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  1. AJM1613

    AJM1613 New Member

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    By halftime of the Eagles-Packers game Sunday, Donovan McNabb had more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (four) and had already broken Joe Montana's 17-year-old NFL record for consecutive completions.

    Then he got hot.

    By the time the Eagles had crushed the Packers and beaten Brett Favre for the third time in 13 months, McNabb had completed 74 percent of his passes and thrown for a franchise-record 464 yards to go with his career-high 5 TD passes.

    Forget Peyton Manning for a while.

    No quarterback in NFL history has ever done what McNabb did Sunday -- throw for 464 yards, complete 74 percent of his passes and throw 5 TDs in a game.

    In fact, of the 25 other performances in NFL history of 464 or more passing yards, only one quarterback has completed a higher percentage of his passes. That was Neil Lomax of St. Louis, who completed 80.4 percent of his passes on Dec. 16, 1984, against Washington, but threw just two TDs and an interception.

    So McNabb threw three more TD passes Sunday than any quarterback in NFL history who had ever passed for 464 yards and completed 74 percent of his passes.

    Of those 25 previous 464-yard games, only three other QBs did not throw an interception -- Warren Moon of the Oilers on Dec. 16, 1990 against the Chiefs, Boomer Esiason of the Bengals on Oct. 7, 1990 against the Rams and George Blanda of the Oilers on Oct. 29, 1961 against the New York Titans. But the most TD passes in those games was Blanda's four and the highest completion percentage was Esiason's 69 percent.

    McNabb is only the sixth QB to pass for 464 yards in a game with five touchdown passes -- regardless of completion percentage or interceptions. The others were Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams against the New York Yankees in 1951, Joe Namath of the Jets against the Colts in 1972, Montana of the 49ers against the Falcons in 1990, Dan Marino against the Patriots in 1994 and Manning against the Chiefs this past October.

    But they all threw at least one interception. In fact, Van Brocklin not only threw an interception that was returned 30 yards by Art Tait for a touchdown, he had a punt returned 79 yards for a touchdown.

    McNabb became the fifth quarterback in NFL history with four or more touchdown passes five times in one season, joining Marino (1984), Favre (1996) and Manning (this year) and became the eighth quarterback in NFL history -- and the third since 1970 -- with five touchdown passes in a half.

    More McNabb:

    • Increased his career passer rating from 83.3 to 84.4, passing Brad Johnson, Mark Brunell and Roger Staubach to move from 18th in NFL history to 15th. As recently as three weeks ago, he was 23rd in NFL history.

    • Became the second quarterback in eight days to throw for the most yards against the Packers in their 84-year history. A week earlier, Marc Bulger threw for 448 yards against Green Bay.

    • Is on pace to break all five major Eagles passing records -- completion percentage, yards, touchdowns, passer rating and interception ratio. No NFL team has had a quarterback set all five of those records in the same year.

    • During his streak of 24 consecutive completions, threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns.

    • From McNabb's personal stats guru, Rich Burg: McNabb had his first one-TD game on Nov. 21, 1999 against the Colts; his first two-TD game on Nov. 28, 1999 against the Redskins; his first three-TD game on Jan. 2, 2000, against the Rams; his first four-TD game on Dec. 10, 2000, against the Browns; and his first five-TD game on Sunday against the Packers. Doug Pederson was on the sidelines for all five games -- as McNabb's teammate for the first three, as the opposing quarterback for Cleveland in the fourth and as a Packers quarterback for the fifth.
  2. Eddie

    Eddie Well-Known Member

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    ... and to think about all those boo's he had to endure when the Iggles drafted him instead of Gonja Williams.
  3. Phoenix-Talon

    Phoenix-Talon Eagles Fan Liaison

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    Great read AJM!


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