Donovan McNabb Is Mr. Choke Artist

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IJanuary 19, 2009

The Philadelphia Eagles have just lost the NFC Championship for the fourth time in eight years.

Who was the quarterback for the Eagles during ALL four of these losses?

Donovan McNabb.

Because football is not a team game, and it is only the quarterback that determines the outcome of championship games, McNabb is clearly to blame for all four of these losses.

Let's take a look at the first NFC Championship loss.

McNabb gave the Eagles a 17-13 lead over St. Louis at halftime. Pretty good, right? Wrong. McNabb choked and allowed the Rams to put up 16 points in the second half, while his offense only scored seven points.

This would be the first of three straight NFC Championship losses for McNabb.

The next year the Eagles would find themselves in a similar situation.

McNabb's Eagles only trailed Tampa Bay 17-10 at halftime.

McNabb, being the choke artist that he is, was shut out in the second half, while his poor tackling allowed the Buccaneers to score 10 more points.

In 2004, the Eagles found themselves heavy favorites in the NFC Championship game as they hosted the Carolina Panthers.

At the end of the first half, the Eagles were only down 7-3. McNabb was again shut out in the second half, and the Panthers won 14-3 while keeping McNabb to 10-of-20 passing for only 100 yards.

Remember, football is not a team game and ONLY Donovan McNabb was to blame for all three of these losses.

In 2005, the Eagles hosted their third straight NFC Championship game.

McNabb's Eagles trounced the Falcons, 27-10. McNabb was not shut out in the second half and dominated the Falcons' defense.

This win can be credited to every single Eagles player EXCEPT McNabb, because it is the consensus that McNabb had amazing players around him. Therefore, the victory doesn't mean that much for McNabb career-wise.

I will not go into details on the Super Bowl because the Patriots cheated for the win anyway...

In McNabb's latest NFC Championship, he choked again.

With plenty of time remaining on the clock, McNabb was unable to score the game-tying touchdown for his team.

We all know McNabb was unable to contain Larry Fitzgerald and allowed him to score three TDs on the Eagles.

Because the Eagles are now 1-4 in NFC Championship situations—and just getting there isn't enough—it has been determined by my own esteemed opinion that Donovan McNabb is a choke artist.

***This is a humor article. I do not actually think McNabb is a choke artist. I am merely making fun of the people who decide that losing a handful of games makes a player a choke artist.***