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View from Philadelphia: Eagles enjoy a magical day


View from Philadelphia: Eagles enjoy a magical day
PHILADELPHIA -- Not many people get to read their obituary in the newspaper.


The Eagles did last week.

They got to see a vision of the future that might not come to pass now.

"Yeah, I feel kind of revived, I guess," Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said Sunday at the end of a freakish day that saw his left-for-dead team rout the Dallas Cowboys 44-6 at Lincoln Financial Field to claim the final wild-card playoff spot in the NFC.

It was a warm day in December, but this sequence of events went way beyond ridiculous.

"I've never been part of anything like this," safety Brian Dawkins said. "For the guys to pull together the way they pulled together after a tough loss in which we were basically left for dead ... it speaks volumes about this team's character."

Now, the Eagles, who finished the regular season 9-6-1, have an afterlife that begins next Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CST in a wild-card playoff game against the NFC North champion Vikings at the Metrodome. The Cowboys, 9-7 and perhaps the NFL's most disappointing team, were left to deal with questions about next season.

"Exciting day," Andy Reid said.

And the Eagles' coach admitted to missing most of it.

Reid said he could not watch a single play of the other games that controlled the fate of his team's season. He did not see the Oakland Raiders rally from a 10-point deficit to end the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season. He did not see the Houston Texans hold on for a seven-point win that crushed the Chicago Bears' playoff hopes.

Both scores were 31-24.

"I didn't watch a snap," Reid said. "Those things, they rip your heart out when you watch them, so I let other people tell me, and I figured the fans would let us know once we got out there."

A loud roar at the Linc came just before the Eagles ran through the big green inflatable helmet. It was the sign Reid and his players were looking for. Fate and destiny had smiled upon them again. A sack of Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia sealed the Bucs' loss to Oakland and, unlike a week ago, the Eagles were not going to let another opportunity slip away.

"It was one of the wilder days," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "Watching all three games that meant something to us at 1 o'clock, and my eyes are like pingpong balls going back and forth. There have been so many heart-wrenching losses by a yard, a foot ... just an incredible number of games lost by one yard or less.

"The fortitude and resilience in this locker room, these are high-character guys that proved a lot. They came back from the depths of despair."

"You couldn't have drawn it up any better than it happened," Reid said. "It was awesome to see Lincoln Financial Field electric like that."

Especially when most of the people thought they were coming to a funeral.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 29, 2008

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