Earlier this week, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb wrote that he was "embarrassed" by the way he and his teammates were playing over the past couple of weeks. Well, Donovan can turn that frown upside down, at least for today, as the Eagles put up 23 fourth quarter points on their way to a 40-26 win at San Francisco.
McNabb completed 23 of 36 passes for 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while DeSean Jackson hauled in six passes for 98 yards in his homecoming of sorts. And they did it all without Brian Westbrook.
The Eagles had to come from behind after blowing a 17-6 lead of their own, and it started to slip away on the last play of the first half when San Francisco's Anthony Strickland returned a blocked field goal 41 yards for a touchdown. On the opening drive of the second half, Frank Gore capped off a six-play, 78-yard drive when he scored on a six-yard run to give the 49ers their first lead of the day. Gore finished the game with 101 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Later in the quarter, Joe Nedney booted a 29-yard field pushing the San Francisco lead to nine points. Things looked good for the 49ers ... until the fourth quarter started.
At that point, the Eagles took over, while 49ers quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan turned into a one-man turnover machine in the final six minutes.
McNabb connected with L.J. Smith early in the quarter to pull the Eagles to within two points, and then a 38-yard David Akers field goal gave the Eagles the lead for good. It was around that point when O'Sullivan started handing the ball back over to the Eagles on every possession, seemingly giving them the game. He threw a pair of picks -- one of which was returned 55 yards for a touchdown by Juqua Parker -- and fumbled, all in the final six minutes of the game.
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He finished 17-of-30 for 199 yards and zero touchdowns.