"Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots"
Super Bowl XXXIX
February 6, 2005



New England Patriots 24 - Philadelphia Eagles 21

Jacksonville, FL -- Donovan McNabb saved his jitters for the Super Bowl.

McNabb spent the week telling jokes, being loose and insisting he felt no pressure leading the Philadelphia Eagles against New England.

But the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback had a shaky performance in the most important game of his career Sunday, a 24-21 loss to the Patriots. McNabb turned the ball over three times, including a crucial interception in the first quarter and another in the fourth.

Tom Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns to lead the New England Patriots to their third Super Bowl victory in the last four years with a 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at ALLTEL Stadium.

"It's another championship for our great franchise," said Brady.

The Pats' nine straight postseason wins also tied Lombardi's Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960's for the longest streak in league history.

Donovan McNabb completed 30-of-51 passes for 357 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions for Philadelphia, which was denied its first-ever Super Bowl title and first NFL championship since 1960. The City of Brotherly Love also failed in its quest for its first title in any of the four major sports since 1983.

Terrell Owens, who did not suit up for Philadelphia's last four games with a broken fibula and severely sprained right ankle, started for the Eagles and showed no lingering effects from the injury, finishing with nine catches for 122 yards.

With the score tied, 14-14, through three quarters -- the first time in Super Bowl history that has happened - New England scored 10 straight points to post the win.

Dillon, playing in his first Super Bowl in his first postseason, gave the Pats the lead for good with a two-yard touchdown run 1:11 into the fourth quarter. Backup running back Kevin Faulk had two catches for 27 yards on the drive, while running the ball twice for 20 yards to help set up the score.

Following a three-and-out by the Eagles, New England went ahead 24-14 with 8:43 left to play on a 22-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri. The Patriots had a 1st-and-goal from the four-yard line, but failed to find the end zone.

Philadelphia seemed to have something going on the ensuing drive following a 36-yard reception from Owens. But, McNabb was picked off by Tedy Bruschi on the following play.

The Eagles closed out the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown reception from Greg Lewis with 1:48 remaining, but they failed to recover the onsides kick. New England, though, was forced to punt with less than a minute to play, but The Eagles were backed up at their own four-yard line and McNabb was picked off for the second time by Rodney Harrison.

The Eagles lost and we are left to lament!

Oh Well!, Maybe Next Year!





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