SAN FRANCISCO --Give him the ball and LeSean McCoy makes things happen -- big, big things. Despite playing with a broken rib and wearing a cumbersome flak jacket, McCoy put on a show for a national-television audience and the thousands of Eagles fans at Candlestick Park on Sunday night. McCoy rushed for 92 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown run, in the Eagles' 27-24 win over San Francisco.
With mentor Brian Westbrook watching from the San Francisco sideline, McCoy had himself a vintage Westbrook game. Many expected McCoy to be limited after suffering the fractured rib -- low in the rib cage -- in last Sunday's loss to Washington. Not the case. He carried once for 8 yards and gained 6 yards on a reception on the Eagles' 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended on a Kevin Kolb touchdown pass to Brent Celek and tied the score, 7-7.
Then it was all about McCoy for the rest of the first half. He finished with 7 carries for 64 yards, using his great quickness, vision and change-of-direction abilities to befuddle the San Francisco defense. On the touchdown run, McCoy took a handoff from Kolb and headed right, then ducked in and around traffic to his left, found an opening, broke a tackle and burst into the open and outran San Francisco's defense for the 29-yard touchdown.
"They had a blitz on and the line did an excellent job," said McCoy. "I looked at the reads, saw the crease and hit it. Mike came up on a backer. I think it was Winston (Justice, right tackle), who washed out a backer. It was something we prepared for in that situation and it happened to be the right call."
The injury, as it turned out, wasn't too much of a factor. McCoy had 23 touches, 138 yards and the touchdown.
"I was in a little bit of pain. It wasn't too much," said McCoy, who is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. "You have to put all of that stuff behind in a game like this. We needed a big win. A lot of guys were banged up. That shows the type of heart we have. I didn't want to let them down."
The offense had chances to score more, which McCoy understands has to happen in the future. This game was too close for comfort."
"We need to capitalize. They turned the ball over so much. When we drive up the field, we've got to finish. It cost us some points. I made some errors. That (second-and-13, on offense's final drive), I should have got that," said McCoy. "You overthink it trying to be a smart player, I thought I had the first down. I figured if I got the first down, the game would be over. I think we just need to focus a little more, that includes myself. When it comes time to close the game out, we always lean on the defense to bail us out."
It was a thing of beauty, typical of a young player who has grown into his role as the go-to back in the offense.
McCoy shrugged off the pain of the injury, making sure to stay loose between offensive snaps by riding the stationary bike for miles and miles while the defense was on the field. When it was time for the offense to play, McCoy did just that.
"There was no hesitation, no doubt that he was going to play," said head coach Andy Reid. "He went out there and did it, played tough. What a tough nut he is."
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 1:47 a.m., October 11