EAGLES EDGE SEAHAWKS IN NFC TITLE GAME
Two ex-Seahawks helped the Philadelphia Eagles come back from a 4th quarter deficit, giving the Eagles a 27-24 win against the Seahawks.
CB Bobby Taylor - who spent all of his career in Philadelphia before disappearing in Seattle for one injury filled season - picked off a Matt Hasselbeck pass that bounced off of Jerome Pathon's hands, ending a late Seahawks drive that could have iced the game. The Seahawks were forced to throw on 4th down and short after two straight runs for no gain by RB Shaun Alexander. Alexander also missed a key block on the 4th down pass attempt that cause Hasselbeck to hurry up his pass to Pathon.
Trailing 24-20, QB Donovan McNabb started the winning drive on the Seahawks 32-yard line, and he promptly completed five straight passes to ex-Seahawk Koren Robinson, who had 200 yards receiving for the game while filling in for the ailing Terrell Owens (who was still suffering from the head he has lodged up his rectum). The Seahawks anemic pass rush allowed McNabb all kinds of time in the pocket during the last drive. His fifth completion to Robinson was for the winning touchdown with :04 remaining. "The only time I caught anything more was all the flak I caught in Seattle," said Robinson. "But I am a playa, and I got hella skillz. It's great to be going to the big dance after being stuck in Egypt. You can be drunk here in P-Town all the time and blend right in."
Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren said after the loss, "I still think we can get this thing done. We have some young guys, and we had some injuries. We just need to get over the hump." When reminded that Holmgren has said the exact same thing at the conclusion of the previous six seasons, Holmgren said, "well, it is a BIG hump."
Taylor and Robinson signed with the Eagles after both were cut in June 2005 by the Seahawks.
The Eagles will play the upstart Cleveland Browns in the Super Bowl in two weeks. Browns QB Trent Dilfer (288 yds, 2 TD's, 0 INT's) and All Pro LB Peter Boulware (11 tackles, 2 sacks, fumble recovery for a TD) guided the Dog Pound boys to a stunning shutout of the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. LB Anthony Simmons and RT Chris Terry - who signed with the Browns late in training camp - also contributed big performances.