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

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Super Bowl champs showed up to ESPYs in style including a Philly Special homage


Super Bowl champs showed up to ESPYs in style including a Philly Special homage

The Super Bowl champs showed up to the ESPYs in style on Wednesday night out in Los Angeles.

Nick Foles may have taken home the hardware for best performance in a championship -- with a heck of a speech taboot -- but it was the Eagles secondary who won best dressed.

Or maybe just most outrageously baller. Tough to tell these days.

I mean, just look at what Rodney McLeod wore. Purple. No shirt.

The Green Goblin wasn't far behind. Personally, I liked Jalen Mills going with a vest that still showed off his tat.

And then there was Malcolm Jenkins adding a bit of class to the group.

But the sartorial flair that won the evening may have to go to former Eagle and current member of the Chicago Bears Trey Burton who kept the Philly Special close to his heart.

And shouts to Jake Elliott and his hat just because.

AP photos