Vikings disrupt Eagles' hopes

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles got their bye a week early — and not the way they wanted.

Joe Webb threw for 195 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first career start filling in for an injured Brett Favre, and the Minnesota Vikings stunned Michael Vick and the NFC East champion Eagles 24-14 in the NFL's first Tuesday game since 1946.

The Eagles (10-5) could've secured a first-round bye with a victory over the Vikings and Dallas and with a loss by either Chicago or Atlanta next week.

Now the Eagles are locked into the NFC's No. 3 seed and will host the No. 6 seed on Jan. 8 or 9. Their final game against the Cowboys is meaningless in the standings, so it's likely Vick and most of the starters will rest.

"We don't deserve it after that performance," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "Every phase was terrible. We didn't coach well enough. We didn't play well enough. I'm disappointed in myself. It's embarrassing."

Two days after a winter storm forced a postponement, there wasn't even a snowflake visible at the Linc. The game was switched from Sunday because of a howling storm that dumped about a foot of snow in the area — perhaps a good idea considering Philadelphia's history of snowball-throwing fans.

Favre was inactive for the Vikings because of a concussion, missing his second game in three weeks after an NFL-record 297 consecutive regular-season starts. He watched in street clothes on the sideline and enthusiastically thrust his arms in the air when Webb scored a TD.


First downs2124

Total Net Yards337331



Punt Returns2-81-9

Kickoff Returns1-274-66

Interceptions Ret. 1-00-0


Sacked-Yards Lost2-196-39




Time of Possession30:2129:39

Minnesota07107—24 Philadelphia7007—14

First Quarter

Phi—Harbor 3 pass from Vick (Akers kick), 7:42.

Second Quarter

Min—Winfield 45 fumble return (Longwell kick), :44.

Third Quarter

Min—FG Longwell 30, 12:24.

Min—Webb 9 run (Longwell kick), 7:03.

Fourth Quarter

Phi—Vick 10 run (Akers kick), 10:17.

Min—Peterson 1 run (Longwell kick), 6:43.


Individual Statistics

Rushing—Minnesota, Peterson 22-118, Webb 6-31, Harvin 2-6, Gerhart 1-6. Philadelphia, Vick 8-63, McCoy 13-44, D.Jackson 1-0.

Passing—Minnesota, Webb 17-26-0-195. Philadelphia, Vick 25-43-1-263.

Receiving—Minnesota, Harvin 7-100, Shiancoe 3-32, Berrian 2-16, Rice 1-16, Peterson 1-11, Tahi 1-11, Booker 1-6, Kleinsasser 1-3. Philadelphia, Celek 10-97, Maclin 6-74, McCoy 4-41, D.Jackson 2-32, Avant 2-16, Harbor 1-3.

Missed Field Goals—Philadelphia, Akers 54 (SH).