Final

Eagles 20

(7-5-1, 3-3-1 away)

Giants 14

(11-2, 6-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 7, 2008

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 3 7 0 1020
NYG 0 7 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 191 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 33 CAR, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 6 REC, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Eagles stun Giants but Cowboys' loss gives NY division title

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and the desperate Philadelphia Eagles proved more of a headache for the New York Giants than all the chaos surrounding Plaxico Burress.

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Westbrook ran 30 yards for a touchdown, caught another 40-yarder from McNabb, and the Eagles defense limited the Giants to 211 total yards in a 20-14 victory Sunday that ended the Super Bowl champions' seven-game winning streak and prevented them from clinching the NFC East -- at least for a few hours.

The Giants (11-2) still won the division title when Pittsburgh beat Dallas 20-13 later Sunday.

"I just think we kind of beat them," said Eagles tight end L.J. Smith, who has six catches for 44 yards. "It's tough to say. That's one of those: 'How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll?' Who knows if the distractions hurt them and helped us? I don't know."

The statistics were all Philadelphia (7-5-1).

McNabb finished 19-of-30 for 191 yards on a windy day that the Eagles controlled the ball for almost 35 minutes. Westbrook was the workhorse, gaining 131 yards on a season-high 33 carries and catching six passes for 72 yards. The defense limited New York's league-leading rushing game to 88 yards.

Fast Facts

• Brian Westbrook had a TD rushing and receiving as the Eagles snapped the Giants' six-game home win streak and seven-game win streak overall.

• Westbrook rushed for 131 yards -- his most against the Giants -- and had 72 receiving yards for a total of 203 yards from scrimmage. It's the second time this season he's totaled over 200 yards from scrimmage. His 9,085 career yards from scrimmage are the most in Eagles franchise history.

• In the Giants' two losses this season, they allowed exactly 144 rushing yards in both games.

• One week after throwing for a season high 305 yards, Eli Manning threw for a season-low 123 yards.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

"This was a big win," Westbrook said after the Eagles won their second straight game. "But we're in a position now where we have to win them all."

The Giants (11-2) could still win the division title Sunday if Pittsburgh beat Dallas later Sunday.

However, this is going to remembered as the game the Super Bowl champions came up empty on offense and defense after a week of scrutiny and media hype following the suspension of Burress for the rest of the season in a wake of nightclub shooting.

It also didn't help that there is an ongoing investigation into the role of middle linebacker Antonio Pierce in the aftermath of the incident in which Burress shot himself.

"It's a great story," defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said. "I'm glad you can use it, but it's a dead issue with us."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin also downplayed the distraction theory.

"We didn't play well," he said. 'We didn't play the way we had been playing. We're a better football team than that. As far as all those other things go, that's all speculation."

Pierce, who talked to investigators in the office of the Manhattan district attorney Friday, was nowhere to be found on Westbrook's 30-yard run. He also was three steps behind on a crossing pattern on the clinching TD in the fourth quarter.

"It was just a bad game," said Pierce, who had a game-high 15 tackles.

It didn't help that Eli Manning didn't have Burress as a target.

In his place, Domenik Hixon dropped a 50-yard pass right in his hands with New York trailing 3-0 in the first half.

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"I should have caught the ball," said Hixon, who had three catches for 30 yards.

New York scored late in each half. Kevin Dockery returned a blocked field goal 71 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, and Manning (13-of-27 for 123) found Darcy Johnson for a 1-yard TD pass with 15 seconds to go.

The loss opened up the NFC race again. Until Sunday, the Giants were the dominant team. The Eagles gave everyone hope, beating the Giants at their own game: defense and ball control.

"It was one of those days where their defense didn't play as well as they had in the past and we played very well," Westbrook said.

The Giants, who had overcome the retirement of Michael Strahan, a season-ending preseason knee injury to Osi Umenyiora and a suspension and hamstring injuries to Burress earlier this season in going 11-1, did almost nothing right in the first half.

The one play they got right was the blocked field goal at the end of the first half with Philadelphia looking to extend a 10-0 lead.

With David Akers kicking into a swirling stiff wind, defensive end Justin Tuck got a hand on the ball, knocking it toward midfield. Dockery picked the ball up, stumbled forward in breaking a tackle attempt by Eagles guard Todd Herremans, regained his balance and scooted into the end zone for a score that prevented the Giants from being shut out in the first half for the first time since 2004 against Washington.

The officials held a conference in the end zone and let the score stand.

Until then, the first 30 minutes were marked by Giants' mistakes, particularly by the offense, which never got anything going after an ill-advised end around by rookie Mario Manningham lost 12 yards on their opening drive.

Hixon, who had been outstanding in filling in for Burress on three other occasions, dropped the long pass moments after Akers kicked a 51-yarder on the final play of the first quarter.

Rookie safety Kenny Phillips missed a third-down tackle early on a 77-yard drive that Westbrook ended with a 30-yard run on a play that first appeared to be stuffed at the line.

Even the sure-handed Steve Smith dropped a fourth-down pass on play from the Eagles 42.

Even when the Giants scored on the blocked field goal, there were mistakes. Pierce was called for two penalties that kept the drive moving.

Game notes


Giants CB Aaron Ross injured an ankle in the first half and didn't return. ... Giants HB Brandon Jacobs left in the third quarter with a knee injury that isn't believed to be serious. ... On his 40-yard TD catch, Westbrook surpassed Harold Carmichael (9,042) as the Eagles career leader in yards. ... Philadelphia WR Kevin Curtis left with a concussion. ... Philadelphia stopped the Giants on all four fourth-down attempts.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Philadelphia
NY Giants
1st Downs2414
3rd down efficiency
12-183-11
4th down efficiency
0-00-3
Total Yards331211
Yards per play4.64.1
Total Drives01
Passing191123
Comp-Att
19-3013-27
Yards per pass
6.44.6
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-00-0
Rushing14088
Rushing Attempts
4224
Yards per rush
3.33.7
Penalties9-736-43
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Possession34:5425:06

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb19/301916.4100-0
NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning13/271234.6100-0

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook331314.0130
McNabb6162.7011
NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jacobs10525.2023
Ward8394.9015

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook67212.0140
Smith6447.3012
NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith44711.8019
Hixon33010.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHINYG
FG00:00David Akers 51 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERPHINYG
TD01:52Brian Westbrook 30 Yd Run (David Akers Kick) 100
TD00:00Kevin Dockery 71 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (John Carney Kick) 107
FOURTH QUARTERPHINYG
TD13:38Brian Westbrook 40 Yd Pass From Donovan McNabb (David Akers Kick) 177
FG02:09David Akers 34 Yd 207
TD00:15Darcy Johnson 1 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (John Carney Kick) 2014