McNabb, Eagles send Green Bay, Favre packing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb juked and jived the way he
did early in his career. Brett Favre had a throwback night, too --
to his days of erratic interceptions.

McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair, leading the
Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on
Monday night.

Meanwhile, Favre, who has enjoyed many memorable moments on the
national stage throughout his 16-year career, would like to forget
this one. Favre misfired badly on several passes, including two
interceptions that led to Philadelphia scores.

He left with a slight head injury late in the fourth quarter,
but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he didn't think the injury was

McNabb finished 16-of-30 for 288 yards and had 47 yards rushing.
He scored on runs of 6 and 15 yards, and connected with Greg Lewis
on TD passes of 45 and 30 yards.

"I decided to go back to my style of play," McNabb said, "and
if the opportunity is there, take full advantage."

Once a feared runner, McNabb had just 55 yards rushing last
season when he was limited by injuries and missed the final seven
games because of a sports hernia.

"He kept running on us," Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman
said. "We were all trying to bring him down. He eluded a number of
sacks. Just give him some credit. He's a good player."

Favre was 22-of-40 for 205 yards and had a passer rating of
44.2. He didn't speak to reporters after the game, and a team
spokesman said he was complaining of headaches.

"It's in his head, a stinger," McCarthy said. "I think he
will be fine."

Playing without injured running back Brian Westbrook, the Eagles
started slow and trailed 9-7 at halftime following three field
goals from Green Bay's Dave Rayner, including a 54-yarder that was
right down the middle with plenty of distance. Correll Buckhalter,
starting for Westbrook, lost two fumbles inside the Packers 5 in
the first half.

But McNabb used his legs in the third quarter to ignite the
offense and lead the Eagles (3-1) to their third victory by a
double-digit margin.

"A sign of a good football team is you can buckle down and
change the wrongs to rights," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "There
were good things we did in the second half. It wasn't flawless."

On the opening possession of the third quarter, McNabb twice
kept the drive going by running for first downs on third-and-10. He
got 14 yards on his first dash and juked for 12 more to the Packers
42 on the second one.

David Akers then kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Eagles
a 10-9 lead, and they never looked back.

On Philly's next drive, Lewis blew past cornerback Ahmad
Carroll, caught McNabb's pass in stride inside the 5 and fought his
way into the end zone to give the Eagles a 17-9 lead.

After rookie defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey intercepted a tipped
pass and lost 12 yards on the return, McNabb and Lewis hooked up
again to put Philadelphia ahead 24-9. Lewis was wide open after
running a short out route, made the catch and easily streaked into
the end zone.

On the next series, Michael Lewis intercepted Favre's overthrown
pass at the Eagles 13 and returned it to the 34.

McNabb scored from 15 yards to put the Eagles ahead 31-9. It was
the first time in his career he had two rushing TDs in a game.

"I saw that Peyton Manning scored, so I had to outdo him,"
McNabb joked.

Green Bay played without running back Ahman Green (hamstring)
while cornerbacks Lito Sheppard (ankle) and Rod Hood (heel) joined
Westbrook (knee) on the sideline for the Eagles.

The Packers (1-3) have lost nine straight to the Eagles in
Philly since a 49-0 victory in 1962, when Vince Lombardi was
coaching Green Bay.

Both teams squandered opportunities early.

The Eagles drove to the Packers 2 on their second possession,
but Buckhalter mishandled the handoff from McNabb and Nick Barnett
fell on the ball.

After consecutive passes to L.J. Smith totaling 38 yards put the
Eagles at Green Bay's 4, Buckhalter fumbled again. Charles Woodson
recovered at the 3.

But Vernand Morency, who started in Green's place, gave it back
when he muffed the handoff two plays later and Darren Howard
recovered it at the Packers 6.

Buckhalter didn't get a chance to give it up this time. McNabb
threw an incomplete pass on first down and ran it in from the 6 on
the next play to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead.

"Big plays equal points and I thought that was a big factor in
the way the game got away from us," McCarthy said.

Rayner's 54-yarder in the second quarter got the Packers within
7-6. It tied Chris Jacke (1994) and Ryan Longwell (2001) for
longest field goal in team history. He put the Packers ahead 9-7
with a 46-yarder late in the first half.<

^Notes: Eagles starting wideouts Donte' Stallworth (hamstring)
and Reggie Brown (shoulder) both left the game in the fourth
quarter. They'll be evaluated Tuesday. ... Favre extended his
NFL-record streak for consecutive starts to 225. He's 17-14 on
Monday nights. ... Eagles FS Brian Dawkins passed Hall of Famer
Chuck Bednarik for most wins (86) with the team. ... Morency faced
the Eagles for the second time in four weeks, finishing with 99
yards on 26 carries. He had 13 yards on five carries in the season
opener, before he was traded from Houston to Green Bay.

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