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Post-Game Notebook

Here are some news and notes following Sunday's 27-13 win over the 49ers ...

Playoff Bound Birds- With the Eagles and Cowboys both winning this weekend, the Eagles have clinched a playoff berth for the eighth time since 2000 (2000-04; 2006; 2008-09). They became the 10th team in NFL history to earn eight or more playoff appearances in a decade. Indianapolis in the 2000s and Dallas in the 1970s each had nine. The following teams have also had eight: Dallas (1990s), Buffalo (1990s), Cleveland (1950s), Minnesota (1970s), Pittsburgh (1970s), San Francisco (1980s and 1990s).

Going StreakingThe Eagles have won five straight games and remain in sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 10-4 record. Andy Reid has engineered six five-plus-game winning streaks in his tenure (including playoffs): six in 2006; seven in 2004; six in 2004; nine in 2003; six in 2002.

Big Play DJ
- WR DeSean Jackson racked up six catches for 140 yards and his eighth touchdown reception of the season. Jackson has amassed five 100-yard games this season, which is the highest total by an Eagle since Terrell Owens had seven in 2004.

  • With 1,087 yards this season, he became the 20th player in team history and the third player under Andy Reid to surpass the 1,000-yard mark (Owens – 1,200 yards in 2004; Kevin Curtis – 1,110 yards in 2007).
  • Only four other players in team history have had back-to-back 140-yard receiving games. The last to do so was Mike Quick in 1985 (146 yards on 11/3/85 at 49ers; 145 yards on 11/10/85 vs. Falcons). The others were Ben Hawkins in 1967, Pete Retzlaff in 1965, and Bud Grant in 1952.

The Book on the Rook
- RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 48 yards and his fourth touchdown of the season. His four rushing touchdowns this season are tied for the third-highest total ever by an Eagles rookie, trailing Steve Van Buren (1944) and Don Johnson (1953), who each had five in their rookie campaigns.

  • With 606 yards this season, McCoy set the team rookie rushing record, surpassing Correll Buckhalter's total of 586 yards set in 2001.

Five for Five
QB Donovan McNabb completed 21 of 36 passes for 306 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for his 28th career touchdown en route to his fifth straight win. It marked the 21st regular season game in which McNabb has thrown and rushed for a touchdown (the Eagles own a 20-1 record in those games). The Eagles are 20-5-1 when McNabb throws for over 300 yards (1-1 in 2009). McNabb is 13-4 in his last 17 regular season starts.

Starting Strong
The Eagles scored a touchdown on their opening drive, upping the season total to 51 opening-drive points, the most ever under Andy Reid. They own an 8-1 record in those games. In each of their last five games (5-0 record), the Eagles have come away with points on their opening drive.

Two-Minute DrillThe Eagles have scored 40 points in the final two minutes of the half this season, which is the second-highest total in the NFL, trailing only the Saints' 44 points. (Note: includes drives started in the final two minutes of either half)

Defensive Nuggets- With Frank Gore rushing for 107 yards, the Eagles snapped their streak of 20 consecutive regular-season games without allowing a 100-yard rusher (Brandon Jacobs was the last to do so – 128 yards on 11/9/08 vs. NYG).

  • DE Trent Cole registered two sacks and now has 11.5 on the season. He has posted at least a half sack in 10 of 14 games this season and is one away from his career high of 12.5 set in 2007.
  • S Quintin Mikell picked up his second interception of the season. The Eagles have picked off opposing quarterbacks in 11 of 14 games this season.
  • CB Sheldon Brown forced a fumble (the sixth of his career) which was recovered by CB Asante Samuel and led to a 94-yard touchdown drive.
  • CB Asante Samuel picked up his eighth interception of the season, tying for the fifth-best single-season total in team history. The last Eagle with eight in a season was Eric Allen in 1989.
  • LB Tracy White notched his first career interception.
  • The 49ers went 0-11 on third downs, marking the second time this season (Kansas City – 0 for 11 on 9/27) that the Eagles have shut their opponents out on third down.
  • The defense forced four turnovers for the second straight week and now has 36 takeaways this season (23 interceptions, 13 fumble recoveries). That's the highest total since compiling 38 in 2002 (15 interceptions, 23 fumble recoveries).

Offensive Quick Hits
- The Eagles' 399 points scored this season is the third-highest output in team history (416 in 2008, 415 in 2002).

  • The offense engineered a 94-yard touchdown drive, the longest of the season.
  • TE Brent Celek has 65 receptions this season, which is tied with John Spagnola (1984) for the fourth-highest total ever for an Eagles tight end. Keith Jackson owns the team record with 81 catches in 1988. Chad Lewis had 69 in 2000 and Pete Retzlaff had 66 in 1965.

Green Akers
K David Akers has connected on 29 field goals this season, tying the fourth-highest total in team history. Akers owns the team record with 33 in 2008. He now has 127 points this season, which is the third-highest output in team history (he had 144 points in 2008 and 133 in 2002). Akers also played in his 170th game as an Eagle, passing Chuck Bednarik for the third-most in team history.

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 10:05 p.m., December 20

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