Terrell Owens outjumps Terence Newman for his third touchdown catch of
the night. He now has 12 on the season. This TD catch gave the Eagles
a 42-21 lead halfway through the third quarter. Owens finished the night
with 6 receptions and 134 yards.
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Stat Of The Week
The Eagles 35 first-half points were the most in any regular season game
for the team since Oct. 23, 1949 when they scored the same against the
Redskins at Shibe Park. Their 28 second quarter points tied a franchise
record too set back on Nov. 19, 1967 against the Saints at Franklin Field.
It was also the most points ever given up by the Cowboys in one quarter too.
Terrell Owens 134 receiving yards were the most by an Eagle since James
Thrash had 147 against the Giants on Dec. 30, 2001. It was also T.O.'s sixth
100-yard game this season, tying him with Mike Quick and Irving Fryar for most
100-yard games in one season. T.O. now has 12 TD catches from McNabb this
season, tying the single-season record for an Eagles receiver-to-QB tandem
(Jaworski-Quick in 1983 and Van Brocklin-McDonald in 1960). Lito Sheppard's
101-yard INT TD return was the longest in Eagles history by one player and was
also the 11th longest in NFL history. Lastly, the 49 points allowed by the Dallas
Cowboys were the most they ever gave up in any home game in their history.
McNabb & Owens Dominate Pokes, |
In 49-21 Victory Down In Texas.
It was the “Doomsday Show” for the Dallas Cowboys who fell to 3-6 after losing
to the Philadelphia Eagles 49-21. The Monday Night “Showdown” became the ‘Big “D”
Slaughterhouse Whipping”. The show starred Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens. McNabb
completed only 53.6% of his passes (15-for-28). But he threw for 345 yards & 4 TD’s.
He also threw no INT’s and added another 14 yards on the ground. He was sacked once
and escaped another 4-5 possible sacks using legs to run out of the pocket. One play
in particular will be remembered for a long time in Eagles’ lore like the famous
“4-and-26” play in last year’s playoff game against the Packers. And don’t forget
all those magical plays back in the 1980’s when a QB named Randall Cunningham was
at the helm. On Monday night, Donovan added his name to that list with Randall for
greatest plays ever on Monday Night Football. The score was 28-14 Eagles and it was
third-and-ten from the Eagles 25-yard line. With just over 2 minutes left in the
first half and mired in an 0-13 third down conversion slump, McNabb dropped back
to pass on third down. McNabb at first could not find anyone open as the Dallas
pass rush closed in on him. He escaped and ran out of the pocket to his right.
Still no one open and Greg Ellis had him in his sight. No problem, McNabb ducked
and spun back and ran all the way across to the other side of the field, while
he picked up some blocks from both Artis Hicks and Jon Runyan. He appeared to
have an opening to run for the first down, but at the last second pulled up and
heaved the ball over 50 yards down the field to an open Freddie Mitchell. Mitchell
caught the ball on the fly for a 60-yard gain and the team’s first first down in
2 games. Unbelievable!
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
Now, Freddie Mitchell has been the receiver on both of Donovan McNabb’s two most
exciting and magical plays of his career. What’s even more amazing about this
crazy play is the amount of time that transpired from the snap to when McNabb
actually threw the ball. It took 14.1 seconds. Wow! You’re lucky if you have 6
seconds to rid of the ball. He took over 14 seconds and still almost completed
the ball for a touchdown way downfield. Three plays later with only 28 seconds,
Brian Westbrook punctuated the Eagles last five possessions with a fifth straight
Eagles TD drive on his 1-yard plunge into the end zone. It was now 35-14 at the
half. Donovan had a 140.0 QB rating and finished the day with a QB rating of 137.6.
The other unstoppable force was Terrell Owens. He scored three more touchdowns and
dug deep to devise new celebrations. With 6:10 left in the first quarter, McNabb hit
Owens for a quick pass over the middle and an apparent first down. Except, the Cowboy
defenders forgot to tackle him and before you knew it, Owens was headed towards the
end zone for a 59-yard TD catch and run that give the Birds an early 7-0 lead. His
first celebration was a simple imitation of an Olympic speed skater. Then 3:30 after
Dallas cut the Eagles lead to 14-7, McNabb found T.O. uncovered in the end zone for a
27-yard TD reception. This time, Owens went over to the star on the Cowboys helmet and
stood directly on the center of it and raised his arms as if he was bowing to an audience.
His last TD celebration was a simple dunk over the goal posts when he scored on a jump ball
from a 16-yard pass halfway through the third quarter.
It was another dominating win on primetime Monday for the Eagles. They are now 8-1 under
Andy Reid on all Monday night games. The Philadelphia Eagles are now a NFC best 8-1 and
are off to their best start ever. They are also 6-0 in conference play and have an
incredible 29-8 road record since 2000. Even the Eagles defense came alive and held
the Cowboys rushing game to only 71 yards compared to the 252 yards that Pittsburgh
gained on the ground last week. Jeremiah Trotter is a big reason for this. He is finally
back starting at his former regular position at middle linebacker for good now. He led
the defense with 11 tackles and the team’s only sack of the game. After he sacked
Testeverde, we saw his familiar wood chopping routine. Lito Sheppard, who returned
an intercepted pass 1-yard deep into the end zone for a 101-yard TD return, carried
out the biggest play on defense. It was the Eagles longest INT return by one player
in team history. The longest ever was a 104-yard INT return by a combination of James
Willis/Troy Vincent right here in Texas Stadium on Nov. 3, 1996. The Eagles dominated
the Cowboys completely throughout. Dallas never had a chance and with the Eagles
rolling up 485 total yards, really never could quite keep up either. Let’s just hope
that McNabb can keep this high-flying offense on even keel into the future. If they do,
it will be hard for any of the NFC teams to compete with these Eagles. It will be a
fun-filled ride too if the Eagles offense consistently puts up numbers like the one
put up in Dallas.