Monday, September 24, 2007

Birdseed; Eagles - Lions

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, today's game marked the first time in NFL history that two players had 200+ yards receiving in the same game (whether they were opponents or teammates). The Eagles Kevin Curtis registered 221 yards on 11 catches, while the Lions Roy Williams posted 204 yards on 9 catches … Curtis’ 221-yard outing was the 2nd-highest single-game performance in franchise history. (Hall of Fame WR Tommy McDonald had 237 yards vs. the Giants on December 10, 1961)

*The 56 points scored tied for the second-most in Eagles regular-season history and were the most scored by Philadelphia in the regular season since a 56-17 win over the Chicago Cardinals on October 25, 1953 (The Eagles scored 58 points in an NFC Wild Card victory over Detroit in 1995) … The Eagles scored touchdowns on each of their first five possessions en route to a team record 42 first-half points.

*The Eagles defense recorded nine sacks of Lions Jon Kitna, which is tied for the second-highest single-game total in franchise history. Three Eagles - Trent Cole (3), Brodrick Bunkley (2), and Juqua Thomas (2) - recorded 2+ sacks in the same game for the first time in team history (The NFL began compiling sacks in 1982).

*Donovan McNabb completed a career high 80.8% of his passes (21 of 26) for 381 yards and 4 TDs for a perfect 158.3 QB rating, also a career high. His 381 yards were the third-best total of his career and the 6th best total in team history. It was the 7th time he fired four TDs in a game and the 3rd time he’s completed over 80 percent of his passes. He completed 18 consecutive passes during the game, his second-longest streak since completing an NFL record 24 consecutive passes over two games in 2004.

*According to Stats, Inc., Brian Westbrook became the 7th player in NFL history to record 110+ yards rushing and 110+ yards receiving in the same game joining:

Kansas City’s Priest Holmes (11/24/02 vs. Sea) 197 rush 110 rec 307 total
Dallas’ Herschel Walker (12/14/86 vs. Phi.) 122 rush 170 rec 292 total
Minnesota’s Darrin Nelson (11/13/83 vs. GB) 119 rush 137 rec 256 total
San Diego’s Lionel James (9/22/85 vs. Cin) 127 rush 118 rec 245 total
Cincinnati’s Essex Johnson (9/30/73 vs. SD) 121 rush 117 rec 238 total
St. Louis’ Ottis Anderson (11/18/84 vs. NYG) 111 rush 112 rec 223 total

Westbrook became the first Eagle to rush for two touchdowns in the first quarter since Charlie Garner did so at San Francisco on October 2, 1994 … Westbrook set a career high with 221 total yards from scrimmage and tied a career high with 3 total touchdowns.

*The Eagles defense held the Lions to just 39 yards rushing (12 rushes), the lowest total permitted since holding the Chargers to 21 yards on 22 carries on 10/23/05. The Eagles have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 6 straight regular season games.

*For the first time in team history, the Eagles featured a 100-yard rusher (Brian Westbrook – 110 yards), a 200-yard receiver (Kevin Curtis - 221 yards), and a 300-yard passer (Donovan McNabb – 381 yards) in the same game. It was the 8th such occurrence in team history in which the Eagles had a 100-yard rusher, 100-yard receiver, and a 300-yard passer. McNabb threw for 302 yards, while Westbrook ran for 101 yards and caught passes for 113 yards on October 22, 2006 at Tampa Bay.

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, WR Kevin Curtis and RB Brian Westbrook became the first pair of teammates in NFL history to score three touchdowns in the same half.

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Donovan McNabb’s perfect QB rating of 158.3 with 26-or-more pass attempts was the fifth such occurrence in the NFL since the passer rating system was implemented in 1973. The others:

Ken O’Brien, NYJ vs. Sea 11/02/86 32 attempts
Chris Chandler, Hou vs. Cin 9/24/95 26 attempts
Kurt Warner, StL vs. SD 10/01/00 30 attempts
Kerry Collins, NYG vs. Ind 12/22/02 29 attempts

*McNabb’s Movin’ on up … With 22,885 career passing yards, McNabb moved past Randall Cunningham (22,877) and into 2nd place on the club’s list. He trails Ron Jaworski (26,963) by 4,078 yards … With 3,364 career pass attempts, McNabb moved past Randall Cunningham (3,362) into 2nd place on the club’s all-time list. He trails Ron Jaworski (3,918) by 554 attempts.

* Three Eagles running backs – Westbrook, Correll Buckhalter, and Tony Hunt – each scored rushing touchdowns in the same game for the 2nd time in team history. Ollie Matson, Earl Gros, and Izzy Lang each reached the end zone on December 12, 1965, vs. Pittsburgh … The last time an NFL team accomplished this feat was December 10, 2006, when Jacksonville RB’s Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Alvin Pearman each scored vs. Indianapolis.

*Starting for the first time in his five-year NFL career for an injured Brian Dawkins, S Quintin Mikell recorded his first career sack while adding a fumble recovery.

*DE Trent Cole currently leads the NFL with 5 sacks. His career-high 3.5 sacks vs. the Lions was the 7th multiple-sack game of his 34-game career … Westbrook leads the NFL with 514 total yards from scrimmage (291 rushing, 223 receiving) … DT Brodrick Bunkley recorded the first two sacks of his NFL career … DE’s Jevon Kearse and Darren Howard each played in their 100th regular season game yesterday.

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