Eagles keep playoff hopes alive

Reid's Philadelphia club able to hold off Giants for a 17-10 win in a game in which Barden had a catch for 13 yards.

November 21, 2011|By Charles Rich,

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.


With quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin out of the lineup because of injuries, the Philadelphia Eagles, coached by former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid, managed to keep their playoff hopes alive Sunday night with a 17-10 road victory against the New York Giants.

The Eagles, who entered the season with lofty expectations and were branded a Super Bowl contender, improved to 4-6 and pulled to within two games of the first-place Giants and Dallas Cowboys in the NFL's East Division with six games remaining.


After New York tied the game at 10 early in the fourth quarter, Philadelphia, which is in third place in the division, took the lead for good when reserve quarterback Vince Young tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Riley Cooper with 2:45 remaining in the game.

"Vince, stepping in for the great Michael Vick, that's a tough thing to do and he did it and the guys rallied around him," Reid told the Associated Press. "The offensive line and defensive line played well, the offensive line had a huge challenge when it counted and they were able to put some things together."

New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden, a 2004 Flintridge Prep graduate, caught one pass for 13 yards.

Philadelphia will next face the visiting New England Patriots at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.


The Oakland Raiders, coached by former Glendale Community College quarterback Hue Jackson, continue to remain on top in the American Conference West Division. The Raiders (6-4) have also shown to be a quality road team.

Oakland's latest road victory came Sunday when it turned back the Minnesota Vikings, 27-21. The Raiders scored 21 second-quarter points to build a 24-7 halftime lead before holding off a late rally by the Vikings in the fourth quarter.

Oakland improved to 4-1 on the road, as quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 164 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score.

"I know everybody looks for the big yards, the 300 yards, whatever," Jackson told the Associated Press. "That's not what winning football games is all about. It's about leading your team to victory and that's what he did."

The Raiders rolled up 12 penalties for 117 yards. Four were personal-foul penalties, leading to Jackson branding the calls "unfair."

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