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Eagles One Step Away from the Dance After 23-11 Win Over Giants

While it’s been one crazy season for the Philadelphia Eagles and Donovan McNabb, the team is one step away from being back in the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2004 season. Sunday in the Meadowlands the team dethroned the champion New York Giants 23-11 behind the gutsy play of McNabb and the tough defense which shut down the G-Men running game as well as last years Super Bowl hero – Eli Manning.

The Eagles defense did the job against the Giants almost all afternoon as they held them to three field goals despite five trips for the Giants inside the Eagles 20. The Giants made plenty of mistakes themselves, but more credit has to go to the Eagles, who made sure that they would not be denied a trip to NFC Title game vs the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday at 3pm.

The kicking game also was key for the Eagles, as David Akers notched three field goals, and McNabb hit some key third down conversions to keep drives going that didn’t allow the Giants to get back on the field. In the end, it seemed the Giants were out of gas, as Manning ended up 15-for-29 with two interceptions. The Giants did not score a touchdown and lost for the fourth time in five games.

McNabb was 22-for-40 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He also got called for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety. The NFC title game will be one more step for an Eagles team that since the midseason turmoil has answered the bell each time it’s been rung.

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