Ronde Barber took McNabb's pass off to the Super Bowl
This is by far the most disappointing moment of Donovan's career. It's not the worst, though, because part of the disappointment was contributed to the defense and playcalling.
McNabb also may be a bit of a victim to the situation that surround this moment.
In what would be the final game in Veterans Stadium history, the top-seeded Eagles hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Eagles had played Tampa in the past two regular seasons, that year included, and won both games.
They had also played them at home in the last two playoffs and beat them both times. 4-0 against the Bucs in less than 25 months.
They had beaten them in Tampa Bay three weeks earlier with their second-teamers. The NFC's top seed had made it to the Super Bowl every year since 1998.
Tampa Bay was also coming to the cold Vet in cold Philadelphia.
They were 0-5 all-time in road playoff games. In temperature under 40 degrees, the Bucs were 1-21 all-time and 0-9 when the temperature was below 30 degrees.
The temperature at game time was 20 degrees.
Brian Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 70 yards and on the second play of the game, Deuce made a few cuts and ran for a 20-yard score.
They pinned Tampa at the 4-yard line on a second-possession punt, and later Bobby Taylor picked off Brad Johnson. The game seemed like a lock.
Was there any indication the Eagles weren't going to win the game?
Then, everything fell apart. The defense crumbled. McNabb was ineffective. Andy Reid went away from Staley. Nothing was working.
Trying to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive, McNabb drove the Eagles deep in Tampa Bay territory, accumulating 73 yards.
But then, he stepped back in the pocket and Ronde Barber stepped back into coverage after faking a blitz. He grabbed the McNabb pass from the air and ran 92 yards untouched to clinch the game for the Buccaneers and placed a slamming halt on the Eagles' season.
Was it a poor play by McNabb, as it was the second straight year an interception from him ended Super Bowl hopes? Of course.
But really, this was more disappointing because it was the final nail in the coffin in a game that saw Tampa Bay return from their own death and kill the Eagles' season.
In a larger context, the disappointment stems from the situation. Andy Reid's moved away from the run and forced an ineffective McNabb, on a bitterly cold day, to throw 49 times.
McNabb's final stats were 26-of-49, 243 yards, two lost fumbles and one fatal interception.