Philadelphia Eagles name Brian Dawkins, Wilbert Montgomery alumni captains for NFC Championship Game
Philadelphia Eagles free safety Brian Dawkins reacts during the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons in this Jan. 23, 2005 photo in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)
The Philadelphia Eagles have been to the NFC Championship Game six times and won twice. In those two victories, Brian Dawkins and Wilbert Montgomery played key roles. And they’ll be back on the field for the Birds when they face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
The Eagles announced Friday that Dawkins and Montgomery will be the team’s alumni captains for the game.
#Eagles greats Brian Dawkins and Wilbert Montgomery will serve as our @SantanderBankUS Alumni Captains for #MINvsPHI.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/4D1dDjCsxc
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 19, 2018
Dawkins and Montgomery are appropriate choices.
In the 2004 NFC Championship Game, Dawkins laid out Alge Crumpler and picked off Michael Vick, and the Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 27-10, to reach Super Bowl XXXIX. The Crumpler hit became one of the most iconic moments for the Eagles teams that reached four straight NFC title games in the early 2000s and helped solidify Dawkins as one of the franchise’s all-time greats.
2004 NFC Championship – Brian Dawkins Hit on Alge Crumpler HD
In the 1980 NFC Championship Game, Montgomery rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 20-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys to put the Birds into Super Bowl XV. Montgomery set the tone for the game with a 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and the Eagles defense shut down Tony Dorsett and the Cowboys. Montgomery retired as the franchise’s all-time leading rusher before his mark of 6,538 yards was eclipsed by LeSean McCoy in 2014.
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