As Ben Roethisberger took a final knee last night securing the 6th World Championship for the storied Pittsburgh Steelers franchise many fans through out the Philadelphia area (including myself) couldn't help but think that it should have been the Eagles lifting the sacred Lombardi Trophy.
After making it to the NFC Championship game against an opponent that could not have been hand picked any better the Eagles fell short. The NFC Championship is a game that will be engraved in Eagles' fans heads for a while to come. The fact that Andy Reid and McNabb are now 1-4 in NFC Championship games certainly does not ease the pain either.
Consider the amount of times the Eagles dodged bullet after bullet to stay alive in the playoff race.
1. Bears game: The Eagles fail to convert a 4th and goal opportunity to essentially win the game.
2. Redskins (part 1): The Eagles had a 14-0 lead in the first quarter than allowed Clinton Portis to run all over us and our offense basically stopped playing.
3. Giants (game 1): Whole lot of things happened but it boiled down to the fact that the Birds couldn't pick up a yard
4. Cincinnati: Need I say any more?
5. Baltimore: While this was the turning point in the season, but at the time it looked like a butt whoopin' and possibly the second nail in the coffin.
6. Washington: Just think about the sick,sick feeling you had in your stomach after that game.
7. Because of the Eagles disgraceful performance against Washington, the Eagles playoff chances were reduced to having to win against Dallas which happened in a big way (44-6), coupled with a Buccaneers loss and a Bears or Vikings loss (Bucs lose, Bears lose, miracles happen)
The Eagles got passed the Vikings and rival Giants in consecutive weeks and rolled in to Arizona with momentum that was looking like no one could stop and with a very motivated Eagles team one game away from another trip to the SuperBowl it looked like the Eagles where going to the big game but once again it just wasn't meant to be.
Not to be cliche but the Eagles were the definition of a team playing with "house money" and nothing to lose. To say that the Eagles should have been in that game, would be a false statement.
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers on their 6th World Championship, after all they beat the Cardinals in exactly the way that the Eagles lost to them. Throw away the entire game from both games, fast forward to approximately 3 minutes left to go in the game. Donovan McNabb and the offense don't get the job done Birds lose, Big Ben and the Steelers offense does, ball game, Champions.