NFL Roundup: Eagles clinch berth despite snow
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A winter storm couldn't slow down the Philadelphia Eagles. They are plowing their way to the playoffs.
Donovan McNabb threw for one touchdown and ran for another, DeSean Jackson had 140 yards receiving as the host Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers, 27-13, to clinch a playoff berth for the eighth time this decade.
With San Francisco's loss, the Arizona Cardinals clinched their second consecutive NFC West title.
The Eagles (10-4) have won five games in a row and have a one-game lead over Dallas in the NFC East. Philadelphia visits the Cowboys in two weeks.
The start of the game was pushed back three hours because the city was still recovering from the second-largest snowfall it has seen since records began in 1884. A total of 23.2 inches of snow fell in Philadelphia on Saturday.
It didn't seem that bad inside Lincoln Financial Field until some fans started throwing snow in the fourth quarter.
Once LeSean McCoy scored on a 2-yard run to put the Eagles ahead 27-13, a few of the frozen die-hards celebrated by tossing snow up in the air.
Frank Gore ran for 107 yards, becoming the first player to surpass 100 yards against the Eagles in 24 games. But the 49ers (6-8) couldn't overcome Alex Smith's three interceptions.
• Raiders 20, Broncos 19: JaMarcus Russell returned to the Oakland's lineup in time to hurt Denver's playoff hopes. Russell threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chaz Schilens with 35 seconds left for a scrum-filled win against host Denver.
• Cardinals 31, Lions 24: Kurt Warner threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 1:54 left, lifting visiting Arizona past Detroit. Arizona (9-5) clinched the NFC West when the Eagles defeated San Francisco later in the day.
• Patriots 17, Bills 10: A week after being accused of quitting by Carolina Panthers defenders, Randy Moss bounced back with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in New England's victory at Buffalo. Tully Banta-Cain had three of New England's six sacks to anchor a banged-up defense.
• Texans 16, Rams 13: Matt Schaub had his eighth 300-yard passing game and Andre Johnson set a season best with 196 yards receiving, but visiting Houston ended up leaning on field goals to hold off lowly St. Louis.
• Buccaneers 24, Seahawks 7: Rookie Josh Freeman shook off his ninth interception in just over two games to throw two touchdown passes in the second half, rallying visiting Tampa Bay past Seattle.
• Falcons 10, Jets 7: Tony Gonzalez caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan on a fourth-down play with 1:38 remaining to lift visiting Atlanta to a victory that seriously damaged New York's postseason chances.
First Published December 21, 2009 12:52 am