Monday, December 20, 2010

Eagles-Falcons: On A Collision Course

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The SCENARIO is looking more and more feasible.

Will it be the Philadelphia Eagles at the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game?

Or to put it differently, will it be Michael Vick returning to his old stomping grounds with a chance to lead his new team to victory over his old team and earn a trip to Super Bowl XLV?

Vick, as we all know, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Falcons in 2001 and played 6 seasons with them until his life and his career came crashing down in 2007. A dogfighting beef landed Vick in the slammer for almost two years and made him public enemy #1 in the eyes of many. The Falcons voided Vick's monster contract and cut all ties with the then-embattled quarterback.

But that was the old Vick-- a naturally-gifted athlete but a disoriented human being who made poor and reckless judgments. The new Vick is the same naturally-gifted athlete who has been humbled by his prison experience and is working hard to turn his life around.

And what a turnaround it has been!

Vick has become the driving force behind the Eagles latest successful run and is even the leading vote-getter for this season's Pro Bowl. In a Tom Brady-less world, Vick would also most likely be the NFL MVP this season. Even head coach Andy Reid is in the worldwide spotlight by being hailed a genius for giving Vick the starting gig.

In a nutshell, Vick is having a phenomenal season. Just ask the New York Giants.

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As we all know by now, Vick led the Eagles to an incredible comeback against the Giants on Sunday at the hostile New Meadowlands Stadium. The Eagles were down 24-10 going into the 4th quarter and managed to score an amazing 28 points in less than 8 minutes, which was capped by DeSean Jackson's game-ending punt return for a touchdown with no time left on the clock. A truly demoralizing loss for the New York Football Giants who seemed to have Vick and the game under control until that fateful 4th quarter.

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So now the Eagles (10-4) are in the driver's seat in the NFC East and have two very winnable home games left against the Vikings and Cowboys. If they win out they will win the East and most likely get a first-round bye in the playoffs.

As for Vick's old team--

The Falcons (11-2) are even in better shape. They are in the driver's seat for a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. All they have to do is win one of their last two home games.

So from the looks of it, both teams have a strong possibility to play at home in the second-round of the playoffs and if both teams win then the Vick-led Eagles would travel to Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game.

And what a spectacle that is going to be. No doubt.

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