This season has been a complete surprise for me. I was fully expecting the Eagles to be the class of the NFC East, the NFC in general, and the entire NFL. I thought they were going to go to NFC Champsionship game for the fifth straight year and the Superbowl for the second straight year.

How quickly those hopes have faded. Two weeks ago with the Eagles dominating the Dallas Cowboys with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Eagles were in the thick of the NFC East and a great possibiltity to turn their season around and win the division. Four minutes later, their playoff hopes were all but lost.

Oh, but wait, they could still get back in it. All they need to do is beat the Giants and they could at least vie for a wildcard berth. Well, after a hard fought game where they came up short, it was clear that the season is all but over for the once dominate beasts of the NFC.

It isn’t confirmed yet, but in all likelihood, Pro-Bowlers Donovan McNabb and Lito Sheppard are going to have season-ending surgeries. As if the previous six losses weren’t enough to shipwreck the season, this pretty much seals the deal.

True, Mike McMahon played reasonably well against the Giants and the Eagles are known for bouncing back in fine fasion late in the season, but the Eagles are just too depleted on all fronts to make a playoff run.

I am not all that disappointed, though. I saw it coming as soon as the Donovan McNabb press conferences happened, announcing he had sports hernia injury that had no chance of healing without surgery. It was just a matter of time before he couldn’t go anymore. It could have been after the Super Bowl, but the likelihood was very low. The odds couldn’t be overcome this time, but I’m fully confident that this is a Super Bowl caliber football team with much of their roster locked up with long-term deals. They will be back with a vengence next year.

I’m a die hard Eagles fan, thick and thin. I bleed Eagles green and will always root for them, no matter how grim it looks right now.