Eagles 17, Giants 3
Donovan McNabb did not need to use his arm. His legs were enough to beat the New York Giants.
McNabb ran for 111 yards and one touchdown and Philadelphia had 299 rushing yards as the Eagles beat the New York Giants, 17-3, in the final Monday night game at Veterans Stadium.
It was Philadelphia's third straight victory over the Giants after losing nine in a row to them and gave the Eagles (5-2) a two-game lead over New York (3-4) and Washington (3-4) in the NFC East.
McNabb had just 137 passing yards, but the Eagles dominated the Giants on the ground. Duce Staley had 126 yards on 24 carries and David Akers kicked three field goals in the first half in which the Eagles had the ball for 20 minutes 31 seconds.
Philadelphia had not had two 100-yard rushers since Oct. 8, 1995, when Ricky Watters and Charlie Garner did it against Washington.
"The Giants have a stingy defense and we knew that coming in, but we also knew we had to establish the run to help Donovan, and that's what happened tonight," Staley said.
McNabb put the game away with a 40-yard run 4:30 into the fourth quarter that gave the Eagles a 15-3 lead. McNabb then connected with Chad Lewis on a two-point conversion. His run capped a nine-play, 99-yard drive that took 3:33.
On third and 11, McNabb dropped back to pass, stepped up in the pocket, avoided a tackle at his feet by Cornelius Griffin, started to scramble, cut to his left, streaked down the sideline, jumped over a blocker at the 5 and went into the end zone.
It was McNabb's second 100-yard performance in three games. He had 100 yards on 12 carries in a 28-25 loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 6.
The Eagles took advantage of the absence of defensive tackle Keith Hamilton, who went down with a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury two weeks ago, by running at his replacement, Lance Legree, and right defensive end Kenny Holmes. They had 195 yards rushing in the first half.
Akers, who saw his perfect season end when he missed a 50-yarder on the opening series, hit from 27, 36 and 35 yards in the first half that was dominated by the Eagles.