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McNabb plays through pain, puts hurt on Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- By the look of things, all those aches
and pains were getting to Donovan McNabb. Philadelphia's first
three drives yielded two punts and a blocked field goal, and the
Eagles were suddenly down 17-0 in the second quarter at Kansas
City.

Turns out McNabb is as good leading a comeback as he is at
enduring pain.

In rallying the Eagles to a 37-31 victory over the crestfallen
Chiefs, neither a painful sports hernia nor a determined Kansas
City defense could stop McNabb from doing something Sunday that no
other Philadelphia quarterback had before: pass for more than 300
yards in three straight games.

The Eagles (3-1) scored 31 straight points against the same
defense that had nearly shut out the New York Jets a few weeks
earlier on the same field.

McNabb, who was also playing with a chest bruise and a sore
shin, completed 33 of 48 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.

"I was just doing whatever I had to help my team win," said
McNabb, who was diagnosed last week with a painful strain in the
lower abdomen known as a sports hernia.

"Nothing is easy in this game especially when your body is in a
position where you feel like can't do what you're used to doing,"
he said.

Terrell Owens fueled the comeback by consistently getting open
and making 11 catches for 171 yards and a TD.

The Chiefs (2-2) closed to within six points with 1:24 left on
Trent Green's 15-yard TD pass to Hall, but the Eagles recovered the
onside kick.

"He didn't look like he was hurting one bit," said Chiefs
defensive lineman Lionel Dalton. "He looked like the normal
McNabb, one of the greatest quarterbacks in this league."

McNabb took a few pretty good whacks but nothing slowed him
down.

"It felt like I tweaked it a little," he said. "Nothing
major. This is just something I have to get used to. My body's
reacting differently."

The Chiefs (2-2) took a 24-6 lead with 4:27 left when Dante Hall
went 96 yards with a kickoff return following Sheldon Brown's
40-yard return of an interception of Trent Green.

Then Owens and McNabb awakened the defending NFC champs. After
Sam Rayburn recovered a Larry Johnson fumble on the 50, McNabb hit
Owens for 28 yards and then capped the quick drive with a 7-yard TD
pass to the Eagles' top receiver.

"It was like they got all the momentum right there," said
Chiefs guard Brian Waters. "But we just made too many mistakes,
too many turnovers."

Todd France, whose first NFL field goal attempt was blocked,
made good on a 44-yarder to bring the Eagles to within 24-16.

Then McNabb hit Owens twice for a total of 58 yards in a 4-play,
60-yard drive capped by Mike Bartrum's 3-yard TD catch.

A 2-point conversion pass to Brian Westbrook tied it 24-all with
1:54 left in the third and hushed the sellout crowd that had become
almost deafening a few minutes before.

France put the Eagles ahead 27-24 with a 37-yarder in the fourth
quarter. Then Hall fumbled away the ensuing kickoff and McNabb
needed just six plays to cover 25 yards, hitting L.J. Smith with a
1-yard TD toss after Smith made a circus catch of a tipped ball on
third and seven.

France added a 26-yard field goal with 3:22 to go.

"We couldn't knock McNabb down even though we hit him," said
Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "What a great football player!"

Trent Green completed his first eight passes and Priest Holmes
scored on a 7-yard run on Kansas City's opening possession. The
next time the Chiefs got the ball, Green hit Eddie Kennison
perfectly in stride for a 49-yard gain that set up Lawrence Tynes'
38-yarder.

The next sequence is one that Philadelphia's Roderick Hood would
like to forget. First, he fumbled during the kickoff return and
Chris Griffin recovered for Kansas City on the 27.

Six plays later, Kennison beat Hood in the end zone on an 8-yard
touchdown pass.

Hall, who electrified the NFL in 2003 by returning kicks for
touchdowns in four consecutive games, tied the NFL record with six
kickoff returns for touchdowns.

But it's McNabb that everybody went home talking about.

"He's unbelievable, man," said Chiefs cornerback Patrick
Surtain. "The second half, they got on a roll and it was like they
were doing anything they wanted."

Game notes
Eagles DE Jevon Kearse, held without a sack for the first
three games of the season, picked up his first with just over 10
minutes left in the third quarter. ... Brown's two-interception
game was the first of his career. ... The scoreboards and play
clocks at Arrowhead Stadium went out for much of the second
quarter. ... Chiefs rookie Dustin Colquitt got off a 62-yard punt
in the third quarter, his longest of the year. ... Hicks has both
of Kansas City's blocked field goals this season. ... Holmes became
Kansas City's career leader in attempts from scrimmage (rushes and
receptions), with 1,466. Eagles defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis
re-tore his Achilles' tendon.