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Eagles vs. Niners: Not-So-Bright Lights of Sunday Night
Posted By Christopher Rowe On Oct 8 2010 @ 3:53 pm In Philadelphia Eagles | 3 Comments
After a disappointing loss at home to Washington, the Eagles will look to bounce back under the bright lights in a Sunday Night showdown in San Francisco. This will be the first of five scheduled primetime games for the Eagles, as the team looks to get back on track and above the .500 mark.
Head coach Andy Reid has enjoyed success against San Francisco in the past, as his teams have won five of the seven meetings between the two teams. On their most recent trip to the Bay City, Juqua Parker’s INT return for a TD put the final stamp on a resounding victory, as the Eagles beat the 49ers, 40-26.
In fact, the Eagles have done well against the NFC West during Reid’s tenure, compiling a 15-6 regular season record. With a win, the Eagles will be 3-0 on the road in 2010. The last time the teams opened the season with three straight wins away from Philadelphia was in 2004, the year they played in Super Bowl XXXIX.
Meanwhile, the 49ers are simply looking to get into the win column for the first time in 2010. Last week – and for the second time this season – the 49ers lost on a late FG, this time 16-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers actually forced a turnover that should have ended the game. Cornerback Nate Clements picked off a Matt Ryan pass, but as he returned the INT the ball was stripped by Atlanta WR Roddy White so the game-winning drive was kept alive.
The 49ers were the trendy preseason pick to win the NFC West. After an 0-3 start, the 49ers dismissed offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and promoted QB coach Mike Johnson prior to last Sunday’s game. The 49ers got off to a great start, leading Atlanta 14-0 in the first quarter, but one of those scores came on a blocked punt recovered for a TD. The 49ers offense did have a 13-play, seven-minute drive in the fourth quarter, but it didn’t result in any points.
Last Time They Met
Eagles 27, 49ers 13
December 20, 2009, Lincoln Financial Field
In a late-season matchup with San Francisco, Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson took another giant step towards the first Pro Bowl berth of his career. Jackson finished the game with 140 yards and a TD, and in the process became just the third 1,000-yard receiver under head coach Andy Reid. 49ers RB Frank Gore rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries, breaking the Eagles’ streak of 23-straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher, but neither Gore nor his teammates could outscore the Eagles offense. When you turn the ball over four times in the first half, as San Francisco did, it’s difficult to win games in the NFL. Helping to balance the Eagles offensive attack was FB Leonard Weaver. His 17 carries, an astronomical number for a fullback in Andy Reid’s offense, wore down the 49ers defense and opened up the passing game for Jackson, TE Brent Celek (4 catches, 73 yards) and WR Jason Avant (3 catches, 44 yards). The Eagles improved to 10-4 on the season.
PREDICTION: Frank Gore and Niners rushing eats Philadelphia’s defense alive while Eagles have no rushing attack of which to speak. Kevin Kolb’s passing attack bests that of apathetic Alex Smith but Niners win with defense and clock control.
FINAL SCORE: NINERS 17 EAGLES 13
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