PHOTOS Last Time They Met: Eagles-Ravens

November 23, 2008. The “McNabb Gets Benched” Game. We’re sure you remember this one. In one of the most memorable games of the Donovan McNabb era, Coach Andy Reid famously benched his starting QB in favor of backup Kevin Kolb. Yet while the move generated plenty of talk off the field, it didn’t do much to help the Eagles performance on it.

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November 23, 2008. The “McNabb Gets Benched” Game. We’re sure you remember this one. In one of the most memorable games of the Donovan McNabb era, Coach Andy Reid famously benched his starting QB in favor of backup Kevin Kolb. Yet while the move generated plenty of talk off the field, it didn’t do much to help the Eagles performance on it.
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November 23, 2008. The “McNabb Gets Benched” Game. We’re sure you remember this one. In one of the most memorable games of the Donovan McNabb era, Coach Andy Reid famously benched his starting QB in favor of backup Kevin Kolb. Yet while the move generated plenty of talk off the field, it didn’t do much to help the Eagles performance on it.
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Coming into the game, McNabb’s role as the franchise QB was already in question. The Eagles were last place in the NFC East at that point with a 5-4-1 record. McNabb struggled, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble in the infamous “tie game” one week earlier against the Cincinnati Bengals. Facing heavy criticism for both his poor performance and his apparent lack of awareness that games could end in a tie, McNabb had a lot to prove.
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McNabb’s struggles continued against the tough Ravens defense. In the first half, he was 8 for 18 for 59 yards, threw two interceptions and fumbled once. It all amounted to a 13.2 quarterback rating as well as one of the most talked about moves of Andy Reid’s career…
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With the Ravens up 10-7 at halftime, Reid decided to bench McNabb in favor of backup QB Kevin Kolb. Unfortunately Kolb didn’t fare much better…
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Kolb went 10 for 23 for 73 yards and two interceptions for a 15.3 quarterback rating.
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Safety Quintin Demps was the lone bright spot for the Eagles that game. He scored their only touchdown on a 100-yard kickoff return in the first half.
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Ravens QB Joe Flacco was 12 for 26 for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
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Ravens Safety Ed Reed proved to be a nightmare for both McNabb and Kolb. Reed returned two interceptions for a total of 151 yards, more than the passing yardage of McNabb and Kolb combined. He returned one interception for 108 yards, an NFL record.
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Bolstered by a 24-point 4th quarter, the Ravens surged to a 36-7 win over the Birds. The game dropped the Eagles to 5-5-1 and caused a quarterback controversy as well.
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Both McNabb and the Eagles would bounce back after the loss. McNabb dominated during the next game, a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Cardinals, throwing 27 for 39 for 260 yards and four touchdowns. The game sparked a huge turnaround for the Birds. They eventually finished with a 9-6-1 record, clinching the NFC’s #6 seed in the playoffs. They rode their momentum all the way to the NFC Championship where they lost a heartbreaker to the Arizona Cardinals.
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