Eagles-Giants playoff report card

Our grades for the Eagles victory over the Giants in the NFC Divisional Playoff:

RUSHING OFFENSE

The Eagles averaged just 2.1 yards per carry, but they get points for again sticking with the run (28 attempts). Donovan McNabb scored the Eagles’ first TD on a QB sneak and Brian Westbrook set up the Eagles’ second TD with a 4-yard gain on a third-and-1 third-quarter toss play. Grade: C

PASSING OFFENSE

Donovan McNabb threw 2 interceptions and completed just 55 percent of his passes, but engineered two game-changing, third-quarter scoring drives that turned an 11-10 deficit into a 20-11 lead. He completed 9 of 16 passes for 93 yards and 7 passing first downs on those two drives. Grade: B-minus

RUN DEFENSE

Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward combined for 138 rushing yards, but the Eagles contained the damage and stopped them when they had to. DT Brodrick Bunkley spearheaded 2 huge fourth-and-one stops in the fourth quarter. Grade: B-plus

PASS DEFENSE

The Eagles effectively shut down the Giants’ passing game, holding Eli Manning to 5.8 yards per attempt, intercepting 2 passes, including 1 by Asante Samuel that set up the Eagles’ first touchdown, and held their fifth straight opponent without a passing TD. Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS

Ahmad Bradshaw gashed the Eagles for a game-opening 65-yard kickoff return that set up the Giants’ first points, but did a good job after that. Sav Rocca had a 40.0 net average and pinned the Giants at their own 11 on an important fourth-quarter punt. David Akers made all three of his field goal attempts. Grade: B

OVERALL

Once upon a time, the Eagles didn’t win many games in which Brian Westbrook managed just 46 rushing and receiving yards and Donovan McNabb threw 2 interceptions. But with a defense that hasn’t given up more than 14 points in the last 6 games, all bets are off.  Grade: A-minus

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