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Rookie Joe Webb Leads Vikings to Shock Win Over Eagles

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(Reuters) - Untried rookie quarterback Joe Webb led the Minnesota Vikings to a shocking 24-14 upset victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Making his first NFL start in place of the injured Brett Favre, Webb threw for 195 yards without an interception and ran for a touchdown.

Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards and a score as the Vikings (6-9) snapped the explosive Eagles' three-game winning streak.

"You always have to have composure as a quarterback," Webb told reporters.

"You always have to show (your team mates) that you have confidence no matter the score. My team mates were rallying behind me the whole game and I have to give those guys credit."

Philadelphia (10-5), who clinched the NFC East Division with the New York Giants' loss on Sunday, were coming off a stunning comeback from 21 points down in the final eight minutes to beat the Giants last week.

MVP candidate Michael Vick threw for 263 yards and accounted for two touchdowns against Minnesota but was held in check and sacked six times.

He also threw an interception and spilled two fumbles as he was harassed all game by the visiting defense.

"You have to take the good with the bad," said Vick, who limped most of the night and appeared to suffer a minor injury early.

"I've got to do a better job of protecting the football. The thing to do now is to regroup, look at our mistakes and get better.

The Eagles had a chance to clinch a bye in the first round of the playoffs by winning their final two games of the season and having the Chicago Bears lose their finale, but fell short.

Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield forced a fumble from Vick and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Webb added a nine-yard score in the third to give the Vikings a 17-7 lead.

Vick scored on a 10-yard run to pull the Eagles within 17-14 with 10:17 remaining but the Vikings responded with a 60-yard drive that led to Peterson's game-clinching 1-yard TD.

Peterson returned to action after he was sidelined with a thigh injury in last week's loss to the Bears.

Favre suffered a concussion in that game and has said his career would come to a close after the Week 17 season finale whether he played or not.

The game was the first Tuesday contest in the NFL since 1946. It was originally scheduled for Sunday but postponed due to snow blizzards in Philadelphia.

(Editing by John O'Brien)

 

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