5:00 PM ET, December 22, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Over and over again, the Philadelphia Eagles fell just a few inches short -- and the San Francisco 49ers' confidence grew with each dramatic stop.
A late TD by Terrell Owens helped the 49ers defeat the Eagles.
Garcia, whose practice time was limited all week, admitted after the game that he has a cracked rib. He played with extra padding, saying it didn't greatly affect his throws. ... Mariucci won his first meeting with Eagles coach Andy Reid, his former colleague and close friend. ... The 49ers lost two starters to broken bones. Fullback Fred Beasley broke his right hand, while defensive end Chike Okeafor broke his right leg.