Eagles 37, Chiefs 31
By the look of things, all those aches and pains were getting to Donovan McNabb. Philadelphia's first three drives yielded two punts and a blocked field goal, and the Eagles were suddenly down 17-0 in the second quarter at Kansas City.
Turns out McNabb is as good leading a comeback as he is at enduring pain.
In rallying the Eagles to a 37-31 victory over the crestfallen Chiefs, neither a painful sports hernia nor a determined Kansas City defense could stop McNabb from doing something Sunday that no other Philadelphia quarterback had before: pass for more than 300 yards in three straight games.
The Eagles (3-1) scored 28 straight points against the same defense that had nearly shut out the New York Jets a few weeks earlier.
McNabb, who was also playing with a chest bruise and a sore shin, completed 33 of 48 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.
"I was just doing whatever I had to help my team win," said McNabb, who had a painful strain in the lower abdomen known as a sports hernia diagnosed last week.
"Nothing is easy in this game especially when your body is in a position where you feel like can't do what you're used to doing," he said.
Terrell Owens fueled the comeback by consistently getting open and making 11 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown.
The Chiefs (2-2) closed to within six points with 1 minute 24 seconds left on Trent Green's 15-yard touchdown pass to Dante Hall, but the Eagles recovered the onside kick.
"He didn't look like he was hurting one bit," said Chiefs defensive lineman Lionel Dalton. "He looked like the normal McNabb, one of the greatest quarterbacks in this league."
McNabb took a few pretty good whacks but nothing slowed him down.
"It felt like I tweaked it a little," he said. "Nothing major. This is just something I have to get used to."
The Chiefs (2-2) took a 24-6 lead with 4:27 left when Hall went 96 yards with a kickoff return following Sheldon Brown's 40-yard return of an interception of Trent Green.
Then Owens and McNabb awakened the defending NFC champs. After Sam Rayburn recovered a Larry Johnson fumble on the 50, McNabb hit Owens for 28 yards and then capped the quick drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to the Eagles' top receiver.
"It was like they got all the momentum right there," said Chiefs guard Brian Waters. "But we just made too many mistakes, too many turnovers."
Todd France, whose first NFL field goal attempt was blocked, made good on a 44-yarder to bring the Eagles to within 24-16.
Then McNabb hit Owens twice for 58 yards in a four-play, 60-yard drive capped by Mike Bartrum's three-yard touchdown catch.
A two-point conversion pass to Brian Westbrook tied it at 24 with 1:54 left in the third and hushed the sellout crowd that had become almost deafening a few minutes before.