Even though the score was 31-30, and there were more than 20 minutes remaining in the game, Andy Reid might as well have packed the bags and told the boys to get on the bus for a three-hour ride down the turnpike.
Eagles fans are jaded because they have seen this team toy with their emotions in so many ways that Sunday night's showdown for the NFC East was going to be another shot to the gut.
Donovan McNabb looked flustered on the sideline, the defense couldn't stop anybody and the sky was falling.
But then something weird happened.
McNabb took to the field following Domenik Hixon's touchdown—highlighted by botched tackles from Will Witherspoon and Sean Jones—and threw a 60-yard lawn dart to DeSean Jackson. The Eagles took a 37-31 lead and suddenly things didn't look so bad.
These were not the Eagles fans were used to. This Eagles team had heart on offense.
McNabb has always been viewed as the quarterback who rode the coattails of a consistent defense.
All of that went out the window Sunday night when the defense was gashed for 512 yards.
As if McNabb's immediate bounce back was not enough to prove his worth, he also orchestrated a 12-play 91-yard drive that ate up 7:24 and gave the Eagles a 45-31 lead late in fourth quarter.
Eagles fans across the Delaware Valley are going to believe this offense can overcome anything right now and they will all wake up Monday morning and begin to ask the question, “Can the Eagles possibly go to the Super Bowl?”
No one in their right mind can possibly think the Eagles are better than New Orleans or Minnesota, but the Eagles offense proved they can make plays and carry this team for a deep run in the playoffs.
So why not? Why can’t the Eagles ride a hot offense through the rest of the regular season and into the Super Bowl?