Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Westbrook tough to stop

The Eagles are heading to the NFC Divisional Playoffs and a meeting with the New York Giants next Sunday following a 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Westbrook tough to stop

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The Eagles are heading to the NFC Divisional Playoffs and a meeting with the New York Giants next Sunday following a 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Birds locked up the victory with a 71-yard touchdown catch and run by Brian Westbrook off a screen with 6:53 remaining in the game.

"We hadn’t utilized the screen game much prior to that," coach Andy Reid said. "They were flying up the field. Brian hit that son of a gun. He got a little blocking out there. He’s tough to stop once he gets out there."

In a week when a lot of attention was focused on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who led the league in rushing, it was Westbrook who posted the definitive play. Westbrook had 38 yards rushing and 83 yards receiving. Peterson scored two touchdowns and finished with 83 yards on the ground.

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"He can do so many different things," Reid said of Westbrook. "It’s hard to stop him."

Reid was unwilling to look too far ahead or even entertain the idea that his team was in position to put together a postseason run, especially coming off the 44-6 win over Dallas in the regular-season finale.

 "I don’t look at runs," Reid said. "I look at one game at a time, man. I am not looking ahead a lick. We will evaluate this game, get ourselves better and get ready to go against a good Giants football team."

"It’s good to get out of here with a victory against a very solid football team. I am proud of Brad and the other coaches with the job they have done here [with the Vikings]. We’re going to get ourselves back here as quickly as we can get healed up and get ready to play next week."

Some other comments from Reid:

On putting the finishing touches on the Vikings in the fourth quarter: "It was good to see the character of our football team in the fourth quarter. I didn’t see any panic or reservation not to play aggressive football."

On Donovan McNabb: "He looked so calm. He hung in there a few times. Made some huge throws in particular when we didn’t have field position and changed that around. He played well. He managed the game well."

On the physical nature of the game: "That’s the name of the game in the playoffs. Every week is physical because you are playing the cream of the crop."

For Les Bowen's rundown of the game as it happened, click here.


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