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94 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Jan. 25 - Jan. 31, 2002 Fredman's Football News & Views Rams get nod over Eagles; Steelers picked over Patriots By Dave Frederick Donovan McNabb, from the city of Chicago, scores the last touchdown at Soldier Field. And he does it by running five yards untouched up the middle on a quarterback draw. McNabb then playfully dunks the ball over the crossbar. The Eagles won the game 33-19 and are heading to St. Louis to face the:"carp speed" Rams. ' ,  _, - The Las Vegasgamblers have the Eagles pegg :as early 12 point under dogs. .,,i The image of an 80-pound dauchsund draing its belly across the kitcffen'i'l-00r comes to mind. If the Eagles are to go un- Steelers quarterback Ko- rdell "Slash" Stewart will be the biggest threat against the Patriots. der they will sink early. If the contest is combative into the sec- ond half, the Eagles have a chance. "It's very exciting. We've taken one step further than we did last year," said McNabb, whose, team lost in this round last season to the New York Giants. "It's just a feel- ing right now that I could not ex- plain. But believe me, we're all excited?' Chicago linebacker Rosevelt Colvin was not happy after the game. "This leaves a sour taste in our mouth," he said. "In the off sea- son, we have to remember that we lost the last game at Soldier Field. We really got punished." A heads-up play by McNabb in the third quarter occurred when the quarterback found Duce Sta- ley uncovered to the right and threw a bullet leading Staley into the end zone. The play gave the Eagles a 20-14 lead with five min- utes left in the third quarter. "Donovan threw a bullet, but I made the play," Staley said. "We just made eye contact. Donovan just comes up to the line and was able to look over the defense. It's an empty backfield and they left me open. They were kind of con- fused all day on that, and that time we were able to capitalize." The other local team, .the Balti- more Ravens, got kicked to the curb in emphatic fashion by the Pittsburgh Steelers. A team repre- senting "Charm City" where visi- tors are treated with hospitality and class was characterized as a bunch of trash-talking frontrun- ners. The Steelers forced four turnovers and limited the defend- ing Super Bowl champion Balti- more Ravens to 150 yards and Cape Gazette file photos Above, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will have to be elusive against the Rams de- fense. Below, one of McNabb's favorite tagets, tight end Chad Lewis, will play a pivotal role. seven first downs while rolling to a 27-10 victory in the third and decisive matchup between the AFC Cen{ral teams. The Steelers are pegged as heavy favorites this weekend to defeat the Patriots and move on to the Super Bowl and probably face the Rams.. "It feels real good. I'm just glad we seized the moment," Steeler quarterback Kordell "Slash" Stewart said after the game. "Our defense played awesome as did special teams. We're going to need to continue to play like this if we're going to take it all the way." Tony Sirigusa, who can barely waddle to the bench during spe- cialty substituting and will most certainly retire voluntarily or oth- Continued on page 95 Steelers fans (l-r) Scott Best of Middletown, Tommi Wagner, Marty Conte and Jim Andrew, all of Milford, whoop it up in Grotto Pizza Grand Slam as the Steelers put another score on the board. Dan Cook photos Kevin Barnes, straight from Pittsburgh, Pa., shows of his "Terrible Towel" as he roots for the Steelers in Irish Eyes in Lewes.