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Eagles oust Giants
Donovan McNabb steers his team to a 23-11 victory over the New York Giants.
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2009 22:41 GMT

Asante Samuel enjoys his interception [GALLO/GETTY]
Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles eliminated the Super Bowl champion New York Giants 23-11 to reach the NFC title game for the fifth time in eight seasons.

McNabb lunged for one touchdown, threw for another and converted several key third downs to move the sixth-seeded Eagles (11-6-1) into next Sunday's title game at Arizona (11-7).

But the Eagles will travel with some confidence and the memory of their 48-20 victory over the Cardinals over the Thanksgiving weekend.

A year after road success fueled the Giants' route, the Eagles are taking the same path.

They opened the postseason by winning at Minnesota and, after their sixth victory in seven matches, look nothing like a team that scrapped into the playoffs on the final day.

David Akers added three field goals, extending his NFL record to 18 straight in the postseason, to fend off the top-seeded Giants (12-5).

Manning suffers

For the Giants, Eli Manning looked a shadow of the quarterback who won last year's Super Bowl with that one perfect spiral to Plaxico Burress.

MVP of that huge upset over New England in last year's showpiece, Manning was in trouble from the start.

Eli Manning suffers a tough day at the office [GALLO/GETTY]
His first pass wobbled out of his hand, got caught in the wind and missed a wide-open receiver.

Manning ended up 15-for-29 with two interceptions, often overthrowing his targets as the Giants lost for the fourth time in five games to finish their title defence with a whimper.

The defeat also added to the Giants woeful playoff record on the home soil. They now haven't won a playoff game at Giants Stadium since 2000.

Philly fans, meanwhile, headed down the New Jersey Turnpike after another big win for their city,  the Phillies won the baseball World Series in October.

Tough encounter

Playing in freezing temperatures with a swirling wind, it was the kind of game many people expected from teams meeting for the eighth time in three seasons.

Several skirmishes broke out early and the bruising hits lasted all afternoon.

McNabb, however, kept Philadelphia moving. Benched in late November for half a game, he never has acknowledged that the slight hurt him.

He has, however, seemed to play with a huge chip on his shoulder, to the Eagles' benefit.

McNabb converted a third-and-20 set up Akers' 34-yard kick for a 13-11 lead in the third quarter.

Then on the first play of the fourth quarter, he made a perfect play-action fake for a 1-yard TD toss to Brent Celek.

It was the Eagles' second win at the Meadowlands this campaign after they were the only team to win on Giants' turf during the regular season.

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