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McNabb Gives Super Bowl Analysis On ESPN

Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb appeared live on ESPN's 6 p.m. *SportsCenter *on set in Miami to analyze this Sunday's Super Bowl.

McNabb offered up a breakdown of several matchups and then provided his prediction for the final score.

"I'm going to take the Indianapolis Colts," McNabb said. "I think what they've been able to accomplish all season, by being able to get the ball downfield, put points on the board, run the ball effectively when they needed to. I'm going to take the Colts (to win) by 17.

"It's definitely going to be in the 40's. What it's going to come down to is the third-down conversions. If a team is able to sustain drives and move the chains and come out with points, then you're going to see this thing go all the way down to the wire. But if teams can't convert on third-downs and certain situations, and defenses aren't creating turnovers, it's going to be a long day."

McNabb also offered insight as to what is going through the heads of the respective Super Bowl quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. McNabb, of course, played in the 2004 Super Bowl.

"Well right now they understand that they've been preparing for a week and a half now and by this time they've already broken down what they can do on first down, what they can do on second down and third down," he said. "They know how to attack the blitz. I think at this particular time, this is when you relax. You begin to spend time with your teammates, you go out to dinner, watch a couple movies and be able to understand what's at stake this weekend."

McNabb said that he expects Manning to have a huge night in his second Super Bowl appearance.

"This kind of reminds me going back to when Pittsburgh won its second championship," McNabb said. "In the first game, Ben Roethlisberger didn't really play as well, but they found ways to win. You go back to the Indianapolis first (Super Bowl win), Peyton Manning didn't have an explosive game passing the ball. They ran the ball very effectively. Now coming into this game, he understands what he's seeing. He knows what he has to do. They know they don't run the ball, but Peyton is very effective in the pass game in what they've been able to accomplish. I expect Peyton to come out and have an explosive day, high in the QB rating and ... I expect him to have about at least 350 yards passing."

When asked about his future in Philadelphia, McNabb echoed head coach Andy Reid's sentiment that he'll be back in 2010.

"The Colts, the Saints, it's going to be a great game on Sunday. I'll be watching it back home in Philadelphia and I will be there next year," McNabb said.

Although, McNabb said that he's tired of watching the Super Bowl on television.

"I'm still stuck on the one Super Bowl, we're going to make sure we handle that next year," he said. "We're going to make sure we end that next year and hopefully we'll find ourselves playing in the game."

McNabb also said that he hopes that his friend and teammate Michael Vick will have an opportunity to start somewhere next season.

"Michael Vick has done a great job," McNabb said. "A great guy, he worked extremely hard to prepare himself. I think this is a perfect opportunity for a ball club to give him an opportunity to start for them, be their quarterback and he's going to make a lot of plays for them."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 7:04 p.m., February 4

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