Green Bay Packers running back Vernand Morency (34) and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones (55) chase Morency’s fumble in the second quarter of their football game Monday in Philadelphia. The Packers’ Colin Cole recovered the fumble.AP photo
PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb looked like his old, scrambling self. Brett Favre looked, well, old.
McNabb ran for two touchdowns and threw for a pair, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-9 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.
Meanwhile, Favre misfired badly on several passes and his passes were intercepted twice, with both picks leading to Philadelphia scores. He left with a slight head injury late in the fourth quarter.
McNabb finished 16-of-30 for 288 yards and had 45 yards rushing. He scored on runs of 6 and 15 yards, and connected with Greg Lewis on TD passes of 45 and 30 yards.
Playing without injured running back Brian Westbrook, the Eagles started slow and trailed 9-7 at halftime following three field goals from Green Bay’s Dave Rayner, including a 54-yarder. Correll Buckhalter lost two fumbles inside the Packers 5 in the first half.
But McNabb used his legs in the third quarter to ignite the offense and lead the Eagles (3-1) to their third victory by a double-digit margin.
On the opening possession of the third quarter, McNabb twice kept the drive going by running for first downs on third-and-10. He got 14 yards on his first dash and juked for 12 more to the Packers 42 on the second one.
David Akers then kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 10-9 lead, and they never looked back.
On Philly’s next drive, Lewis blew past cornerback Ahmad Carroll, caught McNabb’s pass in stride inside the 5 and fought his way into the end zone to give the Eagles a 17-9 lead.
After rookie defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey intercepted a tipped pass and lost 12 yards on the return, McNabb and Lewis hooked up again to put Philadelphia ahead 24-9. Lewis was wide open after running a short out route, made the catch and easily streaked into the end zone.
On the next series, Michael Lewis intercepted Favre’s overthrown pass at the Eagles 13 and returned it to the 34.