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Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2002

NFC Championship: McNabb, Warner take different routes to success

January 27, 2002

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— Donovan McNabb carries the perfect resume for the modern NFL quarterback: great athlete, college standout at a big program, first-round pick.

For Kurt Warner, the dossier sounds more like a Hollywood creation: unknown entity from an obscure school, unwanted in the draft. And a two-time MVP.



When: 3:15 p.m. today.Where: St. Louis.Television: Channel 4.

When they meet in today's NFC championship game, Warner and McNabb will be at the summit of their profession. Both are keys to their team's chances of winning the Super Bowl.

Of course, with the St. Louis Rams, Warner has one of the most prolific offenses in league history, featuring Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Az Hakim, Ricky Proehl and Orlando Pace.

The Philadelphia Eagles have, well, McNabb. They're not complaining.

"There has to be a lot of trust in the passing game 'I know you and I know what you are going to do against this (defense) or that look,'" Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "We're talking about a young quarterback with a bunch of young receivers."

We're also talking about a quarterback with tremendous skills. McNabb made the Pro Bowl in his second season more on athletic ability he was, after all, good enough to play basketball at Syracuse, too than presence in the pocket or savvy in tight situations. Now, he has those traits, too.

But the Eagles (13-5) really came alive offensively when McNabb began combining his poise in the pocket with his ability to escape.

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