PHOTO: Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb reacts after throwing a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against Atlanta in the NFC Championship playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)
Scout Report: Philadelphia Eagles Win NFCC
Tight end Chad Lewis helped the Eagles defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game Sunday. But he won't be able to help them beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in two weeks.
Lewis, who caught two touchdown passes in the Eagles' 27-10 win over the Falcons, suffered a lisfranc fracture in his foot on his second scoring grab. He will have surgery on the foot Thursday and will miss the Eagles' first Super Bowl appearance in 24 years.
"He initially thought somebody fell on (the foot)," coach Andy Reid said. "But he twisted it on the last touchdown. He called timeout because he couldn't get off the field. He said, `I think I broke my foot.
"He was crushed. But he'll survive through it. He'll be down there supporting us. But you hate to see that happen to a veteran player who's waited his whole career to get to this thing."
Lewis is the Eagles' No. 2 tight end, behind second-year man L.J. Smith. Before Sunday, he had caught just two passes in his last six games. But the Eagles use a lot of two-tight end formations.
Their third tight end is Mike Bartrum. But he also is the club's long-snapper. Since Lewis was the backup long-snapper, the Eagles are a little fearful of playing Bartrum a lot and risking him to injury.
"I have full confidence in Michael," Reid said. "My only hesitation is that he's our long-snapper. And we just lost our second long-snapper. I know he can play the position. I'm not worried about that part."
The Eagles will look around for an available tight that they could add to replace Lewis. It would be a plus if he could also long-snap.
"I think there will be some people out there," Reid said. "We'll be OK. We'll find somebody. We'll keep our eyes open for another tight end."
- Will he or won't he? Will wide receiver Terrell Owens be back on the field
for Super Bowl XXXIX in two weeks? Coach Andy Reid isn't saying yes and he
isn't saying no. Owens was on the sideline in civvies Sunday for the Eagles'
NFC Championship Game victory over Atlanta.
"It's still up in the air with T.O.," coach Andy Reid said. "We'll let you know when we find out which direction that's going to go. He still needs to be tested by (Eagles trainer) Rick (Burkholder). He still hasn't run on it."
If Owens does play against the Patriots, it will likely only be in a part-time role.
"He's chomping at the bit to play," Reid said.
- After three disappointing NFC Championship Game performances, quarterback
Donovan McNabb came up big Sunday, completing 17 of 26 passes for 180 yards,
two touchdowns and no interceptions. In the other three NFC title games --
all Eagle losses -- McNabb completed just 53 percent of his passes and had
just one touchdown and five interceptions.
"I think what you've seen is a team that just continued to stay loose and stayed focused on the task at hand and our task at hand was to put ourselves in position to go to the Super Bowl and possibly win it. We worked extremely hard all through the year. We just went out there and made things happen."
REPORT CARD VS. FALCONS
PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Donovan McNabb ignored the sub-zero wind chill and the 20-mile-an-hour wind gusts and completed 17 of 26 passes for two TDs and no interceptions. He hasn't thrown an interception in either of the Eagles' two playoff wins.
RUSH OFFENSE: A -- The Eagles' offensive line took it to the Falcons' front seven, opening holes for elusive Brian Westbrook, who rushed for 96 yards on 16 carries.
PASS DEFENSE: A-plus -- The Eagles chained Mike Vick to the pocket and made him throw the football, allowing him just 11 completions in 24 attempts and intercepting a pass that set up a score.
RUN DEFENSE: A-plus -- Stopping Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett was their top priority and they accomplished it, holding them to 73 yards on 22 carries. They also shut down Vick's running lanes, allowing him just 26 yards on four carries.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- The Eagles did an excellent job of not letting Falcons return ace Allen Rossum to become a factor in this game. Punter did an outstanding job in difficult wind conditions.
COACHING: A-plus -- Defensive coordinator had a brilliant game plan for Vick and the Falcons, flip-flopping his ends, staying with his base defense almost the whole game and doing little blitzing.