Eagles Donovan McNabb escapes the clutches of Mike McKenzie to run for
another first down. He killed the Packers running for 107 total yards.
McNabb started out completing only 1 of his first seven passes and fumbling away
the ball. That fumble directly led to a 7-0 lead for the Packers on the very
next play. Then, MmcNabb was simply unbelievable, completing 62.5% of the rest
of his passes. Though he was sacked 8 times, he escaped the rush many more times
making big play after big play.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stat Of The Week
The Eagles did not have a rushing TD against Green Bay. The last time that did
not happen was way back in game #1 of this season. McNabb's 107 rushing yards
are the most in NFL playoff history. The old record was held by the late Otto Graham
who rushed for 99 yards in the 1950 NFC Championship Game. Also, Donovan McNabb's
10th and 11th career playoff TD passes broke the franchise record held by Ron
Jaworski. Jaws had 10. The Eagles are now 7-1 this year when allowing a 100-yard
rusher. Ahman Green's 156 ruhing yards broke the Packers record for most rushing yards
in a plyoff game. The old record of 116 yards was held by Dorsey Levins set against
the 49ers in a 1998 Wild Card game in Candlestick Park.
This week's Sports Illustrated cover.
The Miracle Of 4th & 26 Which |
Led To An Improbable Eagles Win.
“You Gotta Believe”, the famous quote from Tug McGraw, who sadly passed away last week, is what these
Philadelphia Eagles are all about. Miracles can also help and there were plenty to go around on Sunday.
What more can be said about the “4th-and-26” play? That play will go down in Eagles history like some
of their greatest plays of all-time, like: Wilbert Montgomery off tackle to the end zone against the
Dallas Cowboys, or Randall Cunningham’s flying leap into the end zone against the Giants on Monday
Night Football and finally, Herman Edwards touchdown in the “Miracle of the Meadowlands” back in 1978.
Get real, 4th-and-26 should be like 4th-and-forever! Most teams probably would use the “Hail Mary” play.
“First Down” Freddie Mitchell ran straight down the middle and caught a laser pass from McNabb and he
had 2 yards to spare. It wasn’t over yet as the Eagles still need to move the ball another 20+ yards
to give David Akers a realistic chance of tying the game with a FG. McNabb threw another key pass to
Mitchell for 8 yards and then completed a pass to Todd Pinkston for 8 yards a first down. A couple of
running plays and Akers was out on the field to make history. Of course, the Green bay Packers called
a time out to try to freeze the Eagles kicker. Akers had missed his last 3 FG’s at this same side of
the stadium. The other 2 were against the 49ers, three weeks ago. Akers kicked it perfect anyway and
that sent the fans into a loud frenzy as the Eagles and Packers are going to overtime.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
If you thought the game was exiting so far, OT just added to the dramatics. The Eagles won the toss
and elected to receive, while the Packers choose the wind at their backs. The eagles went 3-and-out
as McNabb was sacked twice more for 8 sacks all told. On the Packers first play, the Eagles defense
caught Favre by surprise and he tried to heave a long one downfield over everyone’s heads. In fact
it was more like a punt and free safety Brian Dawkins was there for the INT. He could of called for
a fair catch. He didn’t and ran it back 35 yards to the Green Bay 35-yard line. A couple of shot
McNabb passes and some runs by Duce Staley put the ball on the 15-yard line. Akers came out and
kicked the winning FG to send the 68,000 some crazies at the Linc into pandemonium. It was a big
sigh of relief for the men in midnight green. There were other miracles besides the 4th-and-26 play.
There was the play where McNabb escaped being sacked by both Kabeer Gbaja-Bamila and Cletidus Hunt
and then throwing a perfect pass to Todd Pinkston in the corner of the end zone. That tied the game
at 14-14 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Donovan McNabb took the entire team on his back and willed them to victory. He finished the game with
a 90.5 QB rating completing 21-of-39 passes for 248 yards with 2 TD’s. Brett Favre was 15-of-28 with
180 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 very big INT. His INT led directly to the Eagles third consecutive trip to
the NFC Championship Game. Another important stat actually shows that Donovan McNabb had 109 yards
himself on that game-tying touchdown drive which officially went into the books as an 89-yard drive.
You add the 2 holding penalties and you get a 109-yard drive. Someday, we may even think of McNabb
with the likes of Elway, Montana and Starr. We can also thank Packers coach Mike Sherman for getting
cold feet on that 4th-and-1 play with only 2:30 left in the game. First, Favre tried to coax the
defense in going offsides, and then they decided to punt the ball anyway. Big mistake. The Eagles
also stuffed Ahman Green at the one-yard line on a fourth down play just before the half. The Packers
should have just kicked the FG there and they would have a 17-7 lead. Both decisions will go down as
the wrong decision. But how can you foresee into the future. Well anyway, they both failed and you
know the end results.
This game will go down as one of the most exciting playoff games in Eagles history. It was tension-filled
the entire game until Brian Dawkins made the big INT in overtime. After that, there was no question what
would happen next. Thank God we have Andy Reid as our coach and not Mike Sherman or even Mike Martz, who
should form a new club along with Rich Kotite called the “Big Dumb Ass Coaches Club” or something to the
effect. Did you notice Reid and McNabb holding hands on the winning FG kick? That shows the trust and
relationship they have between each other. He still ahs a long way to join the greats like Bart Starr
or even Brett Favre, both great packer QB who have at least 1 Super Bowl ring each. The future is now
and McNabb must seize this opportunity as his time to shine in the “Big Dance”. First, he must lead
the team over Carolina next week, and then you can start booking your tickets to Houston on February
1st. It will be plenty cold this coming week for the Panthers, who won their first ever playoff game
on the road at the loud Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. But now he is coming to Philadelphia where our
notorious and infamous fans will rein down insults and other objects if allowed. Everyone was talking
about destiny with Favre and the Packers, but maybe destiny is really with the Philadelphia Eagles. We
will know by 10pm on Sunday night. Let’s go! Let’s do it! Let’s do it now!!