The morning after

And so the Eagles are among the final eight teams playing in the NFL. Who would have that thought was possible even eight days ago?

Among the more amazing numbers from Sunday's game is that the Eagles under Andy Reid are now 7-0 in their first playoff game (the previous six were all at home, by the way). Seven times they have made the playoffs and seven times they have advanced to at least the second game, whether that be the divisional round or the conference title games.

Here are some other things we are talking about this morning:

1. No, Adrian. The Eagles’ run defense got its biggest test of the season Sunday and passed with flying colors, holding NFL rushing champ to Adrian Peterson to 83 yards on 20 carries, 40 of which came on a second-quarter scoring romp. Next up: the Giants’ Brandon Jacobs.

2. Red Hot Akers. In the sterile, climate-controlled Metrodome, David Akers booted 4 field goals, including a 51-yarder. He’s converted 23 of his last 26 attempts over the last 11 games. Next up: the tricky winds of the Meadowlands.

3. Guess Who’s Staying? Jeff Lurie told the Boston Globe that the club has every intention of keeping Donovan McNabb as its starting QB in 2009. His solid 23-for-34, 300-yard performance against the Vikings Sunday pretty much cemented that.

4. The Other Part of the Story. Yes, Brian Westbrook put the game on ice when he took a screen pass 71 yards for a TD. But on his other 22 touches, he managed just 50 yards. In the last 4 games, he’s averaged just 3.0 yards per carry. They need better Sunday to beat the Giants.

5. Money Well Spent. The Eagles have squandered their fair share of money o n free agent busts over the years. But Asante Samuel has been worth every penny the Birds gave him. Proved that again Sunday with a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown.

By the way, if you missed any of coverage from yesterday and last night, click the link that says back to blog home under the Eagletarian banner for a full view or scroll down. We were busy, as you can tell.

Check back later for updates, including a report from the Andy Reid news conference.

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