NFC Wild Card Live-Blog: Eagles @ Vikings, 2nd Half

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Had no idea Brian Westbrook was the equestrian type.

Hicks gets upended by Kyle Eckel after a 15-yard return. T-Jack hits Kleinsasser, who heads out past the 30 for a first down. No gain for AP's first carry of the half. 2 yards on the pitch to Taylor. Another big pass to Kleinsasser, 17 yards and past midfield.

Both RBs exchange getting stopped up after an offsides call on Trent Cole; 3rd and 5. Eagles blitz, knock the ball away from Jackson, but he falls on it. Loses 12 yards, fourth down. Kluwe to punt to DeSean Jackson, not much on the return -- but a flag, and it'll back up the Eagles even more for holding.

McNabb hits for a first down after two rushes that get nowhere, Avant brings in the catch at the 11. Donny Mac is hitting passes in stride; latest receiver is Brent Celek, who's got another first down at midfield. 2nd and 3 pass gets knocked down. McNabb throws behind Avant, but he catches it for five and a first down. Gain of two on a running play. 3rd down...McNabb gets off a pass....but they call it a sack, as his forward progress had been stopped. Punt to Bobby Wade at the 10.

Taylor gets six, AP three, and the drive comes up short. Punt, and DeSean Jackson returns it all the way back deep into Minnesota territory.

That was quick. Minnesota gets the ball right back after Jared Allen knocks the ball out of Donovan McNabb's hand as he was throwing.

Incomplete on first down from Jackson. AP up to the 49 on the next play, and that ends the third quarter. No fun at all, with the lack of scoring. 3rd down is incomplete to Berrian, with good coverage from Mikell. DeSean Jackson is back, lets the punt go, and the ball could either be downed at the 4, or it's a touchback -- and they say it's a touchback because his foot was still in the end zone.....it's reviewed, and overturned. Ball at the 4 yard line. An actual good challenge by Childress. Amazing.

Westbrook runs to the right -- and gets stoned at the line of scrimmage. 2nd and 9 to Avant -- leans out for the first down, much needed, too. McNabb then goes to Reggie Brown over the middle for nine yards. Westbrook gets three yards for the first down. Kevin Curtis is wide open at the 43 for another completion. Nothing for Westbrook there, followed by a false start. McNabb to Curtis for 8 on 2nd down and 15. 3rd down -- the rush is on, Brian Robison hits McNabb's arm as he's throwing, and it comes down incomplete.

Sav Rocca's punt goes out of bounds. Vikes start at the 20. AP gets five yards on the carry. Jackson to Rice for 14 yards, out at about the 37, and I'm really getting sick of that damn horn they play in the Metrodome every Viking first down. Handoff to AP for one, stopped up by Chris Gocong. False start flag on Berrian makes it 2nd and 14. Sheldon Brown almost ripped that pass for a pick -- he stepped right into Berrian's route. Eagles bring the blitz on 3rd and 13, and Jackson throws it away from Shiancoe.

Kluwe's punt is only 36 yards, the Eagles will start with decent field position. Handoff to Westbrook....blocks up front, and he's in full gear! Brian Westbrook, 71 yards for the EAGLES TOUCHDOWN! Akers' extra point is good, 23-14.

Hicks' return is out to the 25. Three incomplete passes by Jackson later (and a near pick by Dawkins), Kluwe will punt again. DeSean gets three yards on the return at the Iggles' 24.

Hey, an actual screen pass for Westbrook, something Reid talked about but never did up until that point, and it got a touchdown!!!! In other news, Andy has discovered fire. - SSR
Andy Reid the only man that can hold Westbrook under 100 yds - JG
Before that TD, Westbrook went into the locker room to put on his Darren Sproles underwear. - Anon @ 7:22

Westbrook for a couple on the carry. 2nd and 7 loses yardage, as McNabb throws a screen to Celek, who gets whacked by Madieu Williams. Westbrook gets 11, but is short of the first down -- ugh, punt again....Yawn.

Vikes start at their own 15, incomplete to Wade. Jackson throws out of the reach of Shiancoe. Another incomplete, but a Philly linebacker gets called for roughing the passer with hands to the helmet, and an automatic first down. Jackson breaks the pocket, and rushes it all the way out to midfield. Low snap, fumbled, and recovered by Philly!

Westbrook for five or six. McNabb hits Celek again for a first down, forcing Minny to blow another time out. Rush by Westbrook, called back on holding, but declined by Minny. 2 minute warning and fourth down. Akers comes out and drills a fourth FG, 26-14, Eagles.

Just waiting for the clock to run out, guys...false start penalty. Another Taylor rush. Dawkins breaks up a pass. Another penalty, and eight seconds left. The game will end with a Philly win, 26-14. They're headed to the Meadowlands next week to play their division rivals, the Giants, and Arizona's headed to Charlotte to play Carolina.

104 Comments:

Westbrook: "Come on Seabiscuit, we have to go and feed Andy Reid."

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:23:00 PM  

I predict Eagles-33 Vikings-24

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:25:00 PM  

That damn song reminds me of my love life...

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:25:00 PM  

Andy is pissed cuz they got Jimmy Johns instead of Potbelly's and a bowl of oatmeal.

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:28:00 PM  

Peterson has been bottled up for the most part.

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:30:00 PM  

@49er - do you actually think Westbrook would let Reid eat that entire horse?

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:31:00 PM  

Though allowing 7 of 11 third downs, Andy Reid will still reward himself with a Slurpee.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:32:00 PM  

I pictured Reid as more of a "Big Gulp" type of person.

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:33:00 PM  

Jackson fields the punt inside the 10. Aren't you supposed to let it go if you are standing inside the 10.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:34:00 PM  

How does Minnesota not have a penalty? How does Ed Hochuli grade high enough to do a playoff game?
Where's Leonard Nimoy and the staff of "unexplained Mysteries" when we need them?

Casey Claus said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:35:00 PM  

Whoa, an actual stop?

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:35:00 PM  

@Mal, yah you are suppose to let it go into the end zone. But Jackson always has to field the ball. He always did it at Cal, and it would kill their drives.

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:36:00 PM  

The home team has gotten very few penalties this weekend.

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:36:00 PM  

I'm listening to XM 53, the AC/DC channel with the game on mute now, following your blog.
This is much better.

Casey Claus said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:38:00 PM  

Combined passer rating for Jackson and McNabb is 54.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:38:00 PM  

@Casey Claus - XM 39 Led Zep is good too.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:39:00 PM  

Isn't blitzing going to cause pressure MUMBLES???

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:39:00 PM  

That's twice in a row the Vikings have left Celik alone in the right flat.

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:40:00 PM  

Westbrook did make the flight to Minn. right?

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:43:00 PM  

The Eagles don't want this game.


Can this just end in a tie?

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:44:00 PM  

I wonder why nobody's ever mentioned Leslie Frazier for a head coaching job with all this focus on minority hiring in the NFL...big sack by the Vikings

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:44:00 PM  

Forward progress was stopped? That seems like a bad call.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:45:00 PM  

@SSR McNabb thinks it can.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:45:00 PM  

UK has tied UL with 20 secs left.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:47:00 PM  

UPSET ALERT: Boston College leads North Carolina 46-40, start of the second half.

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:47:00 PM  

DMac avoids a sack in the end zone. Matt Ryan is feverishly taking notes, or at least should be. McNabb throws another dart to Avant over the middle. Credit his offensive line for giving him ample time.

Brent Celek back-to-back first down catches. Magnum PI is loving it.

Has anyone seen Jared Allen? Didn't see him on the inactive list.

Who needs Randy Moss, when you can have Napoleon Harris (and Troy Williamson). Harris hugs DMac and they call it a sack. Akers can't kick fg no. 4, therefore Sav Rocca is back in the building, punting it back to the Vikes.

http://pricelesscommentary.blogspot.com/2009/01/vikings-vs-eagles-live-game-blog.html

PC said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:48:00 PM  

Sosa hit a 3 to win it for the Cards. Wow.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:48:00 PM  

MAL- Back seat Rhythm is rocking! I'm hoping they play "Thunderstruck" at an appropriate time.

Casey Claus said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:48:00 PM  
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Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:48:00 PM  

Thats a sweet pic kluwe, looks like you cut it out of a yearbook

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:49:00 PM  

My buddy just had a great line:
Gocong popped filled that hole like a Vietconc!

Casey Claus said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:49:00 PM  

Desean Jackson has a great return. But he jumped out of bounds to avoid getting hit by the punter! Grow a pair, Desean.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:50:00 PM  

McNabb may not have vomitted on the field again (yet) but he at least just threw up in his mouth a little.

Sorry for the visual, guys.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:53:00 PM  

Hey, Donovan how about going after ball, instead of angry hand gestures

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:54:00 PM  

Jared Allen gets off the inactive list and goes right around Tra Thomas. Strips McNabb faster than he can chug a bottle of moonshine. Vikes get the play they needed from the player they needed it from the most. In the words of Wayne Campbell, "GAME ON."

PC said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:55:00 PM  

I can't wait for pam oliver's report on this one:

Shiancoe appears to be questionable with a sprained babyleg.

Gibbon Jockey said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:56:00 PM  

Seriously, we need to get a nickname for that "we can't play rock on the way to break because someone's got a broken leg" version of the outro song.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:57:00 PM  

my prediction wasn't for the score it was time of possession....

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:58:00 PM  

Visante Shiancoe is out of the game. I wonder if he asked the trainer, "How'd it look?"

http://pricelesscommentary.blogspot.com/2009/01/vikings-vs-eagles-live-game-blog.html

PC said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:59:00 PM  

we'll just call it the "Fox injury commercial bumper"

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 6:59:00 PM  

I thought McCauley had a second foot down in play before he tapped that ball...

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:02:00 PM  

Looks like a good challenge from Major Dad.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:04:00 PM  

Avant is doing his best Welker impression.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:07:00 PM  

Did Nathan run off everybody else?

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:08:00 PM  

Now come on Eagles, start looking good on the Minnesota's side of field instead of your own side.

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:08:00 PM  

UPSET ALERT: BC leads UNC 63-56, 11 mins left.

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:08:00 PM  

Im here just really nothing going on in game to comment, Walrus and Major Dad are acting like competent NFL coaches

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:11:00 PM  

Has Sav Rocca punted more times than Mcnabb has completed passes?
sure seems like it

Casey Claus said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:13:00 PM  

BC now leads UNC by 14 with 9:22 left

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:13:00 PM  

Where is RickJamesBibleOwner? Did you catch the reference to Marty Mornhinweg doing a good job at something?

No fan of the Lions would believe that is possible. He probably taught Donovan McNabb everything he knows about overtime, like taking the wind rather than the ball when you win the coin toss.

Secor314 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:13:00 PM  

troy aikmans left ear took up that whole "Commentators" photo

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:14:00 PM  

I see that after dinner i didn't miss a damn thing. Thanks awful playoff game

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:17:00 PM  

who got beat up more as a kid? sheldon or leslie?

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:18:00 PM  

Aikman: "it hit him right in the hands" when the replay of that near pick by Brown clearly hits him in the facemask. Vikings third down offense is awful...

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:18:00 PM  

Joe buck did

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:18:00 PM  

Tarvaris makes Rex Grossman look like a freaking member of Mensa. What exactly does this guy do during the week because he sure isn't paying any attention to scouting reports or blitz package hot reads.

Gibbon Jockey said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:18:00 PM  

After Sheldon Brown dropped that INT, Troy's comments that followed included five conjunctions (3 ands and 2 buts).

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:19:00 PM  

WTF? I thought Taylor Hicks had dropped off the face of the planet...

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:20:00 PM  

i just got douche chills, screw you american idol

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:20:00 PM  

Taylor Hicks sang the National Athem? What, Fox couldn't get Clay Aiken?

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:21:00 PM  

Hey, an actual screen pass for Westbrook, something Reid talked about but never did up until that point, and it got a touchdown!!!!

In other news, Andy has discovered fire.

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:22:00 PM  

Before that TD, Westbrook went into the locker room to put on his Darren Spoles underwear.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:22:00 PM  

46er16, no there was a sexual harassment case; aikmen vs aiken. Ironic though, Troy doesn't remember it.

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:23:00 PM  

Andy Reid the only man that can hold Westbrook under 100 yds

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:23:00 PM  

+5 to jg.

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:24:00 PM  

bobby wade, one handed catch?? LOL, i think i just pee'd a little

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:24:00 PM  

This stinks. First, my Heels are getting blown out by BC, Philly looks like they're going to advance, the Dolphins lose, and I got passed over by the woman I had my sights on...

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:25:00 PM  

Stick a fork in purple people eaters, they're toast

Casey Claus said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:26:00 PM  

"There is a feeding frenzy."-Troy

Just ask Andy Reid about it.

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:26:00 PM  

Chris

Isnt that what Idol winners do (except Carrie Underwood) ?

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:27:00 PM  

No one eats the clocks like andy.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:27:00 PM  

at least you don't have jehovah's witness coming to your door telling you that your got aids.

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:28:00 PM  

as in sing the National Anthem for NFL games telecast by Fox, jg? Sure, although Carrie did sing the Anthem in Dallas for Thanksgiving a couple of years ago...

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:29:00 PM  

Lord

call the cops on them


That Andy Reid quote is borrowed from :"Dean Smith the last man to hold Michael Jordan under 20 pts"

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:32:00 PM  

Underwood is fairly popular on "country" radio stations

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:34:00 PM  

What a farcical game from both coaches, but the Eagles beat the Giants in the Meadowlands, they can do it again.

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:34:00 PM  

What do Michael Jordan and Chris Webber have in common?

They both won NCAA championships for North Carolina.

Anyway, Joe Buck seems surprised Tavaris Jackson is awful. Maybe calling only NFC East games, coupled with hating sports, leaves him unaware of things you could learn watching SportsCenter.

Secor314 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:35:00 PM  

ballgame

Chris in Tampa said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:35:00 PM  

Game over!!! Eagles to the Meadowlands.

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:35:00 PM  

Michael Vick looks good in a Vikings uniform. Oh wait that's TJack.

Speaking of boneheads, Matt Birk snaps the ball two inches off the ground. Eagles recover, not sure if the Vikings will do the same.

PC said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:36:00 PM  

Got to love Tavaris Jackson yelling at Birk. Maybe if he made some more plays earlier in the game, then they wouldn't have to run their hurry up offense.

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:36:00 PM  

Troy: "I don't know if we should give as much credit to Andy Reid as what he has gotten but you have to give credit to Donovan McNabb".

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:37:00 PM  

Everyone has been waiting for Cardinals-Panthers, rigggggggggggggggggggggggggght?

Secor314 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:38:00 PM  

UNC down 7 to BC with 1:23 left in the 2nd half.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:38:00 PM  

The refs don't want this game to end

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:40:00 PM  

Peyton Manning sucks.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:41:00 PM  

So as a Skins fan, this is the kind of play calling I can expect from the Zorn Star the next few years ?

Oh, who am I kidding Redskins One is probably on its way to Denver right now.

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:41:00 PM  

Do Joe-Troy only call AFC East games? Not to sound to much like Jerry Seinfield, But what is up with that.

49er16 said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:42:00 PM  

I really hate philip rivers too

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:43:00 PM  

Vishante offseason to do list:

1. Tape Subway $5 footlong commercial.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:44:00 PM  

jg, it will be like watching gremlins dismantle airplane engines in mid-flight.

Lord Nero said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:44:00 PM  

Eric Bienemy is again chewing out AP, doesn't he know he's Eric Bienemy and AP is... AP?

PC said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:46:00 PM  

Fantastic job S2N live blogging every game, and you didn't get many snoozers!

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:47:00 PM  

See you guys at the Fiesta Bowl.

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:48:00 PM  

BC on its way to upset UNC. Up 4 with 6 sec left and the ball.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:48:00 PM  

Troy: "You'd like to see the Eagles make the superbowl to see what Andy's beard would look like by then".

Mal said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:50:00 PM  

UNc goes down. Go VA Tech(playing Dukie V's)

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:51:00 PM  

BC knocks off UNC!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!

SSReporters said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:51:00 PM  

Fitting, Tavaris throws the game ball to McNabb.

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:51:00 PM  

SSR - I don't know if I can do that next weekend. Maybe pick the best two games.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:52:00 PM  

I guess the key to winning wildcard weekend is a bird nickname ( 3 of 4)

jg said...
Jan 4, 2009, 7:53:00 PM  

Secor@735: Buck/Aikman called the Vikings-Cardinals game in Week 15.

chuckyinjersey said...
Jan 4, 2009, 8:34:00 PM  

Can we please get a nickname for Jim Johnson. Dude looks like the Emperor from last two Star Wars movies

Anonymous said...
Jan 4, 2009, 8:38:00 PM  

I got a nice McNabb jersey from sport-jerseys.biz.

Vicky said...
Mar 17, 2009, 12:41:00 AM  

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