Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Before we take you around the nation to see what everyone's saying about the NFC Championship Game, let me say one thing: For the people trying to somehow pin Sunday's loss on Donovan McNabb, give me a break. I thought he performed superbly in the second half -- and he put his team in position to win after the defense played horribly in the first half. OK, let's start out with the locals and then hit some of the nationals:
Rich Hofmann says this is an all-too-familiar feeling for Eagles fans. He writes, "Two time zones and nearly 2,000 miles away, though, are the loyal green millions. You wonder where they will find the strength to wake up this morning. Because this football team tortured the paying customers for the better part of 6 months this season and then it water-boarded them again yesterday for 60 minutes."
Inquirer columnist Ashley Fox focused on Donovan McNabb's performance Sunday and his future.
Bob Ford of the Inquirer thinks the Eagles' destiny is to lose in huge playoff games. Or maybe the Eagles simply came out flat and were beaten by a better team. Maybe it doesn't have to be all this painful talk about destinies. You either put pressure on Kurt Warner in the first half or you don't. The Eagles didn't -- and they're headed home now.
Andy Reid talks about the impact of this loss.
David Akers says we shouldn't try to pin this thing on him either.
Here's some speculation on Donovan McNabb's future.
Phil Sheridan talks about how Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb's legacy could've been rewritten Sunday.
Another entertaining column from Philly Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez.
John Smallwood of the Daily News thinks Andy Reid should have some of his power stripped away.
Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback is always a must-read for the Beast.
Mike Freeman of CBSsports.com calls it another choke job.
Reuben Frank of Phillyburbs.com says all this looks pretty familiar. Now Reuben can focus on his upcoming book about the top 50 plays in Eagles history.
Vinnie Iyer thinks the Cards have a shot of beating the Steelers.
Here's one of the two columns Sam Farmer of the LA Times wrote on deadline last night.