facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -
 

« News Home

AT A GLANCE \ Falcons vs. Eagles



Published: Sat, January 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



When: 3 p.m. todayTV/radio: (17/62) (8) (53) (WBBW-AM 1240)Series history: Eagles lead 12-10-1 overall. Tied 1-1 in playoffs. (Last meeting -- Eagles beat Falcons 23-16 on Nov. 2, 2003, at Atlanta)Last postseason meeting: Eagles beat Falcons 20-6 on Jan. 11, 2003, in Divisional game at Philadelphia.Key matchup: Falcons OLB Keith Brooking vs. Eagles RB Brian Westbrook. With star WR Terrell Owens injured, Eagles need to establish a running game and QB Donovan McNabb needs to find other targets downfield. Westbrook helps with both. He was team's leading rusher (812 yards, 3 TDs) and second-leading receiver (703 yards, 6 TDs) in regular season, behind Owens (1,200, 14 TDs). He was only RB in league with 700 yards in both categories. Last week, he had 70 yards rushing on just 12 carries. As he has all year, Westbrook also lined up at receiver, and caught five passes for 47 yards and a TD. Brooking, a Pro Bowl starter, uses both speed and power on the outside. He'll need to keep a watchful eye on Westbrook.Streaks, stats and notes: Eagles have lost previous three NFC Championship games. They're the first team ever to host three straight title games. Overall in NFC Championship games, Eagles are 1-3 with win coming in 1980 season. Falcons are 1-0, having upset Vikings in 1998 season ... Falcons QB Michael Vick set NFL playoff record for most yards rushing in a game by a QB with 119 last week. McNabb is second with 107 in last year's Divisional playoffs. Both are Pro Bowlers. ... Falcons RB Warrick Dunn has rushed 100 yards in four of his past five games, including 142 last week. ... Atlanta's defense led NFL with 48 sacks, while Eagles were second with 47. Despite Vick's elusiveness, Falcons allowed 50 sacks during regular season, fifth-most in league. Eagles allowed 37 sacks. ... Falcons PR Allen Rossum set NFL playoff record last week with 152 return yards on just three punts. He was second in NFL in regular season, averaging 12.4 yards per return. ... With victory Falcons would be third consecutive NFC South team to reach Super Bowl. Panthers did it last year, Buccaneers the year before. ... Against common opponents, Eagles are 4-1, Falcons are 5-1 including playoffs. ... Including regular season and playoffs, Eagles have plus-7 turnover differential. Falcons are plus 3.

When: 3 p.m. todayTV/radio: (17/62) (8) (53) (WBBW-AM 1240)Series history: Eagles lead 12-10-1 overall. Tied 1-1 in playoffs. (Last meeting -- Eagles beat Falcons 23-16 on Nov. 2, 2003, at Atlanta)Last postseason meeting: Eagles beat Falcons 20-6 on Jan. 11, 2003, in Divisional game at Philadelphia.Key matchup: Falcons OLB Keith Brooking vs. Eagles RB Brian Westbrook. With star WR Terrell Owens injured, Eagles need to establish a running game and QB Donovan McNabb needs to find other targets downfield. Westbrook helps with both. He was team's leading rusher (812 yards, 3 TDs) and second-leading receiver (703 yards, 6 TDs) in regular season, behind Owens (1,200, 14 TDs). He was only RB in league with 700 yards in both categories. Last week, he had 70 yards rushing on just 12 carries. As he has all year, Westbrook also lined up at receiver, and caught five passes for 47 yards and a TD. Brooking, a Pro Bowl starter, uses both speed and power on the outside. He'll need to keep a watchful eye on Westbrook.Streaks, stats and notes: Eagles have lost previous three NFC Championship games. They're the first team ever to host three straight title games. Overall in NFC Championship games, Eagles are 1-3 with win coming in 1980 season. Falcons are 1-0, having upset Vikings in 1998 season ... Falcons QB Michael Vick set NFL playoff record for most yards rushing in a game by a QB with 119 last week. McNabb is second with 107 in last year's Divisional playoffs. Both are Pro Bowlers. ... Falcons RB Warrick Dunn has rushed 100 yards in four of his past five games, including 142 last week. ... Atlanta's defense led NFL with 48 sacks, while Eagles were second with 47. Despite Vick's elusiveness, Falcons allowed 50 sacks during regular season, fifth-most in league. Eagles allowed 37 sacks. ... Falcons PR Allen Rossum set NFL playoff record last week with 152 return yards on just three punts. He was second in NFL in regular season, averaging 12.4 yards per return. ... With victory Falcons would be third consecutive NFC South team to reach Super Bowl. Panthers did it last year, Buccaneers the year before. ... Against common opponents, Eagles are 4-1, Falcons are 5-1 including playoffs. ... Including regular season and playoffs, Eagles have plus-7 turnover differential. Falcons are plus 3.




Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.


News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes | Pittsburgh International Airport