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.

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Eagles’ defenders have seen those moves from Boston Scott before

Eagles’ defenders have seen those moves from Boston Scott before

There were plenty of people surprised about Boston Scott’s breakout performance on Monday night against the Giants. 

Eagles defenders were not among them. 

After a year of trying to stop Scott in practice, they were aware of just how dangerous the 5-foot-6 running back can be. They weren’t even surprised about this devastating juke move Scott put on veteran corner Janoris Jenkins in the fourth quarter. 

Heck, it’s even happened to Rodney McLeod before. 

“Yeah,” McLeod said with a laugh. “Well, I don’t know about that bad. I gotta talk to Jenk about that one. But, yeah, he’s given me a move in the open field. He has a good change of direction ability and quick burst. Glad to see him making plays for us.”

In the 23-17 overtime win, Scott finished with 10 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown and added six catches for 69 yards.   

His 128 yards from scrimmage are the most ever in a game for the Eagles from a guy formerly on their practice squad. 

Scott finally got a chance to shine in a game, but he’s been shining in practice for a while now. Eagles defenders seemed happy that this time it was against Jenkins and the Giants.  

“He does that to us,” Nate Gerry said. “He’s done that for the last year.” 

Scott was a sixth-round pick by New Orleans out of Louisiana Tech last year. He arrived to Philadelphia last December after the Eagles signed him off the Saints’ practice squad. He spent the remainder of last year on the roster, but didn’t really get a chance to play. 

This offseason, Scott had a good training camp but Darren Sproles returned, which basically bumped him to the practice squad. He stayed there until Oct. 11 and didn’t really get a chance to play much until Monday night. 

But Scott was impressive all summer and even earlier this year in practice. 

“He definitely has that switch,” linebacker T.J. Edwards said. “He has that burst that’s a little bit different from others. You definitely saw that on the field, that they weren’t expecting because they didn’t know who he was. But he was definitely a big factor.”

Earlier this week, head coach Doug Pederson said Eagles will find a role for Scott in the offense going forward. With four games left, Scott might be able to make an impact. 

Based on the reactions in the locker room since Scott’s breakout performance, he seems to be a favorite of his teammates. Scott is the prototypical hard-worker, gets in early, leaves late, just needed a chance. He finally got it and made the most of it. 

“It wasn’t a surprise for me at all,” McLeod said. “I’m just really glad he got his opportunity to get out there and showcase what he can do.”

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