In that game Brandon Jacobs rushed for 126 yards and simply punished the Eagles' defense in route to two rushing touchdowns. And while this one game might be the smallest of sample sizes, just take a look at the other 15 games. When Brandon Jacobs plays, the Giants win, and usually with ease. And on Sunday it will be 21 days since Jacobs last played, and that day the Giants clinched the No. 1 seed with a win over Carolina.
Forget the fact that Plaxico Burress was no longer a member of the Giants at this point, but Brandon Jacobs recorded only 10 carries (52 yards) in the game, all of them in the first half, because of injury. Not to mention the receivers couldn't catch passes with a net and Eli Manning couldn't get a completion. Cancel out the missed field goals by both teams and you have a 20-14. Not one thing went right for the Giants as they played their worst game of the whole season (though it's close to Cleveland) and they lost by only six points.
I clearly remember that day when Donovan McNabb stood there taunting the Giants fans, even though at the time the Eagles were on life support. And following the game McNabb said that the Eagles should have won the first game as well, not sure if Donovan was playing in the same game that the rest of the world was watching, but OK. Just another classic Donovan line to go along with his lack of knowledge of the overtime rules.
Don't let hype phool you
Everywhere you look and everything you hear and read says that the 2008 Eagles have turned in their ugly helmets and green and white unis for red, white, blue, and gray and have become the 2007 New York Giants. But the last time I checked the 2008 New York Giants weren't the 2007 Dallas Cowboys. Because when people say that the Eagles are the Super Bowl XLII champions, it is implied that the '08 G-Men have become Jerry Jones' latest playoff joke.
The difference between the 2008 Eagles and the 2007 New York Giants is that the 2008 Eagles have been given everything and earned nothing. They were given a chance to make the postseason after tying Cincy. They were given another shot even when they lost to a lost Washington team (for the second time). They were given a gift when the Bears couldn't find a way to beat the Texans in Houston and they were given a miracle when the Oakland Raiders overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.
If I was a member of the Eagles I would have been at the nearest convenience store buying a Power Ball ticket as time expired between Tampa Bay and Oakland rather than preparing for kickoff against Dallas. Because once the Bucs fell to the Raiders, Dallas didn't have a prayer to win in Philly.
The Eagles couldn't make the playoffs without the failures of others this season.
Team of destiny? Absolutely not. Team of luck? Definitely.