Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eagles-Cardinals report card

Eagles-Cardinals report card

 

RUSHING OFFENSE

Brian Westbrook averaged just 3.8 yards per carry, but that actually was his best rushing average of the postseason. Donovan McNabb had a 22-yard run on the Eagles’ first offensive play, and set up a third-quarter TD with a nicely executed 8-yard draw. Grade: C

PASSING OFFENSE

Donovan McNabb brought the Eagles back from an 18-point halftime deficit with a 17-for-28, 266-yard, 3-TD performance in the second half. But he came up short on the Eagles’ final possession after Arizona recaptured the lead. Grade: B

RUN DEFENSE

An Eagles defense that had held its last nine opponents to just 3.5 yards per carry, allowed Edgerrin James to average 4.6 on 16 carries Sunday. Eagles couldn’t prevent Tim Hightower from picking up first downs on two crucial short-yardage situations on the Cardinals’ game-winning drive. Grade: C-minus

PASS DEFENSE

Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald owned the Eagles in the first half. Warner was 14-for-17 in the first half and threw 3 TDs, all to Fitzgerald. After the Eagles regained the lead in the fourth quarter, Warner engineered a game-winning, 14-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Grade: F

SPECIAL TEAMS

This will not go down as one of David Akers’ better days. Shanked an extra point. Missed a tough-but-certainly-makeable 47-yard FG attempt and curiously sailed a third-quarter kickoff out of bounds. Sav Rocca punted only once, but it was a 58-yarder. Grade: C-minus

OVERALL

A pass defense that hadn’t given up a touchdown pass in the last five games, gave up three of them in the first half. Eagles got inside the Arizona 30 3 times in the first half and came away with six points. Grade: C-minus

Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
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