Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is all smiles after connecting with Terrell
Owens for a 45-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. The TD pass gave Dallas
an almost insurmountable lead at 28-7. Tony Romo completed 20-25 passes for 324
passing yards and three TD's. Romo had just signed a 6-year extension worth
$67.5 million dollars.
Philadelphia Eagles' |
Stats Of The Week
Brian Westbrook's 14 receptions tied the 67-year old franchise record set
by Don Looney in 1940 at Washington. He had 90 receiving yards and 155 total
yards. The Eagles allowed 14 or more points for the first time in 30 games,
since the Seattle Seahawks scored 14 on the way to a 42-0 win here on Dec. 5, 2005.
Dallas scored more points in the first quarter (14) than they had scored in
the first quarter of their eight other games this year (13). The Cowboys' 38
points were the most against the Eagles in a non-strike game in 36 years, since
a 42-40 win at the Vet in 1971. Jason Witten's 55-yd reception, the final 25 yds
of which he ran without a helmet was the longest of his career. He had 42-yarders
in 2004 and 2006. Lito Sheppard's 2nd-quarter INT was the 16th of his career
and his 7th against Dallas. Lastly, Brian Dawkins, in his first game since
Sept. 17, played in his 160th game, passing Randy Logan and moving him into
3rd place in team history behind Harold Carmichael (180) and Chuck Bednarik (169).
Terrell Owens 174 Passing Yards |
Leads Way To 'Boys Victory, 38-17.
This was supposed to be the game that might have saved the Eagles season. It didn’t take long for that
reality to leave all Eagles fans quickly. Three minutes and twenty-nine seconds and Dallas had the first
of many touchdowns on the way to an emphatic 38-17 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. Wasn’t that a
gut-wrenching totally embarrassing loss to those hated Cowboys from the “Big D”? A national TV audience
watched as the Eagles choked and pissed this disgrace of a NFL game away. Just compare the stats. Number
one: Terrell Owens finished the game with 10 catches for 174 yards and ‘1’ 45-yd TD catch, which the
former Eagle receiver proceeded to do his famous bird-flapping celebration dance. Number two: Marian
Barber and Julius Jones combined for 113 rushing yards and QB Tony Romo tore apart the Eagles vaunted
#9 NFL defense as Romo completed 20-25 passes for 324 yards, 3 TD’s and a QB rating of 141.7. On the
other side, McNabb had a lousy QB rating of 64 as he was intercepted twice and fumbled the ball on the
games first play from scrimmage.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
Donovan McNabb fumbled the ball as he was being sacked by the Cowboys DeMarcus Ware on the very first
play. Bradie James recovered the ball at the Eagles 37-yard line. Six plays later, Julius Jones scored
from 2-yards out. Impressively, the Eagles didn’t give up yet as McNabb drove the offense on an 8-play,
75-yard game-tying TD drive. The key play was a 45-yd pass to Reggie Brown, who was finally tackled
at the Dallas 3-3-yard line. Westbrook ran it in on the next play. But right back came the Dallas
Cowboys, as Romo drove the ‘Boys 72 yards in just 5:24. The drive was keyed by a couple of passes
to Marian Barber for 22 and 14 yards, respectively. The Eagles played some defense and stopped the
Cowboys a couple of times in a row, but also failed to move the ball in the same breath as the Dallas
defense applied the pressure on Donovan McNabb and the Eagles offense forcing punts. The Eagles Lito
Sheppard, then made a big play to get McNabb the ball back at their own 17-yard line with 1:53 left
in the half. But McNabb tried to force a pass to Hank Baskett and instead had his pass intercepted
by Ken Hamlin. Three plays later, Barber made it 21-7 on an easy 5-yard TD run. So instead of a tied
game or at least a 14-10 deficit at the half, the Eagles now trailed by two touchdowns. The disaster
is now an avalanche. The second half would just be a formality.
As the second half began, we got to see Terrell Owens do his Eagles impression as he rumbled to the
end zone for a 45-yard TD catch. David Akers would add a 36-yd FG 5:01 later to cut the Cowboys lead
to 28-10. The Cowboys would respond by marching straight down the field with Jason Witten catching
a 20-yd pass. Dallas was in complete control at the Linc, a dead-quiet stadium as most of the fans
were long gone. There weren’t any boos as T.O. had his fun. The competitiveness in this game went
by the way side with 44 seconds left in the first half. McNabb looked awful and the defense could
not stop any running backs and the T.O. show looked pretty impressive. And Dallas still does not
have Terry Glenn back from his injury yet. Dallas is now 7-1 and in control of their own destiny.
They beat the Giants next week; they will be the team in the East to beat and maybe the conference.
As for our Eagles, there is always next season’s draft to look forward to.