Eagles, Pats catch breaks on way to SB

Originally Published: February 1, 2005
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
The Patriots and the Eagles have both been lucky during their playoff runs. Neither has played a complete team yet and that's definitely played to their advantage.

Philadelphia played the Minnesota Vikings with Randy Moss on one-and-a-half legs. The Vikings are a completely different offensive team when Moss isn't 100 percent and they played like it. I'm not saying the Eagles still wouldn't have beaten the Vikings, but their job was made easier by the absence of a healthy Moss.

In the championship round the Eagles faced the Atlanta Falcons and knew going in they just had to stop QB Michael Vick to win. Granted, that's easier said than done, but it's nice to know that if you just stop one player then you'll probably win.

Joe Theismann

Football analyst
Former college and pro football star Joe Theismann has served as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Football since 1988. He also is frequently heard on ESPN Radio, regularly contributes to and has contributed to the NFL Draft.