McNabb has last laugh

In their most important game of the season, the Eagles lost by five.

And by 5.

That's the jersey number of Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, who wore that same number for 11 years in Philadelphia before the Eagles traded him in April.

Along the way in their 17-12 loss to the Redskins, the Eagles lost quarterback Michael Vick, who suffered an undisclosed rib injury on a dazzling run up the middle at the end of the first quarter when he was sandwiched just shy of the goal line. Two different outlets have reported Vick has three broken ribs.

As for McNabb, he played much better in the first half and finished with very modest numbers — completing 8 of 19 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and interception — but he was perfectly happy with the results.

Fans gave McNabb a standing ovation when he was introduced — with only a smattering of boos — and then booed him with gusto when he lined up to take his first snap.

"You realize that you spent 11 years here and you knew that it was coming," McNabb said. "But you didn't expect them to cheer for me the whole game, that just wouldn't be right. I was just happy about the way that they gave me a standing ovation early.

"I think all of the quarterbacks got booed today."

sfarmer@tribune.com

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