Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Playoff Extra

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Playoff Extra

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HISTORY-MAKING SHOWDOWN

The matchup between the Eagles' Donovan McNabb and Atlanta's Michael Vick will mark the first time that two African-American quarterbacks will square off for the chance to play in the Super Bowl. A black quarterback has not played in the Super Bowl since Tennessee's Steve McNair in 2000, and the significance of both milestones is not lost on McNabb's teammates. "I think it's big," said Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse, a former University of Florida standout. "I was talking to some of my teammates and said, 'Wow, an African-American quarterback is going to be in the Super Bowl.' It's going to be an honor for me, if we get there, just to be on the team with them and just be a part of it because it is going to be history and it is big."

READY TO FACE PHILLY FANS

Falcons fans sold out every home game this year. But running back Warrick Dunn (right) said their fervor can't match Philadelphia fans. "It's no disrespect to our fans, but last Saturday night was the first time since I've been here that you could really feel the electricity of football, and that's how games are supposed to be," Dunn said. …

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