Now that the Eagles have miraculously found their way into the playoffs, you're going to hear comparisons to last year's New York Giants, who won three straight road games as a wildcard team en route to an unlikely Super Bowl title.

In fact, Donovan McNabb made the reference after Sunday's rout of the Dallas Cowboys.

"The Giants got it done last year, there's no reason we can't do it now," the Eagles' quarterback said.

There's one major difference between this year's Eagles and last year's Giants as well as the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, who also were a wildcard team that won it all.

The Giants and Steelers had won all season on the road. The Giants, of course, reeled off 10 straight road victories to reach the Super Bowl after losing their season opener at Dallas. Even though Eli Manning and the Giants were wildly inconsistent during the regular season, they always seemed to find a way to win away from home.

The 2005 Steelers went 6-2 on the road before winning three straight road games to reach the Super Bowl as the AFC's sixth seed.

The 2008 Eagles went 3-4-1 on the road and if you look back, there was only one game all season where you could say they played well from start to finish. That, of course, was their win over the Giants at the Meadowlands. After a slow start, they played pretty well in beating a depleted Seattle team at Qwest Field, but they had to stage a frantic fourth-quarter rally to win at San Francisco.

To reach the Super Bowl, the Eagles have to win three straight games against playoff teams on the road. The odds of that happening are longer than them even being in these playoffs, but they at least have a chance.