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Celek was brilliant

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The L.J. Smith era in Philadelphia came to a close Sunday -- and pretty much no one noticed. Brent Celek, a former fifth-round draft pick out of Cincinnati has emerged as a viable long-term option at tight end -- evidenced by his 10 catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.

In the postseason, he became one of Donovan McNabb's favorite targets. But after the game, he wasn't able to focus on his individual accomplishments. In fact, he felt awful for McNabb.

"It's heartbreaking, and honestly, I don't care about the numbers," he said. "I wanted to win for these veterans that are in here, and I wanted to go to the Super Bowl. That was the goal. I honestly do not care about the stats at all. I just wanted to win."

Folks, my column from tonight's game is going through an intense editing process as we speak. In case you're curious, I pretty much pinned this one on the defense not being able to stop anyone in the first half. This is a successful season for the Eagles. But this loss will sting for quite a while.

Farewell until next July.

Just kidding.