McNabb Takes Over As Eagles Win

With his ground game suffering from the loss of Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb took matters into his own hands and put away Green Bay to move the Eagles to 3-1.

Brian Westbrook just didn't feel right during pre-game stretching and was a late scratch from the Eagles' lineup. That left Correll Buckhalter to carry the load and he dropped the ball - literally.

After Buckhalter twice fumbled as the Eagles were closing in on the Packers' end zone, the decision was made to make him a non-factor in the offense. That's when Donovan McNabb took over and used his own legs to rush for two touchdowns.

The first half of the game was filled by two offenses that didn't get on track. The Packers managed three field goals and McNabb had a six yard touchdown run, as Green Bay led a lackluster game 9-7 at the half. By that time, Buckhalter had already fumbled twice. The first fumble came at the Packers' four yard line, but the Packers wound up punting after a five minute drive stalled. Buckhalter's second fumble - at the Green Bay 3 yard line - was quickly returned to the Eagles two plays later when Brett Favre fumbled a hand-off and Darren Howard recovered. After an incomplete pass to L.J. Smith, McNabb ran up the middle to put the Eagles on the board.

Relying more on the passing game and Ryan Moats to carry the ball, the Eagles looked rejuvenated in the second half. Moats carried the ball 7 times for 22 yards, but McNabb was the big story. He finished the night with 47 yards rushing and 16-for-30 passing for 288 yards.

McNabb spread the ball around as six different receivers combined for 14 catches. Greg Lewis was the favorite target as the Eagles got closer to the end zone and his two catches were both for touchdowns as the Eagles scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. Reggie Brown and Reno Mahe each had three catches to lead the staff in catches.

A banged up secondary was able to contain Favre for 205 yards and a 22-for-44 night throwing the ball. The Eagles defense again came up big, even without recording any sacks in the game. Matt McCoy led the defense with 7 solo tackles.


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