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Vikings replay: Eagles' Donovan McNabb MVP


Vikings replay: Eagles' Donovan McNabb MVP
Stretching his Lazarus routine into the postseason, celebrated and vilified quarterback Donovan McNabb made enough big plays to neutralize his turnovers. McNabb completed a game-breaking touchdown to Brian Westbrook and passed for 300 yards, including 215 in the second half. He distributed the ball to eight receivers and converted four third-down passes to extend drives.


PLAY OF THE GAME

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook showcased his versatility, catching a screen pass from McNabb and scissoring through the Vikings' defense for a 71-yard touchdown that gave Philadelphia a nine-point lead with 6:53 remaining. Westbrook eluded Antoine Winfield's shoestring tackle and followed Kevin Curtis' downfield block of Cedric Griffin into the end zone.

GOAT OF THE GAME

Entering his playoff debut, Tarvaris Jackson, the Vikings' supposed franchise quarterback, was lectured about protecting the ball, but Jackson made his costliest mistake of the season midway through the second quarter. Facing third and 5 from his 35, Jackson underthrew Sidney Rice in front of the Minnesota bench, and Asante Samuel picked off the pass and sprinted 41 yards to the end zone for a 16-7 Eagles lead.

UNSUNG HERO

Nod goes to Eagles kicker David Akers, who nailed field-goal attempts of 43, 51, 31 and 45 yards to fortify Philly's victory.

-- Brian Murphy



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 5, 2009

Donovan McNabb Name: Donovan McNabb
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Position: QB
Age: 31
Experience: 10 years
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