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The 2008 season was an absolute roller coaster. It had the worst two-game stretch of McNabb's career, and it had the greatest end to an Eagles' regular season, with one play, in game against their hated rivals that turned into a laugher.
That year started out with a great offseason, with the signing of Asante Samuel and drafting of DeSean Jackson in the second round of the NFL draft. The season started out a little rocky, only winning five of their first nine games including losing to each of their three divisional opponents. After that, they hit rock bottom. In Week 11, the Eagles tied the lowly Cincinnati Bengals, something that McNabb didn't know was possible at the time.
The following week against the Ravens was even worse, as McNabb was benched in the second half after turning the ball over three times, giving him six turnovers in his last six quarters.
Philly would have to bounce back quickly with a Thanksgiving game against the high-octane Arizona Cardinals offense four days after the disaster in Baltimore. Reid decided to stick with his veteran quarterback and it paid off big time. McNabb threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Eagles to a 48-20 drubbing and saving their season. The Eagles would rattle off two more wins, raising their record to 8-5-1 and the playoffs in sight. Too bad the team didn't show up for their next game.
In Week 16, the Eagles traveled to Landover, Maryland to face the Redskins. The Eagles would be stopped at the 1-yard line in the closing seconds to fall short, 10-3. The playoffs seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream now.
They would need either the Bears or the Vikings to lose and the Oakland Raiders would have to win at Tampa Bay, a team that was also fighting for a playoff spot. Fate was wearing Midnight Green on December 28th, 2008.
With both the Chicago Bears and the Buccaneers losing earlier in the day, the Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys faced off in Week 17 for the final playoff spot in the NFC. The game would go from a low-scoring first quarter to a laugher through the second and third quarters, as the Eagles would rattle off 41 unanswered points and finish off the Cowboys 44-6.
The run of 2008 was not over in the playoffs. The Eagles stout defense, led by Samuel's NFL-record fourth interception return for a touchdown in the playoffs, contained Adrian Peterson and the Vikings en route to a 26-14 Wild Card victory.
The following week was a rematch with hated rival Giants. The Giants' offense looked unstoppable in Week 10 when they beat the Eagles 36-31, but after the Plaxico Burress incident, the offense never looked the same without the scrappy wide receiver. The Eagles would win thanks to another outstanding effort from their defense, 23-11.
The final game of the 2008 season was familiar territory, losing in the NFC Championship game. A poor start seemed to doom the Eagles as they got down 24-6 at halftime. They rallied in the second half and even took the lead midway through the fourth quarter, only to allow the Cardinals to take the lead back thanks to a eight-minute drive that included a fourth-and-one conversion that helped put the Cards up for good, 32-25.
This was also the final season for one of the most beloved Philadelphia sports heroes of all time, Brian Dawkins.