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Monday, January 12, 2004
 
OK, it was actually Green Bay, not Carolina, that won in OT last week. And it turned out that Philly had to play more than 4 quarters to win Sunday. I still say they'll be better rested than Carolina and should blow them away.

Incidentally, the conspiracy Rush warned us about to pretend that Donovan McNabb is a top NFL quarterback is so sweeping it even seems to include opposing players and coaches. If Rush hadn't warned me that McNabb is a mediocre player, I might well have believed that he was the reason for this victory, because the Eagles did something today that is extremely unusual; they won a game in which they were dominated in both the offensive and defensive lines.

The Pack made 8 sacks while the Eagles got only one, and if not for McNabb's ability to escape trouble there would have been even more sacks. Green Bay ran at will, 207 yards gained by running backs and a 5.8 average per carry. Philadelphia's 164 rushing yards looks impressive, but most of it was McNabb turning blocking failures into successful plays. The RBs gained only 57 yards with a 4.1 average, and even most of that was gained after breaking tackles. Along with over 100 yards rushing, McNabb made passing plays such as throwing a perfect touchdown after breaking two tackles and converting an impossible fourth and 26 at the end of regulation that were astonishing.

Favre's dreadful interception in OT was crushing for Green Bay. But the real mistake was poor playcalling in the fourth quarter. When you've run as easily and consistently as they did throughout the game, why punt on a fourth and 1? And ending two drives by passing on third and short when runs would probably have picked up the necessary yardage was a blunder.



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