Eagles soar past Packers, 47-17

The Philadelphia Eagles left no doubt who the best team is in the National Football Conference Sunday. Their statement to the Green Bay Packers was loud and clear.<p>

The Eagles exposed Green Bay's major weakness – its defensive secondary – and shut down every other facet of the Packers' attack en route to a 47-17 whipping at Lincoln Financial Field.

Fortunately for the Packers, the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Chicago Bears, keeping the Packers on top of the NFC North with a 7-5 record. Otherwise, Green Bay's rematch of the NFC Divisional playoff game Jan. 11 when Philadelphia edged the Packers 20-17 in overtime was a laugher.

The Packers were 72 seconds away from going to the NFC championship game last January, before the Eagles converted a fourth-and-26, tied the game in regulation and won in overtime. Philadelphia then lost the NFC title game for the third straight year, while Green Bay fired its defensive coordinator and agonized over the loss throughout the off-season.

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Packers return home to play the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars on each of the next two Sundays before finishing the season at Minnesota on Christmas Eve and Chicago on Jan. 2.

Throwing from their first play on, the Eagles (11-1) and quarterback Donovan McNabb picked apart the Packers' secondary like vulchers on road kill, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter. McNabb threw for five touchdowns and 303 yards passing overall in the first half as Philadelphia stormed to a 35-3 lead and quickly snapped the Packers' six-game winning streak.

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook had 11 catches for 156 yards and three touchdowns and wide receiver Terrell Owens caught eight passes for 161 yards and one touchdown.

Since losing to Pittsburgh 27-3 last month, the Eagles have won four in a row by at least 20 points, outscoring their opponents 151-50.

Brett Favre's streak of 36 consecutive games with a touchdown pass was also broken. Favre completed 14 of 29 passes for 131 yards and a pair of interceptions. Favre finished with a season-low passer rating of 32.4.

Less than a week after watching the St. Louis Rams pass for 405 yards in a loss to the Packers on Monday Night Football, the Eagles came out firing. McNabb, who finished with a team record 463 yards passing and a career-high five touchdowns, attempted a pass on 28 of the Philadelphia's first 33 plays in the game and dominated the Packers. McNabb completed his first 14 pass attempts and finished with a season-high passer rating of 147.8.

Green Bay's offense, ranked third in the league entering the game, was disjointed from its first play from scrimmage and never got on track. Of Green Bay's first seven possessions, the Packers were forced to punt five times and turned the ball over twice on interceptions.

"We just didn't make the plays we needed to make, obviously," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "We allowed (McNabb) to complete his first 14 passes. We didn't move the ball on offense. We need to control the ball better than we did. We didn't do that. There's a ton of things we didn't do very well tonight."

The Eagles, who have outscored their opponents 86-40 in the first quarter this season, took a 7-0 lead on McNabb's 41-yard touchdown pass to Owens with 5:57 left in the first quarter. Philadelphia began the drive on their own 42 after Favre was intercepted by safety Brian Dawkins in his attempt to tight end Bubba Franks.

The Packers squandered a scoring opportunity early in the second quarter. Two plays after Favre completed a 17-yard screen pass to running back Ahman Green to the Eagles' 10, cornerback Sheldon Brown picked off Favre's underthrown pass intended for wide receiver Donald Driver at the 7. The Eagles entered the game as the league's No. 1 red zone defense (37.5%). It was Favre's first interception in the red zone this season.

Philadelphia, which scored on its final eight possessions of the game, went ahead 14-0 on Mcnabb's 9-yard touchdown pass to Westbrook.

After forcing the Packers to punt on their ensuing possession, McNabb threw a 41-yard TD pass to Westbrook on Philadelphia's next drive, giving the Eagles a 21-0 lead. McNabb hit a wide-open Westbrook in the flat, and he scored his second touchdown of the game.

McNabb's 6-yard pass to L.J. Smith gave the Eagles a 28-0 lead, and his 12-yard toss to Westbrook made it 35-0 in the second quarter.

The Packers first got on the board on Ryan Longwell's 40-yard field goal 2 seconds before halftime.

Craig Nall came on in relief in the fourth quarter and made two touchdown throws. Nall was 8 for 11 for 95 yards with touchdown passes to William Henderson and Javon Walker.

Walker led the receiving corps with seven catches for 72 yards, including the 17-yard touchdown grab.

The defense registered four sacks during the game, one each from Ahmad Carroll, Grady Jackson, Cullen Jenkins and Aaron Kampman.

David Akers kicked four field goals in the second half for the Eagles.

Green wasn't a factor in his first game after sitting out the Nov. 29 game against St. Louis with bruised ribs.

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