The Eagles weren’t done by a long shot. They used just 6 plays to get Westbrook in close for a 1 yard TD. The drive was set up beautifully by A short kick and a
32 yard return by Jeremy Maclin. The TD made it 21-10.
Beginning on their own 23, Stafford spied single bump and run coverage on Calvin Johnson and audibled to a deep fly route. It wasn’t even close. One step and
Johnson was gone, going the 77 yard distance in one play and making the score closer at 21-17.
Two stalled drives and the Eagles were back on the march, using just 2 plays, including an 84 yard pass to Maclin for another score. McNabb’s pass was
meant to be a short slant, but there was no one to stop Maclin after the catch and he eased into the endzone. The half ended 28-17 Eagles.
Third quarter belonged to Detroit. Their first drive was only four plays and they were forced to put. Stafford got the offense together to talk about what needed to
be done and they came back out when Philadelphia’s David Akers missed a 43 yard FG. The Lions mixed the run and pass and on first and goal at the nine,
He hit a wide open Bryant Johnson in the corner. It was as though the Eagles were so focused on Calvin Johnson that they left Bryant open most of the day. The
TD made it 28-24 Eagles.
The Eagles again got a nice kick return from Maclin, setting them up at the 40. Three straight handoffs to Westbrook produced 24 yards… and a fumble. The
Lions pounced on it and drove the other way. It took ten plays, but Kevin Smith finally danced in from the 1 yard line and the Lions had their first lead of the
The fourth quarter produced some of the finest defense the Lions showed all season. They began the quarter with a determined 8 play drive that set up Jason
Hanson’s 41 yard FG. It was important, however, because it made it necessary for the Eagles to score more than a FG. 34-28 Lions. The Eagles went three
and out, but forced a Kevin Smith fumble on the next drive. They made it to the 30 before giving the ball up on downs. The Lions then ran four times and fumbled
once again, this time it was Maurice Morris who gave the ball back. Again, the defense rose to the occasion and shut the Eagles down on the 23 yard line on
fourth down. Stafford kneeled on it 3 times, and the game was over. In what might be the biggest Cinderella story ever, the Detroit Lions advance to the Super
Bowl to play the New England Patriots!
DOPHIN26's LIONS FRANCHISE: Playoff Game at Eagles
DETROIT LIONS: 34
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: 28
M. STAFFORD: 24 of 41, 361 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT + 5 runs, 15 yards
D. McNabb: 11 of 32, 324 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
K. SMITH: 20 runs, 109 yards, 1 TD, 2 FUM (1 lost) + 3 rec, 12 yards
M. MORRIS: 4 runs, 25 yards, 1 TD, 1 FUM (lost) + 1 rec, 7 yards
B. Westbrook: 18 runs, 139 yards, 3 TD + 1 rec, 12 yards + 1 rec, 20 yards
B. JOHNSON: 12 rec, 161 yards, 1 TD
C. JOHNSON: 4 rec, 132 yards, 1 TD
B. PETTIGREW: 2 rec, 28 yards
D. Jackson: 4 rec, 98 yards
J. Maclin: 3 rec, 112 yards, 1 TDs
K. Curtis: 2 rec, 28 yards
J. Maclin: 5 KR, 138 yards, 27.6 avg. (34 long)
LIONS: 13-5 (NFC Champions)
|DETROIT LIONS IN THE SUPER BOWL!
|2009 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF ROUND:
A torrential downpour welcomed the Lions to Philadelphia today as they began warming
up for the NFC Championship. A short delay for lightning was followed by the kickoff
under black skies. Philly took the opening kickoff to the 24 and a small crowd of Lions
fans went crazy on the first hit. Unfortunately, two plays into the drive, Donovan McNabb
threw a strike over Larry Foote’s head to TE Brent Celek who rumbled 66 yards to the
Lions’ 8. It was only a play later that Brian Westbrook literally walked into the endzone. 7-
The Lions tried to put a drive together, but a fumble by Kevin Smith kept them from going
too far. They were forced to punt after just 5 plays. Another five plays later, Brian
Westbrook ran right through Julian Peterson and them Louis Delmas on his way to a 48
yard TD run. 14-0 Eagles.
Not to be deterred, Matthew Stafford rallied the offense for a 14 play drive that covered
58 yards and resulted in a 38 yard FG. The Lions finally got on the board and the quarter
ended 14-3 Eagles.
A three play Eagles drive gave the ball back to Detroit and they again drove the length of
the field, highlighted by 3 catches in a row by Bryant Johnson, setting up Maurice Morris
on a 9 yard TD run. The Lions closed the gap to 14-10.
The Lions may have made a star out of Westbrook, but
they got the last laugh with the 34-28 win.