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Here's a lesson for fantasy players never to give up the ship until the final whistle on Monday Night Football.

I entered Monday night's game trailing by a point, 68-67, and my opponent was starting Donovan McNabb and Clinton Portis. Meantime, I was pinning my hopes on the Eagles defense. These were long odds indeed.

But in the first quarter, Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon gathered a batted pass and returned it for a touchdown, and suddenly, things got interesting. Better yet, Philadelphia had built a 14-0 lead, which could mean McNabb handing off a bunch instead of throwing.

The Eagles defense also was shutting down the run -- and thus Portis -- and was relentless in its pursuit of quarterback Jason Campbell, who was sacked six times.

In the end, Philadelphia's defense accounted for 25 points, while McNabb and Portis combined for 16 points. The final result was a 92-84 victory that seemed highly improbable after Sunday's games.

These types of wins underscore the significance of a fantasy defense and never underestimating how valuable they can be. In this particular league, I've won three times largely because of defensive gems by Denver, San Francisco and now Philadelphia.

By Gene Wang  |  October 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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