Green Bay QB Brett Favre seems on a heavenly mission since his father's death
on Sunday December 21. He had a perfect QB rating on a Monday Night game
in Oakland, then completed his season with a big victory at home against
Denver. Then last week against Seattle, he showed the world why he is an
automatic selection when his time is here to enter the Hall-Of-Fame. He will
have to work another miracle to get his team to the Championship game for the first
time since 1998. That year, Green Bay lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII.
The Eagles will be vying for their first Super Bowl since the 1980 season, 24 years ago.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stat Of The Week
The Green Bay Packers have won 7 of 8 games since losing to the Eagles back
in November. They have averaged 35 1/2 points per game over their last 5, including
the playoff win last week in overtime. The Eagles have won 10 of their last 11 games.
The're home, and the home team is 24-2 in NFC conference semifinals since 1990. Donovan
McNabb has thrown 13 TD's and only 4 INT's in his last 9 games. They have scored 25 or more points
in seven straight games for the first time in franchise history. The Packers are a No. 4 seed and
no No. 4 seed has ever reached an NFC Championship Game.
Philadelphia Eagles Get Ready, |
For Green Bay & Brett Favre.
When ex-Eagle Al Harris stepped in front of a Matt Hasselback pass in overtime, you’d just knew
it that he would return the ball all the way for the win and a ticket to Philadelphia next week.
His first order of business after celebrating with teammates was to call Troy Vincent and ask him
how he looked. Vincent told him he looked great and then added, “The funny thing about it is I spent
four of my greatest years in my life in Wisconsin (in college). Who would ever think that we would
see dreadlocks racing down the sidelines of Lambeau Field? All Harris returning an interception for
a touchdown in Lambeau Field? That’s not what you think of when you think of the cheeseheads, the
people in Wisconsin. He’s going to have the key to that city for a long time?” This week’s game
will be the Green Bay Packers at the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. It will
involve 2 of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in Donovan McNabb versus Brett Favre. Lastly, it will
showcase 2 explosive offenses with the now 2-headed monster against Ahman Green. The 3-headed
monster will be without Brian Westbrook because of season ending surgery to his right triceps
muscle. Green Bay is the worst possible draw for the Philadelphia Eagles, but you must play the
best in order to be the best.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The weather on Sunday will not be a factor or advantage to either team. It will be cold, very cold
with temperatures predicted around 2o degrees at the start of the game with a steady cold wind.
The good thing for the Eagles is the fact that they do have the bye week. The week well serves
well for a defense ravaged by injuries. The Eagles secondary will be fully intact for the first
time since game #1. Troy Vincent, the latest causality is expected to be ready in time for kickoff.
The defense will have to find a way to slow down the running of Green, while making sure Favre does
not control the game with his arm. Everyone is talking about how well Brett Favre is playing. What
is Donovan McNabb? Chopped liver! He has almost single-handedly willed the team to a 12-4 record
with the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The real question should be, how will Green
Bay deal with McNabb and his high-octane offense of late.
The Eagles will need to get to the “Big Dance” this year in order to consider this season a
successful one. If they lose this week or next, people will compare this team to the Buffalo
Bills, a team that could not win the big one. Sine the start of the new Wild Card format,
only 2 teams ever in the NFC won a Divisional Playoff game against the team with a bye. One
of them was the 2001 Philadelphia Eagles. They beat the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Dawkins
added, “If this was our first time in the playoffs or our second time, maybe we wouldn’t feel
the same way. But we’ve been knocked out every year. And that hurts. You’ve got to want it so
bad you’ll do anything to get it.” The Eagles have the data history on their side this week
with the bye. Oh, did I forget to mention that Philadelphia already won against Green Bay this
year at Lambeau Field in miserable weather conditions on a prime time Monday Night game. The
Eagles have fared well lately against the Packers and we will have the big advantage of over
68,000 loud and obnoxious screaming Eagle fans that the Green bay offense will have to deal
with. If the Eagles succeed in pressuring Bret Favre, then we have a great chance of winning
this game. That is why you fight for the home-field advantage and the first round bye. It
should be fun to watch. Hopefully we will be talking about St. Louis or Carolina here next week.