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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Birds Get Passed Giants

When the Eagles brought back Koy Detmer earlier in the week to hold for field goals, most of Philadelphia rolled their collective eyes. As David Akers lined up for a game-winning field goal with 3 seconds left in the game against the Giants, the Cowboys’ last-second flubbed field goal attempt causing them to lose the previous night fresh in our minds, Andy Reid seemed like a freakin’ genius.

The Eagles won a slop fest against the Giants, 23-20. Not much stood out as a positive for the Birds, but a win is a win, especially in the playoffs. Brian Westbrook looked good despite apparently being sick in the second half. The run defense still looks pretty bad, but tonight it didn’t matter.

Jeff Garcia had a so-so game, throwing for 153 yards and a TD. Bottom line, though, he didn’t throw any interceptions and led the game-winning drive.

The first weekend of the playoffs was almost perfect for Birds’ fans — the Eagles won a tough one, the Giants were sent home where they belonged, and Dallas lost on a flubbed field goal attempt. (On another note, Peyton Manning was yet again exposed as a fraud, but that’s a story for another day.) With New Orleans looming next week, the fun may be short-lived . . . but a win is a win, especially in the playoffs.

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