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Philadelphia Eagles make the biggest plays

Philadelphia Eagles make the biggest plays
Unimaginative play calling and inconsistent playmaking dogged the Philadelphia Eagles all season, and doubts about their character persisted entering their wild-card playoff game Sunday against the Vikings.

Here was a team that needed four victories in its past five games, plus a series of improbable losses by NFC contenders to pry open a postseason berth. Moreover, the Eagles faced a daunting task of trying to tame the Metrodome crowd and a Minnesota team that appeared to be hitting its stride.

No matter. The playoff-tested and crisis-molded Eagles showed they were worthy of the sixth and final NFC seed, unleashing playmakers on both sides of the ball to secure a 26-14 victory.

Brian Westbrook's 71-yard touchdown off a screen pass midway through the fourth quarter devastated the Vikings and earned Philadelphia a date with archrival and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants Sunday at the Meadowlands.

Westbrook's dash through the Vikings' defense punctuated quarterback Donovan McNabb's 300-yard afternoon and crowned the Eagles' offensive performance. But their defense was as clutch.

There is no finer ballhawk in January than cornerback Asante Samuel, who has turned the postseason into a one-man stage.

Shrugging off a hip injury that threatened his start, Samuel intercepted beleaguered Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson midway through the second quarter and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown and a 16-7 Philadelphia lead.

Jackson tried to hit Sidney Rice in front of the Vikings' bench, but Samuel, a two-time Pro Bowler, read the route perfectly and stepped in front of the throw for an easy pick.

It was Samuel's sixth interception return for a touchdown in the playoffs, tying him with Ty Law for second place all time behind Rodney Harrison of New England. Samuel also moved past George Teague and Ronnie Lott to the top of the return yardage list with 202.

"That's what it's all about," said Samuel, who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots before signing with Philadelphia this season as a free agent. "The postseason, it's time to get that big win, so I just tried to step my game up to another level every time I get an opportunity in the postseason. I helped my team out today, and we got the victory."

Flip a coin to determine which play had a greater impact in a game that featured only a handful of key moments.

Westbrook's touchdown came on the first play of a drive that started at Minnesota's 29-yard line with the Eagles clinging to a 16-14 lead.

Banged up with ankle and knee injuries all season, Westbrook was limited to less than 1,000 yards rushing, though his versatility out of the backfield is legendary.

He hauled in Donovan McNabb's screen pass and followed three offensive linemen into the heart of the Vikings' defense. He eluded Antoine Winfield's shoestring tackle near midfield and followed Kevin Curtis' downfield block of Cedric Griffin into the end zone to give Philadelphia a nine-point lead with 6:53 left.

"We needed it," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "We haven't utilized the screen game much prior to that. They were flying up the field, and Brian hit that son of a gun. He is tough to stop once he gets out there."

The play sucked the air out of the Metrodome and deflated the Vikings, who had no counterpunch. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams compared Westbrook's burst to a walk-off home run in baseball.

Meanwhile, the Eagles continue playing with house money, rolling into a divisional round only two weeks after reading their 2008 obituary after a horrific 10-3 loss at Washington.

They muddled through a tie against the pitiful Cincinnati Bengals, a setback more notorious for McNabb's misunderstanding of the league's overtime rules.

The following week at Baltimore, Reid yanked McNabb at halftime with the Eagles trailing by five points in a game they eventually lost 36-7, dropping their record to 5-5-1. Questions about the end of the Reid-McNabb era dominated Philadelphia.

All McNabb has done since is lead the Eagles to five wins in six games, throwing 10 touchdown passes against two interceptions.

"It is an exciting time for us in this locker room," McNabb said. "We come up next week against a tough Giants team that's coming off a bye week, so they're well rested."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 5, 2009

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