Without Terrell Owens on the roster the 2008 and 2009 seasons were a flashback to times of earlier success for McNabb and Philadelphia.
In 2008 McNabb led Philadelphia to the playoffs for the seventh time in his nine seasons as a starter. He also set a career-high with 3,916 yards passing.
It was during this 2008 season that McNabb famously said he "didn't know NFL games could end in a tie" after the Eagles failed to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime.
McNabb and the Eagles were defeated once again in the NFC Championship game, this time by the Arizona Cardinals.
After the loss to the Cardinals, McNabb was quoted as saying,
"We were up, 25-24. [The Cardinals] drove down 72 yards by running the ball - probably, what, eight times? And it reminded me so much of [the NFC championship game in] St. Louis where, coming back in that second half, they ran the ball nine times with Marshall Faulk to keep our offense off the field. Because they were terrified of us going back out and scoring more points."
That was enough to thoroughly upset linebacker Jeremiah Trotter:
[McNabb] hasn't done anything in big games. When you look at championship games, the Super Bowl - he hasn't produced in big games. [snip] He had plenty of time to go down the field and score and tie that thing up but he didn't get it done.