PHILADELPHIA – David Akers could barely walk onto the field. He limped off it smiling.

Fighting through a strained right hamstring that left him writhing in pain on the ground earlier, Akers made a 23-yard field goal with 9 seconds left to lift the Philadelphia Eagles to a 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Donovan McNabb, playing with chest and groin injuries, threw for 365 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brian Westbrook caught a TD pass, ran for a score and had 140 yards receiving. Terrell Owens had nine catches, including his 100th career touchdown.

After Kerry Collins threw a 27-yard TD pass to Doug Gabriel to tie it at 20 with 2:17 left, McNabb drove the Eagles downfield.

Westbrook caught passes of 13 and 17 yards, Greg Lewis made a 13-yard catch on third-and-9 and Owens had a 14-yard reception to set up Akers’ kick.

Akers reinjured his hamstring on the opening kickoff, forcing linebacker Mark Simoneau to try one extra point – it was blocked – and third-string tight end Mike Bartrum had to kick off.

But Akers came back to make two extra points and the winning field goal in the second half.

Randy Moss had five catches for 86 yards, but didn’t score as Oakland fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1992. Moss had two receptions for 26 yards through the first three quarters.

A week after tying his career-best with five TD passes in a 42-3 rout over San Francisco, McNabb was out of sync early. Bothered by the injuries that have limited him in practice, McNabb appeared unable to follow through on some passes, struggled to get up after a few hits and walked around gingerly.

But McNabb found his rhythm in the second half, and finished 30-of-52 with one interception.

McNabb’s 4-yard pass to Owens put the Eagles ahead for the first time early in the third quarter, and Akers made the extra point for a 13-10 lead. DeLawrence Grant was penalized for roughing the passer on third down, prolonging the drive leading to Owens’ 100th score, including two on runs.

Known for his flamboyant celebrations, Owens again was low-key this week, though he did wiggle his hips a little and flip the ball.

A 62-yard pass to Westbrook set up Westbrook’s 5-yard TD catch on a shovel pass that made it 20-10 late in the third period.

Sebastian Janikowski hit a 26-yard field goal, but after L.J. Smith fumbled at Oakland’s 2, the Raiders drove to the Eagles 19. Janikowski missed a 37-yarder; he hit the left upright on a 49-yard attempt earlier.

Moss helped set up Philadelphia’s first score by dropping a long pass that would’ve allowed Oakland to convert a third-and-9 from its 5. The Eagles took over at the Raiders 49 following a punt.

After a holding penalty on safety Derrick Gibson negated a sack on McNabb, Westbrook scored from 18 yards. Simoneau, who made an extra point last week, couldn’t convert this time.

Once the Raiders finally got the ball after three kickoffs to start the game, they had little trouble finding the end zone on an 8-yard pass from Collins to LaMont Jordan. The Eagles were offside on the first two kickoffs by Akers, and Bartrum then kicked off out of bounds, giving Oakland the ball at midfield.

The Eagles signed Todd France to the practice squad earlier in the week, but still decided to go with Akers.

AP-ES-09-25-05 1657EDT


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