Final

Packers 14

(2-9, 1-5 away)

Eagles 19

(5-6, 4-1 home)

4:15 PM ET, November 27, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 7 0 014
PHI 10 0 3 619

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 171 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 20 CAR, 120 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Driver (GB) - 3 REC, 50 YDS

Eagles snap four-game skid, rough up Favre, Packers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Without Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles' best scoring threat is a kicker.

It was over when ...
The Eagles intercepted a Brett Favre pass with 59 seconds remaining, ensuring the Packers couldn't overcome a five-point deficit.
Game ball goes to ...
David Akers, who kicked four field goals, and Mike McMahon, who was efficient and error-free in his second straight start in place of the injured Donovan McNabb.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen I think the question as to whether it's time to start giving Aaron Rodgers some snaps is a valid one. There's no question that Rodgers is receiving more snaps in practice; Brett Favre doesn't need them because of his veteran status on the team. The Packers aren't going to make the playoffs so the decision will have to be made by Favre. He's going to be the catalyst for this decision, because if he decides to come back next season then Rodgers shouldn't receive any snaps; if not, then it's time for Rodgers to get his chance.
-- Eric Allen

David Akers made four field goals and quarterback Mike McMahon played an efficient, error-free game, leading Philadelphia to a 19-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The reigning conference champion Eagles (5-6) snapped a four-game losing streak with their first win since Oct. 23 against San Diego.

"We didn't have a great offensive effort, but we found a way to win," said McMahon, who started his second straight game for the injured McNabb.

Samkon Gado ran for 111 yards and one touchdown for the Packers.

Green Bay (2-9) assured its first losing season since Brett Favre took over as starter in 1992, a run of 13 years that was the best in the league.

"We had a chance to win the game, but we find ways to let it slip away," Favre said. "We've had a chance to win every game, but we've won only two of them."

Playing without four players who went to the Pro Bowl last season -- Owens, McNabb, cornerback Lito Sheppard and left tackle Tra Thomas -- the Eagles hardly resembled the team that went to the last four NFC Championship Games and lost the Super Bowl 9½ months ago.

McMahon completed 12-of-28 passes for 91 yards and ran for 29 yards. He led a 12-play, 60-yard drive that lasted 6:10 and ended with Akers' 37-yard field goal that put the Eagles ahead 16-14 with 4:31 left.

"It's not always pretty, but it's nice to get a win," said Akers, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who missed four games and parts of two others with a hamstring injury this season.

After Andrae Thurman fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Akers made a 33-yarder.

Favre was intercepted by Roderick Hood with 1:26 remaining, but a roughing penalty on rookie Trent Cole kept the drive going. Hood then picked off Favre in the end zone.

Brett Favre's worst statistical seasons
Season INTs Record
1993 24 9-7
1999 23 8-8
1998 23 11-5
2003 21 10-6
2005 19 2-9
2004 17 10-6

McNabb decided earlier in the week to have season-ending surgery for a sports hernia. Sheppard (ankle) and Thomas (back) also need operations.

Owens was suspended four games and told not to return to the team on Nov. 7 following a series of incidents, including saying the Eagles would be better off with Favre instead of McNabb.

Favre misfired on nine of his first 10 passes and finished 15-of-33 for 171 yards, one TD and two interceptions.

After falling behind 10-0, Green Bay took just three plays to cut the deficit. Favre completed a 23-yard pass to Donald Driver, Gado ran 18 yards and scored on a 33-yard run. Gado broke a tackle at the line, spun completely around Brian Dawkins and ran in for his fourth TD in five games.

The Packers went ahead 14-10 on Favre's 13-yard TD pass to David Martin with 35 seconds left in the half.

"When you turn the ball over as many times [five] as we did, I don't care if we're the '96 Super Bowl team, you can't turn the ball over to the degree we did and expect to win," Packers coach Mike Sherman said.

Akers kicked a 44-yarder to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead. ReShard Lee fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Philadelphia went ahead 10-0 on Brian Westbrook's 27-yard run two plays later.

Westbrook ran up the middle, cut back near the 20 and sprinted untouched into the corner of the end zone. He finished with 117 yards rushing.

"Our left side collapsed their defensive right side and I was able to cut back," Westbrook said.

Akers made a 38-yarder to cut it to 14-13 in the third quarter. Westbrook ran 22 yards to the Packers' 24 on a fourth-and-1, but the drive stalled.

Favre tossed his 18th interception of the season when safety Michael Lewis picked off his pass in the end zone in the second quarter. He has 19 TDs and 19 picks this season.

The Eagles completely dominated the Packers in their previous meeting, racking up 542 yards in a 47-17 victory here last Dec. 5. The Eagles beat the Packers 20-17 in an overtime playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field in January 2004. In that game, McNabb completed a 28-yard pass to Freddie Mitchell on fourth-and-26 in the final minutes, setting up a tying field goal.

The Eagles and Packers have combined to win seven division titles over the past four seasons. They have a total of seven victories combined this year.

Game notes


Packers tight end Bubba Franks was carried out on a stretcher and went to a hospital for X-rays on his neck. He will be kept overnight for precautionary reasons. ... Gado lost a fumble after a catch in the third quarter. He had three fumbles in his previous two games, but the Packers recovered each one. ... The Eagles are 7-0 against the NFC North since the divisions realigned in 2002. ... Philadelphia is just 2-5 in the conference. ... Rookie running back Ryan Moats, inactive for nine of the first 10 games, ran for 24 yards on six carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Green Bay
Philadelphia
1st Downs1815
3rd down efficiency
6-144-16
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Yards292264
Yards per play4.64.1
Total Drives00
Passing16488
Comp-Att
15-3312-28
Yards per pass
5.03.1
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-71-3
Rushing128176
Rushing Attempts
3035
Yards per rush
4.35.0
Penalties7-407-50
Turnovers51
Fumbles lost
31
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession28:5531:05

Passing Leaders

GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre15/331715.2121-7
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McMahon12/28913.3000-0

Rushing Leaders

GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gado261114.3133
Fisher294.507
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook201206.0127
Moats6244.0012

Receiving Leaders

GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver35016.7023
Martin44110.3113
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith22814.0016
Lewis22211.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGBPHI
FG7:44David Akers 44 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 13 yds, 2:55
03
TD8:06Brian Westbrook 27 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 32 yds, 1:15
010
TD9:15Sam Gado 33 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 74 yds, 1:09
710
SECOND QUARTERGBPHI
TD14:25David Martin 13 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 44 yds, 1:57
1410
THIRD QUARTERGBPHI
FG8:20David Akers 38 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 63 yds, 5:01
1413
FOURTH QUARTERGBPHI
FG10:29David Akers 37 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 60 yds, 6:10
1416
FG13:11David Akers 33 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 10 yds, 2:36
1419