Akers Kick Gives Eagles 23-20 Win

While it may not have been a dominating performance, the Eagles had enough power to knock off the New York Giants to advance to the Divisional Playoffs. David Akers nailed a last second kick to give the Eagles a 23-20 win.

On their first three possessions, the Philadelphia Eagles offense looked dead in the water. On each of those possessions, they went three-and-out, not coming close to picking up a first down. After the Giants struck for an early 7-0 lead, things looked bleak for the Eagles.

It was Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress that gave the Giants an early 7-0 lead and put their defense to work. Later in the game, Burress would catch another touchdown pass to tie the game at 20-20. Between the two catches though he was held pretty much in check. For the first time this season, the Eagles kept Burress under the 100 yard receiving plateau as he finished the day with 89 yards in catches.

While the Eagles couldn't get on the board in the first quarter, they took over the game in the second quarter. Brian Westbrook broke off a 49 yard run and Akers' extra point tied the game at seven. The two teams traded field goals before Jeff Garcia hit Donte Stallworth for an 18 yard touchdown pass and a 17-10 lead headed for half-time.

Garcia finished the day with 153 yards passing, completing 17 of 31 passes on the day. Garcia hit eight different receivers with passes, including seven to Reggie Brown who finished the day with 73 yards in catches.

The Giants mounted a fourth quarter comeback, but left the Eagles time to march down the field for a last second field goal. The game winning drive started on the Eagles' 34 yard line with 5:04 left in the game. Westbrook gained 33 of his 141 yards rushing on the final drive of the game that ended with Akers nailing a 38 yard field goal.

The win sends the Eagles into the next round of the playoffs to face the New Orleans Saints. The Saints beat the Eagles 27-24 in week six of the season, winning on a last second field goal. For the Giants, the loss ends Tiki Barber's career and possibly, the reign of head coach Tom Coughlin. Barber is retiring and Coughlin could find himself replaced before he gets to fulfill his three-year contract that ends after next season.

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