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McNabb, Eagles Go Retro

The quarterback runs for two touchdowns and passes for two in 31-9 victory over the Packers.

October 03, 2006|From the Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb juked and jived the way he did early in his career. Brett Favre had a throwback night too -- to his days of erratic interceptions.

McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Favre, who has enjoyed many memorable moments throughout his 16-year career, would like to forget this one. Favre misfired badly on several passes, including two interceptions that led to Philadelphia scores.

He left with a slight head injury late in the fourth quarter, but Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said he didn't think the injury was serious.

McNabb completed 16 of 30 passes for 288 yards and had 47 yards rushing. He scored on runs of six and 15 yards, and connected with Greg Lewis on touchdown passes of 45 and 30 yards.

"I decided to go back to my style of play," McNabb said, "and if the opportunity is there, take full advantage."

Once a feared runner, McNabb had only 55 yards rushing last season when he was limited by injuries and missed the final seven games because of a sports hernia.

"He kept running on us," Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman said. "We were all trying to bring him down. He eluded a number of sacks. Just give him some credit. He's a good player."

Favre was 22 for 40 for 205 yards and had a passer rating of 44.2. He didn't speak to reporters after the game.

Playing without injured running back Brian Westbrook (knee), the Eagles had a slow start and trailed, 9-7, at halftime after three field goals from Green Bay's Dave Rayner, including a 54-yarder.

Correll Buckhalter, starting for Westbrook, lost two fumbles inside the Packers' five-yard line in the first half.

But McNabb used his legs in the third quarter to ignite the offense and lead the Eagles (3-1) to their third victory by a double-digit margin.

The Packers (1-3) have lost nine straight to the Eagles in Philadelphia since a 49-0 victory in 1962.

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