McNabb enjoys Philadelphia Eagles' options in 30-27 win over Broncos
About 18 hours ago: Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Avant (81) catches a tipped pass for a touchdown as Denver Broncos' Renaldo Hill (23) defends in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - David Akers nailed a 28-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game, as the Eagles overcame blowing a 17-point lead in the second half to hold off Denver, 30-27, in a matchup packed with far-reaching playoff implications.
Donovan McNabb passed for 322 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, completing 20-of-35 throws.
Brent Celek caught two scores amid a 121-yard receiving effort, while DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant also had receiving scores for Philadelphia (11-4), which secured an invitation to the playoffs with last Sunday's victory over San Francisco.
The win over Denver puts the Eagles on the precipice of clinching the NFC East. However, that depends on the outcome of Dallas' divisional matchup with Washington in Sunday's nightcap. The Cowboys, 1 1/2 games back in the standings, will host Philadelphia in the regular-season finale on January 3.
Kyle Orton threw three touchdown passes and an interception amid a 189-yard passing effort. He finished 27-of-41 passing, with two of his scores going to Jabar Gaffney, who made seven grabs for 69 yards.
Knowshon Moreno had the other receiving touchdown, and Brandon Marshall caught eight passes for 39 yards for Denver (8-7), whose playoff chances diminish with each passing week. Losses in seven of the last nine games have placed the Broncos' once-certain chances of reaching the playoffs in clear jeopardy.
The defeat further muddled the AFC's wild card picture; Denver is now tied with the Jets, Houston, Pittsburgh and Baltimore at 8-7 with two spots up for grabs. Miami and Jacksonville remain a game back heading into the final week of the regular season.