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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle, left, works a blocking drill with teammate Jevon Kearse on Saturday, July, 31, 2004, at the team's training facility in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo)
War Nest
Posted Oct 3, 2005


One of the many positives in the Eagles' come-from-behind, 37-31 win over the Chiefs was the play of defensive end Jevon Kearse. Kearse, who had been invisible in the Eagles' first three games, triggered the comeback from a 24-6 deficit by forcing a momentum-changing fumble from Chiefs running back Larry Johnson late in the second quarter.

The takeaway set up a five-play, 50-yard scoring drive that ended with Donovan McNabb hitting Terrell Owens for a 7-yard touchdown.

Kearse later notched his first sack of the season, beating Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez with an inside move. He also batted away a pass.

"It was just a matter of time with Jevon," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. "Everybody was worried about him. But he's playing good, he's playing hard."

Johnson tried to keep Kearse fresh by inserting backup Juqua Thomas and giving him frequent one- and two-play breathers.

"That's what we expect from him," linemate N.D. Kalu said. "That's the Freak we all know."

Kearse, who was given a $16 million signing bonus when he came to the Eagles last season, has just 4 1/2 sacks in his last 13 games.

"Something had to give sooner or later," Kearse said. "It was good to finally get another sack."

--The Eagles have attempted a league-high 174 passes in their first three games and have run the ball just 79 times. That means they've thrown the ball 70 percent of the time thus far. In Andy Reid's previous six seasons in Philadelphia, the Eagles never have thrown the ball more than 60 percent of the time.

REPLAY

The Eagles spotted the Chiefs a 24-6 lead, then put together their biggest comeback effort in 12 years to win 37-31. Quarterback Donovan McNabb, playing with a painful sports hernia that hindered his mobility, notched his third straight 300-yard passing performance. He completed 33 of 48 attempts for 369 yards and three touchdowns.

The Eagles defense forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by cornerback Sheldon Brown, who returned one for a touchdown.

PLAYER NOTES

--DT Paul Grasmanis tore his Achilles tendon for the second time in the last three years and will miss the rest of the season.

--DT Darwin Walker missed his second straight game with a deep thigh bruise. But with Paul Grasmanis out for the season with an Achilles tear, the Eagles are hoping he'll be back for Sunday's game against Dallas.

--QB Donovan McNabb appeared to get out of Sunday's game without doing further damage to his injured abdomen. McNabb notched his third straight 300-yard passing game and threw three TD passes.

--FS Brian Dawkins sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter Sunday on the same play on which Paul Grasmanis suffered his season-ending Achilles tear. Dawkins left the game for a play, got the ankle taped and returned.

--LG Artis Hicks sprained his ankle in the first half against the Chiefs and could miss Sunday's game against Dallas. He'll have an MRI on the ankle Monday. He was replaced by second-year man Adrien Clarke, who played well.


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