10 most dynamic performances in Eagles playoff history
Terrell Owens (Super Bowl XXXIX vs. Patriots)
Six weeks after suffering a broken leg and torn ligament in a game against the Cowboys at the Linc, Terrell Owens not only played in the Super Bowl, he also heroically caught nine passes for 122 yards from Donovan McNabb in the Eagles’ 24-21 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX Jacksonville after the 2004 season. It was the only playoff game T.O. ever played in an Eagles uniform, and he played only seven more games as an Eagle. But for one day at ALLTEL Stadium on the world’s biggest stage, he was unstoppable. (AP Images)
Donovan McNabb vs. Packers (2003 conference semifinal)
Donovan McNabb became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 200 yards and rush for 100 in a postseason game in the Eagles' 2003 conference semifinal playoff round win over the Packers — the 4th-and-26 game. McNabb was 21-for-39 for 248 yards and ran for 107 yards. The only other QB with a 200/100 game in the playoffs is Colin Kaepernick, who had 263 passing yards and 181 rushing yards nine years later, also against the Packers.
McNabb threw TD passes to Duce Staley and Todd Pinkston in the Eagles' 20-17 overtime win. (AP Images)
Steve Van Buren vs. Rams (1949 NFL Championship)
In the same stadium where Carson Wentz's 2017 season ended 68 years later, Steve Van Buren simply took over the 1949 NFL Championship Game. Van Buren ran 31 times for 196 yards — still the ninth-most rushing yards in a playoff game — and the Eagles beat the Rams 14-0 at L.A. Coliseum. Van Buren single-handedly outgained the Rams 196-119 and personally accounted for 43 percent of all the total yards by both teams in the entire game!
The 196 yards wound up being the second-most of Van Buren's Hall of Fame career and it stood as a postseason record until Keith Lincoln of the Chargers ran for 206 yards against the Boston Patriots. (AP Images)
Wilbert Montgomery vs. Cowboys (1980 NFC Championship Game)
Everybody remembers the 42-yard TD run that gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead, but Montgomery had one of his best career games against the Cowboys in the 1980 NFC Championship Game, with 26 carries for 194 yards — still the 10th-most yards in NFL postseason history and Wilbert's second-biggest game ever. (He had 197 yards against the Browns in 1979.)
Montgomery also caught a 14-yard pass, and his 208 yards from scrimmage stands as an Eagles franchise postseason record. (AP Images)
Brian Westbrook vs. Giants (2006 wild-card)
Brian Westbrook was at the top of his game in 2006, and his performance in the Eagles' 23-20 win against the Giants in a wild-card game was remarkable. Westbrook rushed 20 times for 141 yards, and his 49-yard TD run to open the second quarter tied the game at 7. With the score tied at 20, the Eagles began their final drive on their own 34-yard-line. Westbrook had runs of 5, 5, 11 and 13 yards on that drive to set up David Akers' game-winning field goal as time expired. That's the last playoff game the Eagles won at the Linc. (AP Images)
Eric Allen vs. Saints (1992 wild-card)
Allen was in the middle of one of the greatest quarters the Eagles ever played. They trailed the Saints 20-10 four minutes into the fourth quarter of their 1992 wild-card game at the Superdome before scoring 26 points in the next 8½ minutes. Allen had a pick-six against Bobby Hebert, his second interception of the second half. The Eagles' 26 points are the most ever in a postseason fourth quarter and third-most in any quarter.
That remains the only game in NFL history — regular season or playoffs — in which a team that trailed by 10 or more points going into the fourth quarter won by 16 or more. (AP Images)
Rodney Peete vs. Lions (1995 wild-card)
Peete — a journeyman QB who played for six teams in 16 seasons — had one of the most brilliant games in NFL postseason history in the Eagles' historic 58-37 win over the Lions in a 1995 wild-card game at the Vet. Peete played 107 NFL games and had one career game with three or more TDs and no interceptions, and it happened to be that day.
Peete completed 17 of 25 passes for 268 yards with TDs to Ricky Watters, Fred Barnett and Rob Carpenter on a Hail Mary just before halftime. Peete's passer rating of 143.3 that day is still 13th-highest in NFL postseason history. (AP Images)
Brent Celek vs. Cardinals (2008 NFC Championship Game)
Celek, the only current Eagle to win a playoff game in an Eagles uniform, had a terrific 2008 postseason, with 19 catches for 151 yards and three TDs. In the NFC Championship Game, he caught 10 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns from Donovan McNabb as the Eagles came within 10 minutes of reaching the Super Bowl.
Dan Ross of the 1981 Bengals and Rob Gronkowski with the Patriots in 2011 are the only other tight ends in NFL history with 10 catches and two TDs in a playoff game. (AP Images)
Harold Carmichael (1979 wild-card)
In December of 1979, the Eagles won their first postseason game since the 1960 NFL Championship, beating the Bears 27-17 at the Vet. Harold Carmichael, playing in only his second postseason game in his ninth season, had a huge game, with six catches for 111 yards and touchdowns of 17 and 29 yards from Ron Jaworski.
Carmichael and Fred Barnett remain the only players in Eagles history with 100 receiving yards and two TDs in a playoff game. (AP Images)
Derrick Burgess (2004 NFC Championship Game)
Michael Vick was at the peak of his powers in 2004 when the Falcons came to the Linc for the NFC Championship Game. Vick had rushed for over 900 yards that year and ran for 119 the week before in the Falcons' 30-point win over the Rams. Derrick Burgess, an athletic defensive end who had only 8½ career sacks, was assigned to shadow Vick and spy him most of the game and Burgess did a remarkable job corralling the NFL's fastest quarterback. Vick ran for just 26 yards, Burgess sacked him twice and the Eagles advanced to the Super Bowl.
That performance earned Burgess a huge free-agent contract with the Raiders, and he led the NFL with 16 sacks the next year. (AP Images)
Jeremiah Trotter (2001 conference semifinal)
The Bears were 13-3 in 2001, No. 1 seed in the playoffs and had gone 7-1 at Soldier Field. The Eagles went into Chicago determined to out-physical the Bears, and led by middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, they did it. They held the Bears to 184 total yards, and the Eagles' defense allowed only 12 points in a 33-19 win, just three points in the second half.
Trotter led the way with 11 tackles and was key in limiting 1,200-yard rusher Anthony Thomas to just 36 rushing yards on 15 carries in what turned out to be his only career playoff appearance. (AP Images)