by Bruce Ciskie
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The Philadelphia Eagles aren't supposed to be here.
They needed what was practically an act of God in Week 17 just to get to the postseason. Then they went on the road, and while they were favored, it was still Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid in a road playoff game.
The two got the job done. Reid called enough runs to keep the Vikings defense honest, McNabb made some plays, and they found a way to get Brian Westbrook involved when the game was on the line.
Beyond that, they did what this Philadelphia team should do, and they rode Jim Johnson's defense to a victory.
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Now, beating the defending world champions in their house should prove more difficult than beating the Vikings at the Metrodome was. The New York Giants didn't just get handed the top seed in the NFC. They got off to a hot start, weathered a late-season slump, and managed to come from behind to beat Carolina for home-field advantage. They earned this right.
Just don't let that stop you from thinking the visitors have a shot Sunday.