Running away with it: Anderson, Bell pace Broncos
Last Update: 10/30/2005 7:30:44 PM
Tatum Bell ran for two touchdowns and Mike Anderson added a score for Denver (6-2), which rebounded from last weekend's tough loss at Giants Stadium. Eli Manning threw a TD pass in the waning seconds for a one-point win.
Anderson posted 126 yards on 21 carries, while Bell tallied 107 yards on 14 touches on Sunday. Denver racked up 564 total yards to Philadelphia's 351 yards and trotted out to an insurmountable 28-0 lead.
The Broncos, who are alone in first place in the AFC West, have won two in a row against Philadelphia, including a 41-16 drubbing in the last meeting on October 4, 1998.
Denver, which is a perfect 5-0 at home this season, has a bye next week and then travels to Oakland for a division battle on November 13.
Donovan McNabb rectified an awful first half, passing for 283 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. McNabb, who is nursing a myriad of injuries, ended 12-of-34 passing after starting the game 0-for-12.
Terrell Owens hauled in three passes for 154 yards and a touchdown and Brian Westbrook contributed 104 total yards and a score.
Philadelphia (4-3) was coming off a big win at home against San Diego, but couldn't carry over the momentum on Sunday. The Eagles, who are in last place in the division, will visit the NFC East-rival Washington Redskins next Sunday night.
The Broncos were hot right off the bat, marching 74 yards on 10 plays for a 7-0 lead on Anderson's two-yard touchdown run. The TD at 10:17 of the first quarter was keyed by Ashley Lelie's 32-yard reception.
After the Eagles punted away for the second time, Denver took a 14-0 advantage on Plummer's six-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Johnson, who capped a 50-yard march with 4:30 remaining in the quarter.
Philadelphia's offense continued to sputter and Rod Smith made the visitors pay, hauling in a two-yard touchdown pass at 12:16 of the second quarter for a 21-0 cushion. It was Smith's 65th career TD reception, tying running back Terrell Davis' franchise mark.
John Lynch picked off a tipped pass and the Broncos continued to shred Philadelphia's defense, taking a 28-0 lead thanks to Plummer's three-yard touchdown strike to Stephen Alexander with 7:47 to go in the half. Anderson kept the drive alive with a six-yard run on 3rd-and-1.
The Eagles finally reached the scoreboard on L.J. Smith's one-yard TD grab with 1:13 on the clock to make it 28-7. Reggie Brown had a 35-yard catch and Westbrook chipped in 42 total yards during the six-play, 80-yard drive.
Denver had 312 yards at the half (212 passing), while the Eagles recorded 111 yards after two quarters of play, including 74 yards through the air.
Philadelphia came out of the locker room on fire and scored 14 straight points to pull within a touchdown. Owens caught a quick pass from McNabb, put a move on Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey and raced 91 yards for a TD and a 28-14 score at 9:46 of the third quarter.
The Broncos couldn't get much going on offense and Philadelphia took advantage on Westbrook's 14-yard touchdown catch and run. The score made it 28-21 with 1:33 remaining in the third stanza.
Domonique Foxworth picked off a McNabb pass in the end zone to stifle an early fourth-quarter drive, and the Broncos capitalized minutes later on Todd Devoe's 44-yard touchdown reception at 9:53 of the period. Denver moved the ball 80 yards in five plays to restore its double-digit lead at 35-21.
Bell's 67-yard touchdown sprint with less than seven minutes to go in the game staked the Broncos to an insurmountable 42-21 lead. Bell then had a six-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds left to complete the scoring.
Denver has won seven in a row at home...The Broncos own a record of 28-9 at Invesco Field...Anderson and Bell are both on pace for 1,000 yards this season...Plummer, whose 309 yards passing was a season high, has a touchdown pass in 11 of 12 career games versus the Eagles...Philadelphia is 5-3 in the last eight meetings with the Broncos, including a 2-2 mark out west...McNabb's 91-yard touchdown pass to Owens was a career high for both players...Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse left the game with a shoulder injury, while safety Michael Lewis departed with a leg problem...Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter led the way with 10 tackles, while Broncos linebacker Ian Gold had eight stops...Lelie had 81 yards on three catches and Smith notched 76 yards on five catches...The Eagles had 79 yards rushing for the game to Denver's 255 yards on the ground...Denver controlled the clock for exactly 37 minutes on Sunday.