Final

Packers 17

(7-5, 4-2 away)

Eagles 47

(11-1, 6-0 home)

4:15 PM ET, December 5, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 0 3 0 1417
PHI 7 28 9 347

McNabb passes for five TDs in first half

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 on Sunday.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Packers at Eagles: Was this simply a bad day or have the Packers been exposed?

It's never been a secret that the Packers had a poor pass defense and the Eagles destroyed it. They found open spots, got the job done and embarrassed the Packers. They also did an excellent job of hitting them with screen passes and getting yards after the catch. The weakness of the Packers just showed its ugly head.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

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 finished 32-of-43.

"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 straight.

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 conference.

Since losing to Pittsburgh 27-3 last month, the Eagles have won four in a row by at least 20 points, outscoring their opponents 151-50.

"I don't think there's any defense that can stop us," Westbrook said. "We can only stop ourselves with penalties and mistakes."

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 14-0 lead.

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 quarter.

David Akers kicked four field goals in the second half.

Packers backup quarterback Craig Nall threw TD passes of 1 yard to William Henderson and 17 yards to Javon Walker in the fourth quarter.

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."

Game notes


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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Team Stat Comparison

 
Green Bay
Philadelphia
1st Downs2029
Passing 1st downs
1319
Rushing 1st downs
34
1st downs from penalties
46
3rd down efficiency
4-137-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays00
Total Yards276557
Yards per play--
Total Drives--
Passing226464
Comp-Att
22-4032-45
Yards per pass
5.710.3
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
5-274-15
Rushing5093
Rushing Attempts
1821
Yards per rush
2.84.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties12-998-89
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession26:1333:47

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTRAT.
Favre14/291314.50232.4
Nall8/11958.620138.3
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTRAT.
McNabb32/4346410.850147.8
Detmer0/200.00039.6

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green11373.4010
Fisher2105.005
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Levens7639.0045
Westbrook12373.1014

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Walker77210.31170
Ferguson36822.70310
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Owens816120.11450
Westbrook1115614.23500

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBPHI
phiTD6:59Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 1:10
06
phi6:59
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 1:10
07
SECOND QUARTERGBPHI
phiTD10:38Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 93 yds, 4:17
013
phi10:38
Drive info: 9 plays, 93 yds, 4:17
014
phiTD5:51Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 68 yds, 2:06
020
phi5:51
Drive info: 6 plays, 68 yds, 2:06
021
phiTD3:15Touchdown
Drive info: 3 plays, 52 yds, 1:10
027
phi3:05
Drive info: 3 plays, 52 yds, 1:10
028
phiTD1:52Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 32 yds, 0:09
034
phi1:52
Drive info: 2 plays, 32 yds, 0:09
035
gbFG0:06Ryan Longwell 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yds, 1:42
335
THIRD QUARTERGBPHI
phiFG11:41David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 3:15
338
phiFG7:13David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yds, 2:55
341
phiFG3:21David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 48 yds, 2:18
344
FOURTH QUARTERGBPHI
phiFG11:31David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yds, 3:46
347
gbTD11:10Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yds, 0:00
947
gb11:10
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yds, 0:00
1047
gbTD2:26Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 3:41
1647
gb2:26
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 3:41
1747