Monday, May 25, 2009

Fourth and 26

One of the most famous NFL plays of all time was 4th and 26, short for fourth down and 26 yards to go. This is probably the most famous play of Donovan McNabb's career, and by far Freddie Mitchell's sole claim to fame. A few plays later, David Akers kicked a 40+ yard field goal as time expired to force Overtime. In Overtime, the Eagles won the toss, but had to punt after a three-and-out. On the very first offensive play for Green Bay, Brett Favre proceeds to throw a duck in the sky, which Brian Dawkins hauls in and advances to midfield. Following runs by McNabb and Westbrook, David Akers then iced it by kicking the game-winning field goal.

The first video is footage of Fourth and 26 as broadcast live on national television. I cannot find subtitles for this clip anywhere, though. The second video is footage of the Eagles fans going batshit insane at the Linc following the completion of Fourth and 26.

The following week, the Eagles played in their third consecutive Conference Championship game, but were dismantled by the Carolina Panthers in one of the most devasating losses in Philadelpha sporting history.

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