Whew, we made it! It snowed 23 inches yesterday in Philadelphia, which is the most in one day in the city since 1909. So, I guess I’m glad to have been a part of history. It would have been nice to see some of this historic sites on Saturday. We were next to them, we just couldn’t see them in the white-out weather conditions. I posted this picture on Twitter yesterday when we braved the storm to grab lunch.
We still have a little over two hours until kickoff and it’s a scene seeing all of the stadium staff frantically trying to clear the piles of snow from the seats. Just outside of the stadium, they were filling up dump trucks with snow to try to clear parking spaces. Unbelievable! The field looks to be in great shape though so the playing surface shouldn’t impact the game. It’s actually a pretty nice day, a little cold, but that’s about it.
Check out the 49ers and Eagles injury reports. Joe Staley should play for the first time since injuring his knee against the Colts. He’s listed as questionable. I’ll also post the inactives around 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
49ers Inactives: QB Nate Davis (3rd QB), CB Keith Smith, CB Nate Clements, LB Diyral Briggs, C Cody Wallace, T Chris Patrick, DT Baraka Atkins, WR Isaac Bruce
Eagles Inactives: QB Kevin Kolb (3rd QB), WR Jeremy Maclin, CB Geoffrey Pope, RB Brian Westbrook, G/T Stacy Andrews, G Mike McGlynn, TE Martin Rucker, DT Trevor Laws
The Eagles won the coin toss and will receive to start the game. Quentin Demps got a good return to open things up out to midfield. Donovan McNabb hit Leonard Weaver on a screen to the left for a 6-yard gain. 2nd and 4, McNabb bought time as he got out of the pocket to the right. The pass was incomplete as it appeared to hit the ground. The Eagles are challenging the ruling though that the ball hit the ground. The call was reversed, giving Philly the 1st down. It was a gain of 12. 1st and 10 from the 32, Weaver took the pitch and he was able to get around the edge for a pickup of 7. 2nd and 3, McCoy plunged ahead for a gain of 6 and a 1st down. 1st and 10 from the 19, McNabb bought some time and hit DeSean Jackson who got free on a crossing route. Jackson outran Willis to the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.
Eagles 7 – 49ers 0
Josh Morgan fielded the kickoff and ran left out to the 29-yard line. 1st and 10, Alex Smith hit Delanie Walker on a quick out to the right side for a gain of 7. 2nd and 3, Gore got the carry from the shotgun and ran inside for a gain of 6. 1st and 10 from the 42, Smith put the ball right on the money as Vernon Davis turned back for the ball in between defenders for a gain of 19. 1st and 10 from the PHI 39, Gore had a small hole right up the middle and made the most of it to pick uo 6. 2nd and 4, Smith’s pass was deflected at the lone by Juqua Parker and fell incomplete. 3rd and 4, Smith hit Jason Hill for what would’ve been close to the 1st down. Hill couldn’t hang on and Nedney will attempt the 51-yard field goal. Nedney’s kick would have been good from even further back as he drilled it
Eagles 7 – 49ers 3
After Demps’ return, Philly will start from the 18. 1st and 10, McCoy ran ahead and was taken down by Spikes after a gain of 5. 2nd and 5, McNabb’s pass was nearly picked off by Justin Smith who dropped into coverage. Smith appeared to see it late. 3rd and 5, McNabb’s pass was a bit low for Avant who couldn’t adjust. Good 3 and out for the 49ers defense.
Battle was met immediately on the punt. 1st and 10 from the 30, Gore picked up 4 on the carry up the middle. 2nd and 6, Smith threw the ball away as the pressure came from the right side. There was a flag on the play as Asante Samuel was called for illegal contact. 1st and 10 from the 39, Smith tried to hit Davis on the seam. He floated it up too high and Demps came over the top for the interception.
1st and 10 from the 32, McCoy ran straight ahead without much room for a gain of 2. 2nd and 8, Vick lined up at QB and ran the wildcat straight up the middle for a short gain. Good defense by the 49ers on the play as they stayed in their gaps. 3rd and 7, Spencer had great coverage as McNabb tried to hit Reggie Brown on the left sideline. Prefect coverage and here comes the punt team. Battle couldn’t get much on the return though as the Eagles had good coverage.
1st and 10 from the SF 27, Smith tried to hit Walker deep, but the pass was just a bit long and the TE couldn’t catch up to it. 2nd and 10, Gore had a great run up the middle. He broke some tackles and nearly broke it for a huge gain. It will move the chains though after a gain of 12. 1st and 10 from the 38, Gore couldn’t go anywhere as Parker dragged him down as he tried to get around the right side. 2nd and 9, Gore again plunged ahead and was stopped by Patterson for no gain. 3rd and 9, the Eagles brought pressure from the left side with a defensive back. Smith got outside the pocket and threw it away. Lee avoided Jackson’s return as he drilled one low that rolled into the end zone for the touchback.
1st and 10 from the 20, McNabb had some time, but he was flushed as the pocket collapsed and his pass was too high for Weaver. 2nd and 10, Weaver picked up a couple yards on the second effort for a gain of 4. 3rd and 6, Ahmad Brooks was called for a neutral zone infraction. 3rd and 1, Vick was under center and bounced out right where Spikes stopped him close to the line of scrimmage. The spot was a bit short and the Eagles are going for it. McNabb ran out to the huddle late and had to burn a timeout as the play clock was winding down. Weaver was rocked by the former Eagles Takeo Spikes and that’ll give the 49ers outstanding field position!
49ers ball, 1st and 10 at the PHI 29, with an empty backfield, Smith hit Walker quick for a gain of 13. 1st and 10 from the 16, Gore got the carry from the offset I, but was stopped for no gain. *** Michael Vick is headed to the locker room *** That’s the end of the first quarter.
Smith’s hit Delanie Walker who was stripped from behind – Eagles ball.
*** Michael Vick has a thigh injury and his return is questionable.
1st and 10 from the PHI 6, McNabb hit Jackson who was pushed out by Spencer after a 3-yard gain. 2nd and 7, the 49ers called timeout. 2nd and 7 from the 9, McNabb threw for Celek, but Michael Lewis was called for pass interference. 1st and 10 from the 24, Brooks came around the edge and up the middle to bat McNabb’s pass down with some authority – good play. 2nd and 10, McNabb had all the time in the world and hit Celek who got behind Spikes for a 43-yard gain. 1st and 10 from the SF 33, McNabb hit Jackson on a comeback for a gain of 10. The 49ers NEED to get more pressure on McNabb or he’s going to have drives like this all night. 1st and 10, McCoy carried up the middle for 5 yards. 2nd and 5, McNabb his Curtis out left for 5 yards and a 1st down. 1st and 10 from the SF 11, McNabb hit Smith who was tracked down by Willis after a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, McNabb turned and called timeout. 2nd and 7, McNabb hit McCoy on the shovel pass, but Spikes sniffed it out for no gain. 3rd and 7, McNabb scrambled and got in for the score. The 49ers were called for illegal contact, but that won’t matter and the 49ers get the score.
Eagles 14 – 49ers 3
Coffee let the kickoff bounce into the end zone for a touchback. 1st and 10 from the 20, Smith hit Gore on the screen who was just tripped up by Bunkley after a gain of 6. 2nd and 4, Gore showed patience after the handoff from the shotgun and allowed his blocks to develop up front for a gain of 9. 1st and 10, from the 35, Smith hit Morgan who couldn’t get by Samuel on the outside to pick up 1. 2nd and 9, Smith threw it away as the Eagles came with the corner blitz. 3rd and 9, Smith threw it right to Samuel instead of Vernon Davis for the easy interception.
1st and 10 from the 28, McNabb hit Celek who turned back over the middle to pick up 5. 2nd and 5, McCoy got some room up the middle for 8 yards. 1st and 10 from the 15, Weaver strung the run out wide right for a 5-yard gain. 2nd and 5, Franklin dropped and leaped in the passing lane to knock down the pass. 3rd and 5, Bly was called for holding – a tough, tough call. 1st and goal from the 5, the 49ers defense did a nice job to string Weaver out to the right side as he only picked up 1. 2nd and goal from the 4, McNabb couldn’t fine anyone open and threw it out of the end zone over the head of Celek. 3rd and goal from the 4, Lawson had McNabb in his grasp, but the QB escaped and then threw it away as the 49ers maintained coverage. Akers hit the 22-yard field goal to put his team up by 14.
Eagles 17 – 49ers 3
Morgan took the kickoff and leaped over one man who was down and got hit hard, but held onto the ball. 1st and 10 from the 23, Gore took the direct snap and followed some good blocks on the right side (kudos to Adam Snyder) for a nice gain out to the SF 40. 1st and 10, Smith hit Josh Morgan quick left who spun and got 10 yards. Sndyer was called for illegal man downfield though so that’ll back things up. 1st and 15, Gore took the inside handoff for a gain of 2. 2nd and 13, Smith got out of the pocket as the pressure got there and threw it away. 3rd and 13, Smith looked for Vernon who couldn’t get up for the catch. Brown closed on Jackson who let the ball bounce. It stopped right there and the 49ers downed it at the 16.
1st and 10 for Philly from their own 16, McCoy wiggled up the middle for a gain of 6. TWO MINUTE WARNING. 2nd and 4, McNabb looked for Curtis along the right sideline, but his pass was low. 3rd and 4, McNabb hit Jackson crossing who sprinted ahead for a gain of 39. 1st and 10 from the 39, McNabb hit McCoy on a screen pass for a pickup of 11. 1st and 10 from the 28, McNabb tried to hit Jackson on a go route on the right sideline, but dropped it as Goldson closed in on him. 2nd and 10, Haralson got in the backfield to tackle Weaver for a loss. 3rd and 11, Spencer undercut the route and picked it off and took a knee in the end zone.
1st and 10 from the 20, Smith hit Gore over the middle for a gain of 7. Philly helped out the 49ers as they stopped the clock with a timeout. (:36) 2nd and 3, Smith floated it for Gore as he was pressure by Parker and that pass was picked off by Tracy White.
1st and 10 from the SF 29, McNabb hit Avant down to the 8. McNabb spiked the ball to stop the clock with 5 seconds left. Akers will come on for the 26-yard field goal.
Eagles 20 – 49ers 3
Morgan took the kickoff on a bounce out near midfield as the clock will wind down on the 1st half.
Josh Morgan got things on track early with a nifty return down the right sideline to the PHI 43. Gore had nowhere to go on first down as Patterson got in the backfield and stopped him for a loss. 2nd and 11, Delanie Walker was called for a false start. 2nd and 16, Gore got up the middle for a gain of 2. 3rd and 14, Smith hit Crabtree crossing short for a gain of 11. 4th and 3, Smith hit Morgan in the right flat who turned and got upfield for a gain of 22. 1st and 10 from the 14, things weren’t on the same page as Smith rolled and had nobody on that side so he threw it away. 2nd and 10, Gore ran to the right side and lowered his head for a gain of 3. 3rd and 7, Smith hit Morgan in the flat, but he was stopped after a gain of 4. Nedney’s 25-yard field goal is good.
Eagles 20 – 49ers 6
Marus Hudson tripped up Macho Harris on the return at the 30. 1st and 10 from the 30, McNabb looked for Jackson as Bly undercut him and picked it off.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from the PHI 35, smith was sacked by Cole who came untouched. 2nd and 20, Smith rolled right and hit Gore short for a gain of 6. 3rd and 14, Smith hit Morgan on a quick slant, but he’ll be short of the 1st despite the gain of 9. 4th and 5, Smith hit Davis who made a nice leaping grab on the crossing route. The 49ers are now 0 for 7 on 3rd downs and 2 for 2 on 4th downs. 1st and 10 from the 15, Gore cutback as he bounced it to the right side for a 3-yard gain. 2nd and 7, Smith hit Morgan who was all alone on the crossing route. Morgan split the defenders and got in for the score.
Eagles 20 – 49ers 13
The kickoff was short and the Eagles will begin their drive from the 34. 1st and 10 from the 34, Weaver got the carry up the middle and gained 3. 2nd and 7, McNabb found Jackson who was wide open on the right sideline for a gain of 10. 1st and 10 from the PHI 47, McNabb had Jackson deep, but the throw was a bit long. 2nd and 10, McCoy got around the right side and was tackled by Sopoaga after gaining 8. 3rd and 2, McNabb scrambled for a big gain, but there was a flag in the backfield for holding so that play will come back. 3rd and 12 from the PHI 45, McNabb hit Celek who was stopped just short of the sticks so out comes the Eagles’ punt team. The punt was downed at the 1, but there’s laundry on the field. One was for illegal touching on the Eagles and the second was for a hold on the 49ers. Those will offset and they Eagles will have to punt again. This punt looked good from the start, but a good bounce for the 49ers allowed it to roll into the end zone for the touchback.
1st and 10 from the 20, Gore got loose up the middle for a huge gain past midfield for a gain of 37. 1st and 10 from the PHI 43, Gore had another nice run, but Rachal was called for a hold. 1st and 14 from the PHI 47, Robinson was met in the backfield and stopped for a loss. 2nd and 14, Smith hit Crabtree crossing who cut back, but was tripped up. 3rd and 8, Smith was pressured and threw it away. The punt was fair caught at the 11.
1st and 10 from the 11, McCoy got the carry and picked up 6. That wraps up the 3rd quarter.
2nd and 4 from the 17, McCoy escaped the tackle of Franklin, but couldn’t escape Willis and gained 2. 3rd and 2, McNabb hit Jackson deep for a huge gain as he ran by the corner and was pushed out by Lewis. 1st and 10 from the SF 22, McNabb hit Avant in the right flat and he was stopped quickly by Brown. 2nd and 6, weaver bounced to the left side for a gain of 7. 1st and 10 from the 11, Weaver ran threw a big hole down close to the 1st down marker. 2nd and 1 from the 2, Spikes got in the backfield and hit Weaver who looks to be just short of the sticks. 3rd and 1 from the 2, McCoy got the carry and plowed in for the score.
Eagles 27 – 49ers 13
The kickoff was very short and was muffed by Norris, but was able to fall on it and maintain possession. 1st and 10 from the 33, Smith rolled right and tried to hit Vernon Davis short, but the pass fell incomplete. 2nd and 10, Smith was hit as he threw and it was incomplete. 3rd and 10, Smith was sacked for a loss of 8. Lee hit a bomb of a punt and good coverage held Jackson in check. The Eagles were called for a block in the back so that’ll back them up 10 yards.
1st and 10 from the 15, Willis shot into the backfield and stopped Weaver for a gain of about a half a yard. 2nd and 9, Spencer dove and tipped the pass, but it stayed up for Avant who made the grab and picked up the first down. 1st and 10 from the 29, McNabb hit Avant again as he found a hole in the zone for a gain of 19. 1st and 10 from the PHI 48, Spikes sniffed out the screen to McCoy and dropped him for a loos of 3. 2nd and 13, Jackson took the end around for a gain of 9. 3rd and 4, McNabb’s pass skipped low and the Eagles will have to punt. The punt will roll to the 13 where the Eagle downed it.
1st and 10 from the 13, Smith hit Crabtree quick for a short loss. 2nd and 14, Smith hit Crabtree along the left sideline for a gain of 12. 3rd and 2, Smith floated it deep for Crabtree who was interfered with as he came back for the ball. That’s a spot foul so the 49ers move out to the PHI 35. 1st and 10, Smith floated it for Hill, but the ball was tipped away at the last moment. 2nd and 10, Baas was called for a false start. 2nd and 15, Smith hit Davis over the middle on the cross for a gain of 9. 3rd and 6, Smith hit Morgan who made the grab at the chains and was then pushed back. 4th and 1, Smith called his own number and picked up the first down.
That’ll be it for me as I have to run down for postgame. Stay tuned on Twitter.
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