game. Dameane Douglas recovered on the Philadelphia 40, and Akers'
24-yard field goal made the Eagles the first opponent in seven
games to score against Kansas City in the first quarter.

"It was something we wanted to do to set the tempo of the
game," Philadelphia coach Andy Reid said. "From a coaching
standpoint, it sent a message to our players that we're going to go
after it in a tough place to play."

Said Kansas City linebacker Donnie Edwards, "They caught us
completely off guard."

Green was 19 of 33 for 208 yards, with one touchdown and one
interception.

A 15-yard face-masking penalty on Duane Clemons and McNabb's
34-yard pass to James Thrash gave the Eagles a first down at the 6
late in the second quarter. But Marvcus Patton's second sack of the
game pushed the Eagles back to the 15 and forced them to settle for
Akers' 33-yarder and a 13-0 lead.

"It was good to see Donovan hitting seven different receivers
and throw the ball downfield," Reid said. "Like I said before, a
majority of the reasons that didn't happen before was due to me."

Holmes, who had 120 yards in a 19-7 victory over Seattle on
Sunday, finished with 76 yards on 18 carries. He also caught eight
passes for 100 yards.

Game notes
Holmes is the first Chiefs running back with a 100-yard
receiving game since Dec. 23, 1990, when Todd McNair caught three
passes for 111 yards against San Diego. Holmes' 76 yards rushing
gave him 978 on the season, as he tries to become Kansas City's
first 1,000-yard rusher since Christian Okoye in 1991. ... Staley's
46-yard touchdown catch was a career long. ... Thrash bruised a
kneecap early in the game and left the game after aggravating the
bruise in the fourth quarter. ... In its eight losses, Kansas City
is minus-8 in turnover margin.