Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Nate Allen (29) tackles Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) during the second half of an NFL Football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. The Eagles won 23-21. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Reinhold Matay

How it happened

Score at halftime: Eagles 10, Buccaneers 0

Score after third quarter: Eagles 10, Buccaneers 7

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Team rushing yardage: Eagles 29, Buccaneers 136

Team passing yardage: Eagles 338, Buccaneers 178

Penalties-yards: Eagles 2-13, Buccaneers 8-60

Time of possession: Eagles 29:51, Buccaneers 30:09

Eagles’ best number: 381 (Nick Foles’ passing yards)

Eagles’ worst number: 6 (sacks by Tampa Bay’s defense)

You had to be there

Former Bucs coaches and players such as fullback Mike Alstott, linebacker Derrick Brooks, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and coach Jon Gruden gathered on the field at halftime to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Super Bowl-winning season. They beat the Eagles 27-10 in the NFC championship game that season.

Three stars

1. Foles (two touchdown passes, one TD run)

2. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (128 rushing yards, one TD)

3. Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (133 receiving yards)

Turning point

The Eagles’ rally looked to be over when they had a fourth down from the Buccaneers’ 23-yard line with 16 seconds left in regulation. Foles kept it alive with a 22-yard pass to Avant that set up the winning touchdown.

Eagles’ best play

Avant made a spectacular one-handed catch in the second quarter. Avant jumped and hauled in the pass with his left hand while falling backward for a 20-yard gain that led to Alex Henery’s 28-yard field goal.

Eagles’ worst play

The Eagles had a 10-0 lead and the momentum when rookie punt returner Damaris Johnson muffed a kick deep in Philadelphia territory during the third quarter. The Buccaneers recovered and scored their first touchdown.

Did you notice?

Eagles punter Mat McBriar had a season-best 66-yarder on the first series. ... Jamar Chaney started at outside linebacker instead of Akeem Jordan. ... Tight end Brent Celek suffered a concussion on the first play from scrimmage and did not return. ... Eagles tackle King Dunlap gave up two sacks in the first half, including one to former Eagle Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. ... Avant made a pair of great catches in the second quarter. ... Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha suffered a neck injury and bruised thigh in the second quarter but returned for the second half. ... Henery missed two field-goal attemptss after making 22 in a row. ... The Bucs’ defense committed three penalties during the Eagles’ game-winning drive.

Parting shots

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin: “I’m just happy to get a win, man. It’s been two months.”

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman: “Anytime you lose and lose close, it’s going to be rough. Philly just made more plays than us.”

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