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Best & Worst

Monday, November 7, 2005

Worst Fashion Sense: Always eager to accessorize his outfit (and to attract attention), Clinton Portis wore burgundy socks instead of white, like his teammates. He also slid a burgundy and gold wrap over his left calf. Safety Sean Taylor outfitted his legs similarly, but at least he had the good sense to wear burgundy and gold on both legs. Taylor looked silly; Portis looked silly and lopsided.

Worst In-Game Beverage: While Reggie Brown stood in the end zone and celebrated his first-quarter touchdown catch, a spectator launched a half-full bottle of beer from the stands that landed near Brown's feet. The Philadelphia wide receiver looked at the bottle, shook his head, and signaled to a security guard. Then he ran to a Gatorade cooler on the sideline, the more sensible in-game drink of choice.

Best Houdini Impression: Midway through the second quarter, Donovan McNabb showed he still has a penchant for scrambling -- even if the end result is a pass. While in the pocket, the quarterback spun away from Nic Clemons and dodged Phillip Daniels twice. Finally, McNabb fired a pass to L.J. Smith for a Philadelphia first down.

Worst Penalty: Philadelphia cornerback Lito Sheppard deserved most of the credit for Washington's first touchdown. The cornerback committed a 39-yard pass interference penalty against David Patten, giving the Redskins a first and goal from the 1-yard line. Mike Sellers scored on the next play, and his teammates swarmed him in the end zone. Perhaps the Redskins should have embraced Sheppard instead.

Best Elbows: It's a body part rarely used to establish possession inbounds, but Portis did just that late in the first half. After catching a pass with his body in the air and parallel to the ground, Portis planted his elbows just inside the sideline for an acrobatic six-yard catch.

Worst Fake-Out: On the last play of the first half, McNabb tried a fake-spike play that only fooled his own offensive line. The quarterback dropped back to pass, but nobody in front of him blocked. Daniels, untouched, rushed in for a sack. The confused offensive line watched as the final seconds ran off the clock.

Best Non-Catch: In the third quarter, Eagles wide receiver Greg Lewis appeared to catch a ball with his left leg. Lewis went down for the low pass, bent his leg and trapped the ball before it hit the ground and then pushed it toward his chest. Officials ruled the pass incomplete and upheld that call after Coach Andy Reid challenged.

-- Eli Saslow and Gene Wang

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