The Eagles are heading back to the NFC Championship game after their 23-11 win over the division-rival New York Giants at the Meadowlands. If you remember I picked the Eagles to win 24-14 prior to the game. My prediction came dangerously close.
The Eagles played very well earlier this afternoon. Well, let's say their defense played very well. Asante Samuel came up with a big pick that led to the game's first touchdown. Samuel has been worth every penny the Eagles gave him. He consistently comes up with clutch interceptions.
Donovan McNabb played alright in this game. He makes some good throws and he makes some throws that make you scratch your head. As long as he can score enough points, the defense will hold the other team. That's one of the things I have learned about the Eagles in their two playoff games.
The Eagles will now have a shot to go to their third Super Bowl in team history if they can just beat the Arizona Cardinals in the desert. They killed the Cardinals 48-20 on Thanksgiving Day earlier this season. So why can't they do it again? I have a feeling it won't be as easy as last time. It's always harder in the playoffs (just ask the New England Patriots). Even without their star wideout Anquan Boldin, the Cardinals will still be tough to beat.
Reminder: McNabb is 1-4 in NFC Championship games. But, hey, that's better than not getting that far at all. McNabb has had great games against the Cards in that past, but that's mostly because they stunk.
These Eagles may be ones destined to win the Super Bowl. They have no pressure on them. Most Eagles fans still can't believe their in the playoffs. That's why they are playing so well. Did you see McNabb pick up the phone on the Giant sideline? He calm, cool, and collected on the field. He is having fun and enjoying the moment. He used to get nervous in the big games (cough, puking incident, cough). He knows this may be his last chance. Not just his last chance, maybe team leaders Brain Dawkins and Jon Runyan's last chance to. They want to make the most of it.