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Vindication - Eagles win 36-22

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Last year the Eagles lost McNabb and went 6-10. Six of those 10 losses came against the NFC East.

This year, they lose McNabb and they stand at 8-6 so far with only one loss in their division.

It's division games like the one that happened tonight that make the difference between playoff teams and 6-10 teams. Last year's Eagles were swept in the division, this year's Eagles served notice they are a force to be reckoned with in the NFC East.

The Eagles played inspired football today. They held one of the top running backs in football to only 75 yards rushing and the Giants team as a whole to under 100 yards on the ground. It was an effort both by a defense that stepped up and an offense that controlled the ball and won the time of possession battle for the first time in the second half of this season.

There were fantastic performances from Westbrook(who became the Eagles first 1,000 yard back since Duce), LJ Smith, Reggie Brown, a masterful job of playcalling from Reid/Marty and another solid effort from Garcia. The defensive line was more active, Gaither was fantastic... But one player shined above all others.

#20. Weapon X. Brian Dawkins. Two forced fumbles, Twelve tackles, and one INT. With three turnovers he was the dominant force in this game. He took this team on his back and won this thing. For a guy that's on the "wrong" side of 30, Dawk may very well be playing the best football of his career. He's a game changing presence that has now been the catalyst for 2 straight, hard fought division road wins. If this man is not a hall of famer, if he is not recognized one of the best safeties to ever play this game a crime has been committed. I simply can't praise him enough. He played like a champion today.

By the way, the huge amount of Eagles fans that went on the road to see the Birds play today started loud "Dallas Sucks" chants during the live postgame show on Fox. I have goosebumps.

Also, Jimmy Johnson is the biggest tool on earth. The Eagles have "no shot to make the playoffs?"

LOL!