Today in Philly Sports History: Westbrook Leads Eagles Past Giants in Playoffs, 2007

Today in Philly Sports History: Westbrook Leads Eagles Past Giants in Playoffs, 2007

After QB1 Donovan McNabb went down for the season in a Week 11 matchup with the Titans, few expected the then-5-5 Eagles to be a playoff contender come January. But surprisingly enough, under the guidance of veteran backup Jeff Garcia, the team rattled off five straight wins to finish the season at 10-6, good enough for a first round Wild Card matchup with the 8-8 New York Giants. (Not the strongest year for the NFC in general, to say the least, a disparity that would become abundantly clear come Super Bowl XLI).

As has often been the case when the Giants and Eagles meet up in recent years, Big Blue would have no answer for Brian Westbrook on January 7th, 2007. Westbrook abused the Giants for 141 yards on just 20 rushes, including a zig-zagging 49-yard run in the second quarter for a score. He was nearly matched on the other end by the G-Men's Tiki Barber, who ran for 137 yards in what would turn out to be the final game of his NFL career, but with the score tied at 20-20 late in the fourth, Westbrook helped make the difference with some key runs on a final Birds drive to get within field goal range. David Akers kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired, and the Eagles won 23-20.

The Eagles' (and more specifically, Jeff Garcia's) storybook season would come to an end a week later against the New Orleans Saints, as Garcia played decently and Westbrook was once again stellar--15-30 for 240, a score and no picks for the former, and 116 yards and two TDs for the latter--but were just outdueled on the other end by the Saints' Drew Brees and Deuce McAllister. The Saints squeaked out the 27-24 victory, and the Eagles had another trying, partially-McNabbless 2007 season ahead of them. Meanwhile, the Giants rebounded from both the loss and the departure of the franchise RB Barber with a 10-6 record and an eventual shocking upset victory in Super Bowl XLII against the 18-0 Patriots.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

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Whew! Sixers figure things out just in time

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Whew! Sixers figure things out just in time


CHICAGO — That momentum the Sixers had at the All-Star break must’ve had a hard time making the trip to the Windy City, but they got it when they needed it most.

Ben Simmons scored the last of his career-high 32 points from the line with 5.6 seconds left and the Sixers pulled out a 116-115 win in both teams’ return from the hiatus.

The Bulls had a pair of looks at a game-winner in the final seconds but the ball bounced away and left the Sixers with their sixth straight victory.

All-Star Joel Embiid added 30 points and 13 rebounds — his ninth straight double-double — to help the Sixers end their four-game road losing streak.

Simmons had 11 assists and seven rebounds to come close to his seventh triple-double and Dario Saric chipped in 13 to help the Sixers take the season series from the Bulls.

JJ Redick made a pair of free throws with 8.0 seconds left to cut the lead to a point, then Simmons drew a foul to put the Sixers ahead for good.

Up 93-91 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Sixers watched Bobby Portis score 10 points during a 12-5 run that gave the hosts a lead they wouldn’t lose until the final seconds. Portis, who missed the first of the Bulls’ final chances, finished with a career-best 38 points and Zach LaVine added 23.

• Chicago left the door open by missing four straight shots in the final minutes, but an Embiid turnover with about a minute to play kept the Sixers from tying the game at 112-112 or taking the lead. LaVine nailed a three-pointer at the other end to make it 115-110 and keep the Sixers scrambling.

• The Sixers jumped out to a 25-7 lead midway through the first quarter after making their first five three-point tries — including two by Embiid — but trailed, 69-67, at the break. Chicago’s Portis led the charge for the hosts by scoring 14, a dozen of which came on triples, in the second period.

• One more triple-double will put Simmons in some rare company. Hall of Fame enshrinee Magic Johnson was the last NBA rookie to record seven during the 1979-80 season.

• Justin Anderson, who left a Feb. 12 win over New York with a sprained right ankle and missed the Sixers’ finale before the break, did not play Thursday night. 

• Chicago benched center Robin Lopez and guard Justin Holiday on Thursday as the franchise joins several others in a race for the best odds in the NBA draft lottery. 

Sixers coach Brett Brown remembers days like that and said there’s more to the story.

“It didn’t beat me down, but you had to coach yourself a little bit,” Brown said of recent seasons. “We went overboard just with the relational side and the development side. Anything that fell under those two categories, we went overboard trying to help guys, help them get better, help them stay in the league.”

• The Sixers return home Saturday hoping to extend an 11-game winning streak at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers tip off against the Orlando Magic on Saturday at 5 p.m.