2002 Brian Dawkins Record and Defeating Tampa Bay

Both of these games were at Veterans Stadium.

Brian Dawkins set a record against the Houston Texans. He became the first person to do the following in one game:

–caught a 57 yard touchdown pass on a fake punt;

–returned a pass interception 27 yards;

–sacked the quarterback and;

–recovered a fumble.

The Eagles beat the Texans 35 to 17.


In 2002, Philadelphia also defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Eagles got six sacks for 29 yards.  Duce Staley gained 152 yards on 24 carries.  With four minutes left in the game,  Tampa Bay trailed 20 to 10.  Bucs kicker Martin Gramatia attempted a field goal from 28 yards.  He missed badly.  Donovan McNabb handed off to Duce Staley, who ran 60 yards.  This settled the 20 to 10 victory.  Too bad the Eagles couldn’t  duplicate this effort vs Tampa in the NFC Title Game.

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