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Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles Get Their Playoff Miracle

Jenise RolleContributor IDecember 29, 2008

What else can a Philadelphia Eagles fan say except, “Wow!”

To be honest, before Sunday, not a single person in Philadelphia believed that the Eagles would make it into the playoffs, and not a single person believed that out of all the NFL teams, the lowly Oakland Raiders would defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road.

A Bears loss and a Raiders victory, along with the Eagles 44-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, placed the Philadelphia Eagles into the NFL playoffs, a scenario that nobody saw coming.

After the Eagles loss to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 20, it was a sure fact that the Eagles were one of the most inconsistent teams in the league and making it into the playoffs was a only a dream to many Philadelphia fans.

Week by week, Andy Reid would change his playcalling drastically, a major factor that would impact the team's record. One Sunday, the team was passing on every play, but then the next, they were pounding the football into the end zone.

The Eagles victory over the Dallas Cowboys, displayed the talent on the Eagles roster, and although fans were overjoyed that their team had finally made it into the playoffs, after missing them last season, fans were also left scratching their heads wondering where was this intensity all year.

Let’s not forget that this is the same Eagles team that could not score at the one yard line against the Chicago Bears, nor defeat the 4-11-1 Cincinnati Bengals, which resulted in a tie game.

After Sunday’s blowout win against the Cowboys, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb spoke at his usual post-game press conference and said, “I’ve been revived… People have thrown me out, ran over me, spit on me, but you know what, I continue to prevail.”

There’s no doubt that the media in Philadelphia have been preparing their farewell to McNabb since his benching in the loss against the Baltimore Ravens, but now that the Eagles are in the playoffs, McNabb has a high chance of being the starting quarter back and returning to Philadelphia next year, despite some of his bad performances throughout the season.

The Eagles were picked to be one of the top teams in the NFL at the beginning of this season, and although this year has been filled with highs and devastating lows, miraculously, the Philadelphia Eagles are in the Wild Card Playoffs.

If there is anything that the Eagles have taught fans this season, it’s that anything can happen in the world of sports, especially when your back is against the wall, and almost everyone has counted you out.

For the Eagles to succeed in playoff game No. 1 against the 10-6 Minnesota Vikings, the Eagles must do three things.

One: Stick to the running game, and run the football more than the pass.

Two: Create more plays for Correll Buckhalter, who has proved very effective for offense, when Coach Reid decides that he wants to run the football.

Three: Stop Adrian Peterson for all four quarters. Peterson can be explosive and dangerous, especially in late game situations.

There finally seems to be a little hope for this up-and-down Philadelphia football team because for the first time since week one of the regular season, the Eagles control their own destiny. Wow! Miracles really do happen.

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