Eagles Stay Alive with win 26-10 win Over Dolphins
RB LeSean McCoy currently leads the NFL with a career-high 17 total touchdowns after picking up two more rushing scores on the day. His 1,172 rushingyards on the season ranks 9th all time in Eagles history, and his touchdowns are second behind Steve Van Buren’s 18 in 1945. His 14 rushing touchdowns are second behind Van Buren’s 15 in 1945 … McCoy has scored a touchdown in 12 of 13 games in 2011 … It was McCoy’s fifth multi-touchdown game of the year.
The Eagles defense accumulated nine sacks on the day, their highest total since registering 9 on 9/21/08 vs. Pittsburgh. According to Stats Inc., it tied for the third-most in team history … LBs Brian Rolle and Casey Matthews each notched their first-career quarterback takedown. It was just the second time in team history that the Eagles had two rookies with a full sack in the same game (Randall Mitchell and Matt Battaglia on 10/4/87 vs. Chicago) … First-year DE Phillip Hunt also notched his first-career sack, which resulted in a safety … The Eagles have had 13 different players register at least a half sack this season.
DE Jason Babin tied a single-game career high with three sacks and now has a career-high 15 on the season, which is the most since Hugh Douglas had 15 in 2000, and the seventh-highest single-season total in team history. Babin also forced a fumble which was recovered by DT Mike Patterson. It was Babin’s 11th multi-sack game and his fifth of 2011 … DE Trent Cole also registered three sacks and now has nine on the season. It was his 16th-career multi-sack game … The only other time in franchise history that the Eagles featured two players with three or more sacks in the same game was on 11/22/92 at NYG (Clyde Simmons – 3.0; Reggie White – 3.5).
Getting off the Field
The defense allowed just three first-half first downs and 11 overall … They held the Dolphins to 3-15 (20.0%) on third down and 0-3 on fourth down … The Eagles surrendered just 95 net passing yards and 204 total net yards, while forcing three turnovers.
Offensive Quick Hits
The Eagles scored 26 points against a Dolphins team that had allowed just 10.4 points per game over their previous five contests, and had not allowed more than two offensive touchdowns in a game since the season-opener against New England … WR DeSean Jackson caught a 34-yard touchdown, his third score of the season. Of Jackson’s 29 career touchdowns (including playoffs), 21 have covered 30-plus yards … WR Jason Avant set a career-high with 602 receiving yards so far this season.
S Kurt Coleman intercepted his fourth pass of the season, racing it all the way down to the one-yard line and leading to a touchdown. The last Eagles safety with four or more interceptions in a season was Brian Dawkins, who had four in 2006 … CB Asante Samuel forced and recovered a fumble.
Andy Reid improved his record to 3-1 all time against the Dolphins. He also upped his career December record to 36-15 (.706) … K Alex Henery has connected on 11 consecutive field goal attempts … P Chas Henry had a career-best 46.6-yard gross punting average on nine punts, including four that landed inside the 20-yard line.