Eagles down Vikings to book NFL clash with GiantsAsante Samuel Asante Samuel (born January 6, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Samuel was drafted from the University of Central Florida by the Patriots in 2003. returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown and Brian Westbrook For the defensive back, see .
Brian Collins Westbrook (born on September 2, 1979 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. added a scintillating scin·til·late
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3. 71-yard score as Philadelphia beat Minnesota 26-14 in the National Football League playoffs The National Football League (NFL) playoffs are a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the 16-game regular season to determine the NFL champion. Six teams from each of the league's two conferences qualify for the tournament based on regular season records, and a .
It was Samuel's fourth career playoff interception return for a touchdown - the most in NFL NFL
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And it helped the Eagles reach a second-round National Conference contest with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants
David Akers David Roy Akers (born December 9, 1974, in Lexington, Kentucky) is an American football placekicker who currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. The left-footed Akers is considered one of the premier kickers in the National Football League. added four field goals for the Eagles, who won their last game of the regular season but still needed two other teams to lose last Sunday just to book their playoff berth.
The Eagles won four of their last five games to earn a wild card spot, one of their December victories coming against the Giants.
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The Eagles were still defending the two-point lead they held at halftime when they took posession on their 29-yard line in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Westbrook then turned a simple screen pass into a 71-yard touchdown run, with help from textbook blocking by his teammates.
"We weren't able to establish the run, but that screen came at the right time," Westbrook said.
"It was the first screen we ran all game and it exploded into the biggest play of the game," added Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb Donovan Jamal McNabb (born November 25, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He played college football at Syracuse University. .
McNabb finished 23-of-34 passing for 300 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Westbrook totaled 121 total yards.
Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, playing in his first postseason game, made a costly mistake in the second quarter, when his sideline pass was reeled in by Samuel, who ran it 44 yards down the sideline for a touchdown and a 16-7 Eagles lead.
"That's the biggest time, that's what it's all about, the postseason and trying to get that big win," Samuel said. "I just try to step up, step my game up to another level every time. I've got the opportunity in the postseason. I helped my team out today and we got the victory."
Jackson finished 15-of-35 passing for 164 yards and one interception.
The Eagles struck first with a 43-yard first-quarter field goal from Akers.
As the first quarter ended, Akers connected on the longest field goal in Eagles playoff history with a 51-yarder for a 6-0 lead.
Minnesota seized a 7-6 lead in the second quarter on Peterson's explosive 40-yard touchdown run.
But Akers followed up with his third field goal before Samuels' interception and TD on the Vikings' next drive.
Peterson scored again just before halftime to narrow Philadelphia's lead at the break to 16-14 - where it stayed until the fourth quarter.
"That's how you win," Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown said. "You don't give them big plays and you get some yourself. It's pretty simple."