PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb usually puts up these numbers
playing video games.
McNabb threw a career-high five touchdown passes in the first
half and finished with a team-record 464 yards passing, leading the
Philadelphia Eagles to a 47-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers
Brian Westbrook had 11 catches for 156 yards and three TDs and
Terrell Owens caught eight passes for 161 yards and one score.
McNabb set a team record by completing his first 14 passes and
"Statistically, it felt like playing a video game," McNabb
said. "We were clicking on all cylinders. We spread the ball
around. Everyone contributed. We sent that message out that week in
and week out we come ready to play."
Meanwhile, Brett Favre threw two interceptions that led to
Philadelphia's first two scores. His streak of games with a TD pass
was snapped at 37, second in NFL history to Johnny Unitas' 47
The four-time NFC East champion Eagles (11-1) matched the best
start in team history. They have won nine games by a double-digit
margin and hold a two-game lead over Atlanta for first place in the
Since losing to Pittsburgh 27-3 last month, the Eagles have won
four in a row by at least 20 points, outscoring their opponents
"I don't think there's any defense that can stop us,"
Westbrook said. "We can only stop ourselves with penalties and
The Packers (7-5) snapped a six-game winning streak, but
remained tied with Minnesota for first place in the NFC North.
"We can throw this one in the recycle bin," Favre said. "We
didn't play very well. We didn't give much of an effort."
A rematch of a thrilling playoff game 11 months ago, this one
never lived up to its hype. The Eagles scored four TDs in the
second quarter, led 35-3 at halftime and rested most of their
starters with 8:18 left.
The Packers were 72 seconds away from going to the NFC
championship game last January, before the Eagles converted a
fourth-and-26, tied the game in regulation and won in overtime.
Philadelphia then lost the NFC title game for the third straight
year, while Green Bay fired its defensive coordinator and agonized
over the loss throughout the offseason.
For one quarter, this game was competitive.
McNabb lost a fumble inside Green Bay's 25 on Philadelphia's
opening possession, but Favre was intercepted by Brian Dawkins on
the ensuing drive.
Three plays later, McNabb and Owens connected on a 41-yard
catch-and-run TD. Owens caught the ball at the 26, streaked down
the left sideline, broke one tackle and leaped into the end zone
for his 14th touchdown, breaking the team's single-season record.
"I just thank God for Donovan. It's special. I can't put into
words what he means to me," Owens said.
Favre drove the Packers to Philadelphia's 15 early in the second
quarter, but was intercepted by Sheldon Brown at the 7. McNabb then
led the Eagles 93 yards, tossing a 9-yard pass to Westbrook for a
McNabb threw a 41-yard TD pass to Westbrook on Philadelphia's
next drive, giving the Eagles a 21-0 lead. McNabb executed a
perfect play-fake to fullback Josh Parry, who has no carries this
season, and hit a wide-open Westbrook in the flat.
McNabb's 6-yard pass to L.J. Smith gave the Eagles a 28-0 lead,
and his 12-yard toss to Westbrook made it 35-0 in the second
David Akers kicked four field goals in the second half.
Favre finished 14-of-29 for 131 yards. Running back Ahman Green
wasn't a factor in his first game after sitting out with bruised
ribs last week.
Eagles coach Andy Reid broke Greasy Neale's franchise record
with his 67th win in his sixth season in Philadelphia.
"We're certainly not as bad as we looked," Packers coach Mike
Sherman said. "We're a lot better than we played."
The 1949 Eagles finished 11-1, before winning the NFL
championship. They started 11-1 in 1980, finished 12-4 and lost the
Super Bowl. ... Green Bay hasn't won in Philadelphia since 1962,
losing seven straight. ... McNabb has a career-high 28 TDs passes
this season. ... Owens became the first Eagles player to reach
1,000 yards receiving since Irving Fryar in 1997. He broke the team
record with his seventh 100-yard game. ... Favre's record streak of
starts moved to 220, counting playoffs, and is almost 100 more than
Ron Jaworski's previous NFL quarterback mark of 123. ... Favre has
thrown seven picks in his last five games
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