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MNF moments, No. 45: McNabb scramble

By John McTigue, ESPN Stats & Info

Donovan McNabb
To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down the number of days to this season's MNF debut.


No. 45: Eagles 49, Cowboys 21 | Nov. 15, 2004


The Philadelphia Eagles were up 14 with 3:09 left in the second quarter when Donovan McNabb took a third-and-10 snap from the Eagles' 25-yard line. Cowboys defensive tackle Leonardo Carson broke into the backfield quickly and grabbed McNabb's jersey but was unable to pull him down. That was just 2.94 seconds into what would be a 14.2-second dropback by McNabb.

McNabb sprinted out to the right, going as deep as his own 8-yard line and as wide as the right field number. He still had no play, however, so he stopped and headed back toward the left. The Eagles' offensive line continued to pick up blocks, freeing McNabb and giving him time to throw. By the time he passed the ball, he was outside the left field number and just 2 yards shy of the line of scrimmage. His pass traveled 54 yards past the line and hit Freddie Mitchell in stride.

The Eagles would gain 60 yards on the play, setting up another score in what would end up as a 49-21 Eagles' rout.

The play was almost as memorable as the pregame intro, which featured Terrell Owens encountering "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan -- wearing just a towel -- in the Eagles' locker room.