3. Donovan McNabb
He was a bit hefty and didn’t appear to be the most athletic quarterback in the world, but when Donovan McNabb truly wanted to, he could rush the ball with the best of them.
The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t the sexy choice heading into the 2004 postseason, but that was mostly due to the long list of injuries they were forced to deal with. Still, despite wide receiver Terrell Owens hitting the sidelines for most of their run and McNabb nursing several injuries of his own, the Eagles were only one win away from taking home the Super Bowl. That of course, would only happen if McNabb was able to beat the Patriots with his arm and not his legs.
McNabb was an absolute non-factor in the game when it came to rushing the ball. In fact, the Pro Bowler didn’t gain a single yard on the ground, but he did somewhat embarrass Belichick in the passing game.
While he did finish the game with 357 passing yards, Belichick kept the heat on him the entire time, sacking McNabb three times and forcing him into three interceptions. If McNabb was a bit healthier heading in, maybe the outcome would’ve been different. Instead, Belichick simply added his name to the long list of dual-threat quarterbacks that have failed against him in the playoffs.