Todd Pinkston celebrates LJ Smith's first touchdown catch. It was a 6-yarder
early in the fourt quarter which put the Eagles up 26-10. It was his only
catch of the day. It capped an Eagles TD drive which began on the free quick after
Darwin Walker forced Quincy Carter to take a safety. The Eagles clinched a playoff
berth and one more win to clinch their third straight division title and giving
the Birds at least 1 home game in the upcoming playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stat Of The Week
The Philadelphia Eagles are the only team in the NFL to reach the players in
each of the last 4 years. Their eight-game winning streak matches the second-longest
in team history, behind only their nine-game streak during the 1960 NFL Championship
season. The Phillies last 8-game winning streak was 2,091 games ago back in 1991. With
2 FG's and 4 PATs, David Akers increased his scoring total to 473 points and moved him
past Steve Van Buren (464) into fourth place in team history. Westbrook's TD was his
10th this season, the most since 1996 (Ricky Watters 13, Irving Fryar 11). Duce Staley
passed Wilbert Montgomery for second-most receptions in team histor with 269 catches.
He only trails Keith Byers (371).
Philly Clinched Playoff Berth After |
Whipping Up On 'Boys From Texas.
Once again, the Philadelphia Eagles put a licking on the ‘Boys from Dallas. We have had some very memorable wins
versus Dallas during the regular season at home, especially at Veteran’s Stadium. The most infamous 2 games were:
the fourth-and-1 play (twice) called by that idiotic Barry Switzer where the Eagles defense stopped Emmitt Smith
on both plays in his tracks; the other being the infamous “Ice Bowl”, where the stadium maintenance crews forgot
to remove all the snow. Hence, Jimmy Johnson and the rest of the Cowboys were targets for the many, including the
now Gov. Ed Rendell. My favorite happened back in 1992 with both teams entering the game at 4-0 on a nationally
televised Monday night game. Randall Cunningham and Reggie White helped lead a thumping on Dallas that night, 31-7,
one that I witnessed live. Yesterday, the Eagles once and for all christened the new dig with burying the Dallas
Cowboys 36-10. Once again, I was there. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Birds and essentially making
almost impossible for Dallas to overtake us for the East crown. Andy Reid is now 5-0 at home against the Cowboys
with 3+ games with margin of victories of 22 or more points. At a very cold and windy Lincoln Financial Field, the
Eagles proved that they are indeed the team to beat in the NFC. They spanked the Cowboys, out-gaining them 403 to
225 yards. The Birds accomplished this against the NFL’s best-ranked defense. Philly now has 8 straight victories
in a row. The last time the Eagles won 8 consecutive games was back during their march to Super Bowl XV, in 1980.
Maybe this is the year that the Philadelphia Eagles finally get over that last hump and go to the Super Bowl.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The game started out with both defenses playing solid throughout the first half. It was clear that Bill Parcells was
determined to run the ball and keep the pressure off of QB Quincy Carter. It worked until the start of the second half.
In fact, Troy Hambrick ran the ball for Dallas on their first 7 plays. On the Cowboys second possession, Carter moved
the Dallas into FG position, where John Cundiff connected from 29 yards out. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb quickly took the
Eagles downfield on the ensuing kickoff and if not for a LJ Smith holding call probably would have score a TD. Instead,
David Akers kicked a shot 22-yard chip shot and the score was tied. It would have been a longer FG if not for the
spectacular run by McNabb who was flushed from the pocket on third-and-long and was forced out at the 4-yard line.
Late in the second quarter, the Cowboys were not as lucky as McNabb drove the Birds on a 7-play, 79-yard TD drive,
keyed by 2 long passes. The first was to Freddie Mitchell, aka “First Down Freddie” for a 22-yard gain and the other
was 24-yard catch to Correll Buckhalter. Those setup another highlight play by Brian Westbrook, who took a short screen
pass and through like 6 tackles from 16 yards out. That gave the Eagles a 10-3 lead. Dallas struck right back on 3 quick
plays and tied the game at 10 just before the half. Hambrick ran 13 times for 58 yards in the first, but had only 17 yards
in the second. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson fired up the defense with a talk about being more aggressive stopping the run.
The Eagles defense completely shut down the Dallas offense in second half. In fact, the top 3 Cowboys’ receivers of Joey
Galloway, Terry Glenn and Antonio Bryant had zero receptions and yards during the entire game. The big “ZERO”! The Eagles
out-scored Dallas 26-0 in the second half. The defensive line chased Quincy Carter from the pocket on many occasions forcing
many incompletions, 2 INT’s and sacking him 3 times. The feeding frenzy began when Sheldon Brown intercepted Carter on the
2nd play in the third quarter. That setup a short 5-yard shovel pass to Duce Staley for a 17-10 lead. The crowd and the
defense went crazy thereafter. Later in the third quarter, the crowd was directly responsible for a bad snap on third and
long at the Cowboys own 5-yard line. The snap went into the end zone, as Quincy Carter was looking the other way. Darwin
Walker was there then to force Carter to kick the ball out of the end zone for a safety. The Eagles continued their frenzy,
when Bobby Taylor intercepted another pass from Quincy Carter at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Soon afterwards,
McNabb hit LJ Smith with a short end route pass for a 56-yard TD catch. It was his first in the NFL. Donovan McNabb completed
19 of 35 passes and 248 yards with 3 TD’s and 0 INT’s during the game. His QB rating over the past 4 games is now 105.4.
Correll Buckhalter completed the Eagles romp with a 64-yard TD rush straight up the middle in the closing minutes, making
the score 36-10.
The final score read 36-10, but felt more like 60-10 for Dallas. The Cowboys claimed before the game that McNabb dissed
them withy some early season remarks that the NFC East Title still goes through Philly after the Eagles lost to Dallas
the first time. After this game, McNabb said, “If a comment that had to be made 2 months ago needs to motivate you, you
shouldn’t be playing the game”. If the Eagles were to get the home field advantage, this new field could become a place
of horrors for opposing teams to play in come January. For the Birds, only a trophy named after the greatest coach ever
in the NFL would suffice right this season. For now, though the Eagles must focus on the next week against the Miami
Dolphins, who now have an 8-5 record. There is a rumor that next week could be a home game for the Eagles, even though
it is in South Florida. It is said that over 20,000 Eagle fans will be in attendance. The Eagles could show the world
that our fans are the best on the first play by running Duce Staley straight up the gut with chants of “Duuucceee”
resound throughout Pro Player Park.