McNabb must have game of his life

The Eagles are relying on several players in Super Bowl XXXIX, but none more than Donovan McNabb.

Originally Published: February 2, 2005
By Joe Theismann | ESPN Insider
It must be a great relief for Philadelphia Eagles fans to finally get to the Super Bowl after such a long absence. It's been a trip filled with trials and tribulations over the past few seasons, as the Eagles have been on the verge of ruling the NFC before finally breaking through this season.

The Eagles hadn't been stopped in years past by a lack of talent, but by devastating injuries. Over their run they've suffered a myriad of injuries to a host of players, including Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and various members of the defensive line. Those injuries have been the main reason why this is the first time the Eagles have made it to the Super Bowl.

This year obviously the injury to Terrell Owens was looked at as a potentially devastating blow to their chances of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. But the T.O. injury was really the only injury of consequence to affect this Eagles team, and that's why Philadelphia was able to survive losing one of the best receivers in the game.

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.