NEW YORK (RushPRNews) 01/11/09- It has been an interesting season for Eaglesâ€™ quarterback Donavan McNabb and the ride is not over. Not yet at least. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 23-11 at the Meadowlands to advance in the NFC Championship Game next week against the Cardinals in Arizona. Theis will be the Eagles fifth trip to the NFC title game in eight seasons.
â€œIt all starts with the defense,â€ said Eaglesâ€™ head coach, Andy Reid. â€œI know you win games with your defense in the National Football League.â€ Hard to argue with that assertion, especially in Philadelphiaâ€™s case. The Eagles are at there best when the defense is creating havoc for the opposition. I believe itâ€™s called organized chaos.
And so it is, the city of Brotherly love is buzzing about being one win away from seeing there local heroes in Super Bowl 43. On the flip side of things, the Giants now face a long off-season. “I am very, very disappointed,â€ Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “I am sorry to see the season come to an end. There is remorse for opportunities lost.â€
For the second time this season, the Eagles beat the Giants in their own backyard. Things looked very promising for the G-men, after Ahmad Bradshaw returned the opening kickoff 65 yards. However, with the ball deep in Eagles territory, New York had to settle for a field goal. From that point on, the inability to score touchdowns plagued that football team.
â€œWe didnâ€™t play our best and settled for field goals. Thatâ€™s not going to get it done in the playoffs,â€ said quarterback Eli Manning. Truth be told he was right. The Giants had to settle for five field goals attempts, two which missed the mark.
McNabb did not share Manningâ€™s redzone troublesÂ and threw for one touchdown and lunged across the goal line for another. Reidâ€™s men simply made more plays then the Giants. Plain and simple.
New Yorkâ€™s offense appeared off-rhythm and Manning was not himself making poor decisions and even worst throws in to the wind. Manning, selected to his first pro bowl, ended up 15-for-29 with two interceptions.
Coughlin continued to focus his game plan around Brandon Jacobs, who rushed for 92 yards in a losing cause.
The Eagles have won six of their last seven games, including playoffs matches and will look to extend that record in Arizona. Last time these two teams faced off, McNabb threw four touchdowns. That game rejuvenated him as well as his team.
Sun., Jan. 18
at Arizona (9-7, 2-0)
Philadelphia (9-6-1, 2-0)
Baltimore (11-5, 2-0)
at Pittsburgh (12-4, 1
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