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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

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Because I think Philadelphia will bounce back Saturday night and bounce Dallas from the postseason, the answer must be the Eagles.

Who would bet against a Chargers-Colts AFC title game, let alone some team other than those two reaching the Super Bowl? We can write this weekend's two AFC games as little more than a consolation bracket.

Despite months of dominance by New Orleans and Minnesota, the NFC picture could hardly be more different. The way they have been playing, the Saints and Vikings are almost lame-duck top seeds, with all the momentum on the side of the Packers and Cowboys.

I expect that momentum to grind to a halt this weekend, with the Cardinals and Eagles emerging to challenge the ducks. Both Arizona and Philly went in the tank in Week 17 against their Wild Card Weekend opponents, and though those performances could hardly engender confidence, they ought not cancel a season's worth of hard evidence.

And here's a stat: Donovan McNabb and Kurt Warner have a combined 17 playoff victories; Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers? Zero.

The Eagles are particularly primed for a comeback week. Despite the embarrassing shutout loss, Philly was able to answer a couple of questions, especially on the offensive line. They also had the better part of the second half to contemplate the rematch, and the chance for instant revenge. Seeing the Dallas locker room on television, and hearing the quotes coming out of it after the game, it's easy to imagine the Cowboys having played their best game already.

McNabb is the real wild card this weekend, and if history serves, he's about to throw down.
No. 5 plays best with his back to the wall, and pundits in Philly have him shipped out of town following a playoff loss. Also, like head coach Andy Reid, he has never lost his first playoff game.
McNabb was way off in Week 17, and if he'd been on, it would have been a close game. The opportunities were there. Expect a sharp McNabb on Saturday night, an Eagles win, and another chance for late-playoff heartbreak in the City of Brotherly Love.

By Sean McCann  |  January 8, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  | Category:  Philadelphia Eagles Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Finally. A guy who gets it on the Cardinals: "And here's a stat: Donovan McNabb and Kurt Warner have a combined 17 playoff victories; Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers? Zero." And... "and though those performances could hardly engender confidence, they ought not cancel a season's worth of hard evidence." Thank you for analyzing the week 17 games for what they're worth.

Posted by: homersimpson10 | January 8, 2010 1:59 PM

That the Eagles should lose the NFC East Division Title to the Cowboys was unthinkable in week 16. That the Cowboys momentum should carry them to the NFC championship is the accepted wisdom now. What will happen?

That's why they play the game.

Posted by: pach12 | January 8, 2010 2:40 PM

Wow... good call on that Cowboy-Eagle game...

Posted by: kumajin | January 10, 2010 6:32 AM

As good of a call that you made for that game, I guess we can expect to see you on the sports page for the Bowie Blade calling for the high school games next year. Good luck in the future.

Posted by: LarryinMD | January 10, 2010 11:06 AM

What a hilarious posting. Even before the game, it was clear the Eagles were not going to go very far.

The Jets are likely to go the furthest of the wild-card teams.

Posted by: roger321 | January 10, 2010 4:41 PM

Hey Sean buddy your about as bright as you look!

Posted by: marymc21 | January 10, 2010 11:43 PM

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