Rookie Joe Webb leads Vik­ings to shock win over Ea­gles

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

PHILADEL­PHIA: Un­tried rookie quar­ter­back Joe Webb led the Min­nesota Vik­ings to a shock­ing 24-14 up­set vic­tory over the Philadel­phia Ea­gles on Tues­day.

Mak­ing his first NFL start in place of the in­jured Brett Favre, Webb threw for 195 yards with­out an in­ter­cep­tion and ran for a touch­down.

Adrian Peter­son ran for 118 yards and a score as the Vik­ings (6-9) snapped the ex­plo­sive Ea­gles' three-game win­ning streak. "You al­ways have to have com­po­sure as a quar­ter- back," Webb told re­porters.

"You al­ways have to show (your team mates) that you have con­fi­dence no mat­ter the score. My team mates were ral­ly­ing be­hind me the whole game and I have to give those guys credit."

Philadel­phia (10-5), who clinched the NFC East Di­vi­sion with the New York Giants' loss on Sun­day, were com­ing off a stun­ning come­back from 21 points down in the fi­nal eight min­utes to beat the Giants last week.

MVP can­di­date Michael Vick threw for 263 yards and ac­counted for two touch­downs against Min­nesota but was held in check and sacked six times.

He also threw an in­ter­cep­tion and spilled two fum­bles as he was ha­rassed all game by the vis­it­ing de­fense.

"You have to take the good with the bad," said Vick, who limped most of the night and ap­peared to suf­fer a mi­nor in­jury early.

"I've got to do a bet­ter job of pro­tect­ing the foot­ball. The thing to do now is to re­group, look at our mis­takes and get bet­ter.

The Ea­gles had a chance to clinch a bye in the first round of the play­offs by win­ning their fi­nal two games of the sea­son and hav­ing the Chicago Bears lose their fi­nale, but fell short.

Min­nesota de­fen­sive back An­toine Win­field forced a fum­ble from Vick and re­turned it 45 yards for a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. Webb added a nine-yard score in the third to give the Vik­ings a 17-7 lead.

Vick scored on a 10-yard run to pull the Ea­gles within 1714 with 10:17 re­main­ing but the Vik­ings re­sponded with a 60yard drive that led to Peter­son's game-clinch­ing 1-yard TD. -Ap

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