Game-by-Game Analysis of the Second Half of the Eagles' 2009 Season
A continuation of my first article.
With the Eagles 6-1, they are in a mission to go to the post season.
Facing a tough loss at week 8, the Eagles were on a mission to get back on track. What better way then taking out the anger on the cowboys.
Week 9 vs Dallas
No T.O., no problem. At home, the Eagles' defense made Tony Romo look like David Carr. With a season high of eight sacks, the Eagles were back on track. The Eagles win 27-10.
Week 10 @ San Diego
After their easy win over Dallas, the Eagles travel across country. To visit the chargers.
The last west coast trip ended in a game winning field goal, and this game didn't seem to be different.
The Eagles started out fast, with a 13-3 lead at half time.
In the third quarter, Phillip Rivers woke up and made this a game.
They continued to fail in making touchdowns and continued to call on Akers to bail the offense out.
With the score 19-13, Eagles, the defense was forced to step up.
Unfortunately, the defense wasn't up to the task and allow Darren Sproles to score with a well executed screen play.
With the score now 20-19 chargers, the Eagles were forced to get into field goal range so that, Akers can hit a game winning field goal.
With five seconds left, the Eagles were in position to make a 53 yard field goal, but Akers kicks it wide right.
The Eagles lose another close one and move to 7-2.
Week 11 @ Chicago
Trying to get past their disappointing loss in San Diego, the Eagles have no problem at Chicago.
After losing two consecutive years against Chicago, Brian Westbrook wanted a change.
With no receivers to pass it to, Jay Cutler has a rough game.
The Eagles on the other hand, had a nose for the end zone.
Brian Westbrook finishing the game with 138 yards, two touchdowns, and rookie running back adding 60 yards with two more scores.
The running backs carrying the team to a 35-9 win and improve to 8-2.
Week 12 vs Washington
Since starting out slow in their first appearance against the 'skins, the Eagles were determined not to begin the game in the same way.
With the running game unable to establish, the Eagles were forced to put it in the air.
Jackson and Maclin stepping up, each ending with a touchdown at the half.
With the score 17-10 at half time, the Eagles were looking to fly away from the redskins.
McNabb adds to his stats and throws another touchdown, this time to Avant.
With the score now 24-10, Weaver closes the game by scoring a three yard touchdown at the goal line.
Eagles win 31-10, modifying their record to 9-2.
Week 13 @ Atlanta
With the Falcons undefeated at home, the Eagles were determined to change that.
Falcons with no success on the ground, were force to make second year starter Matt Ryan go through the air.
He did just that making the Eagles' defense struggle. Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White both found the end zone making it a good game between the two.
The Eagles trailed 21-24 In the fourth quarter, but Kevin Curtis helped the Eagles take the lead with three minutes remaining.
Losing 28-24 with three minutes remaining, forced Matt Ryan to take the team down the field to score a touchdown.
Making quick passes to his wide receivers and a nice screen play by Norwood set the Falcons in a good position to go for the go ahead score.
With 30 seconds left in the game, Matt Ryan finds Tony Gonzalez at the corner of the end zone beating Demps on the Jump ball.
With the Eagles trailing 31-28, McNabb was forced to make some magic. Unfortuantely, not enough time on the clock and cause Eagles to fall 9-3.
Week 14 @ New York Giants
December isn't a month in which the Eagles particularly lose. They lost their first December game at Atlanta and now are forced to travel to New York.
The Giants took the first game at Philadelphia, which meant that the Eagles haven't forgotten.
Unlike the first meeting, this was going to be a close, nice defensive game.
Both teams showed why they both are the top ranked defenses in the NFC. They continued to pressure each other and found it hard to put points on the board.
Eagles leading 10-9 at the end of the third quarter, seemed to gain confidence against the Giants' defense entering the fourth.
A McNabb to Engram touchdown pass made the score 17-9, with six minutes remaining.
The Giants got the ball back, only to turn the ball over with a pick-six from Sheldon Brown.
With the score 24-9, the Giants scored a touchdown, but too late.
The Eagles winning 24-16 and improving to 10-3.
Week 15 vs San Fransisco
With a close win against the Giants, the Eagles come back home to face the 49ers.
The Eagles showed no signs of slowing down and wanted to go with momentum to face Denver.
The Eagles roll and put a forty burger on the Niners, improving their record to 11-3.
Week 16 vs Denver
What every Philadelphia Eagles fans were waiting for, the return of Dawkins.
The crowd rising to their feet and giving him a nice warmed welcome. Unfortunately, that was all the Eagles gave him.
The Eagles burned their defense, staying away from Champ Bailey and the MVP, Donovan McNabb kept on scoring points.
The offense was on fire, having a field day.
The defense couldn't really get to Orton, but did a good job in stopping Moreno.
The Eagles spoil the return of Dawks and Buck, with a 28-17 win.
Week 17 @ Dallas
With the last game of the season, the Eagles needed to win this game in order to lock up the division from the Giants.
The Cowboys at home could never find the rhythm, and was having trouble stopping the birds.
The only player having success for the cowboys was Barber.
The Eagles had troubles stopping the run, but Barber himself couldn't beat the Eagles.
Pro bowler, Brian Westbrook breaks a 50 yarder which guaranteed them NFC east champs.
The Eagles finish 13-3, entering the playoffs ready to make some noise.
This is how the Eagles will do this season, but I wouldn't mind more wins. Also have a feeling that they might split the division games. Its all my opinion though.
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