Philadelphia best in meeting between struggling offenses

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005

PHILADELPHIA - Without Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens, the Eagles' best scoring threat is a kicker.

David Akers made four field goals and quarterback Mike McMahon played an efficient, error-free game, leading Philadelphia to victory.

The reigning conference champions snapped a four-game losing streak with their first win since Oct.23 against San Diego.

"We didn't have a great offensive effort, but we found a way to win," said McMahon, who started his second straight game for the injured McNabb.

Samkon Gado ran for 111 yards and one touchdown for the Packers.

Green Bay is assured its first losing season since Brett Favre took over as starter in 1992, a run of 13 years that was the best in the league.

"We had a chance to win the game, but we find ways to let it slip away," Favre said. "We've had a chance to win every game, but we've won only two of them."

Without four Pro Bowl players from last season - Owens, McNabb, cornerback Lito Sheppard and left tackle Tra Thomas - the Eagles hardly resembled the team that went to the Super Bowl 91/2 months ago.

McMahon led a 12-play, 60-yard drive that ended with Akers' 37-yard field goal to put Philadelphia ahead 16-14 with 4:31 remaining.

NOTABLE: Packers tight end Bubba Franks spent the night in a hospital for precautionary reasons after leaving with a neck injury. Franks was carried off on a stretcher after a hit from safety Brian Dawkins on an incomplete pass early in the second quarter. Franks had movement in all his extremities but felt tingling in both shoulders.