4:30 PM ET, January 4, 2009
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN
MINNEAPOLIS -- Above the Metrodome's deafening noise, Donovan McNabb stayed poised.
• Eagles defensive back Asante Samuel set an NFL record with his fourth career postseason interception return for a touchdown, and Brian Westbrook turned a short pass into a 71-yard score midway through the fourth quarter to seal the win.
• Westbrook's catch was the second-longest play from scrimmage in Eagles postseason history, behind only a 75-yard scoring play from Jeff Garcia to Donte' Stallworth against the Saints on Jan. 13, 2007.
• Donovan McNabb threw for exactly 300 yards (23-of-34), his second career 300-yard game in the postseason and first since throwing for 357 yards in Super Bowl XXXIX against the Patriots.
• The Eagles' win was their seventh straight in a playoff opener, the longest active streak in the NFL.
-- ESPN research
Brian Westbrook's 71-yard touchdown reception was the only significant yards after the catch (YAC) by the Eagles receivers vs. the Vikings. Here's the breakdown:
|Westbrook||Rest of team|
Here We Go Again
The Eagles victory over the Vikings sets up a playoff showdown with the Giants for the second time in three years and fourth time in postseason history. Here's a quick look at those games:
|'08 NFC Divisional||New York||?|
|'06 NFC Wild Card||Philadelphia||Eagles 23-20|
|'00 NFC Divisional||New York||Giants 20-10|
|'81 NFC Wild Card||Philadelphia||Giants 27-21|
Jackson had 109 yards of punt return yardage, to just 1 yard by the Vikings on four Eagles punts. ... Peterson had 17 yards on eight carries after halftime. ... The Vikings lost S Darren Sharper to a sprained ankle in the second quarter. ... Akers went 4-for-4 in his field-goal attempts.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.8||4.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||06:44||David Akers 43 Yd||3||0|
|FG||00:00||David Akers 51 Yd||6||0|
|TD||11:05||Adrian Peterson 40 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||6||7|
|FG||07:29||David Akers 31 Yd||9||7|
|TD||06:34||Asante Samuel 44 Yd Interception Return (David Akers Kick)||16||7|
|TD||01:51||Adrian Peterson 3 Yd Run (Ryan Longwell Kick)||16||14|
|TD||06:37||Brian Westbrook 71 Yd Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick)||23||14|
|FG||01:55||David Akers 45 Yd||26||14|