Thursday, February 11, 2016


The Eagles beat the Giants in the NFC divisional playoffs.


Donovan McNabb completed 22 of 40 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. He also ran for a score himself. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Donovan McNabb completed 22 of 40 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. He also ran for a score himself. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles beat the Giants.

The Eagles are headed to Arizona.

The Eagles could go to the Super Bowl.

(Pause to marvel.)

Anybody who saw this coming a month ago is clairvoyant. Anybody who saw it coming 2 weeks ago is a true believer. Because nobody else did. Because this was not supposed to happen. But it is happening. The sixth seed in the NFC playoff tournament went to New York and beat the top seed, 23-11. They were not stopped by fatigue. They were not run over by the Giants' vaunted running game. Their defense was outstanding and their offense was good enough and efficient enough.

And now, on to Arizona and the NFC Championship Game against a team that the Eagles pounded on Thanksgiving night. That is when this serendipitous run began. That is when this whole, crazy, unpredictable run started. If you saw it continuing on to the Super Bowl semifinals, you have better eyes than me.


NFC Championship Game.

(Pause to marvel.)

Daily News Executive Sports Editor
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