In a game in which the winner would earn a spot in the playoffs, the Philadelphia Eagles destroyed and embarrassed the Dallas Cowboys in South Philadelphia and extended their season at least another week.
Andy Reid, in his post-game press conference, thanked the fans first for showing up at the Linc to cheer on the Birds against their most hated rival. Not shortly after, Reid thanked the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans for doing their part to put the Eagles in position to play next weekend. How 'bout them Oakland Raiders?!?
Finally, he acknowledged his players for bringing the thunder on the final day of the regular season and making the Dallas Cowboys look more like Monaco's Team than America's Team.
It was an all-out team showing by the Eagles, who put up impressive offensive drives ending in two McNabb touchdown passes and another QB sneak in the first half. After that, the Birds' defensive looked rabid against a lifeless Cowboys offense. Tony Romo came up extremely small, giving the ball away, in another big game in the lore of Romo.
I'm not going to lie, as an Eagles fan, I counted this team out just a few short weeks ago. They had impressive wins and ugly losses over the past few weeks. But at the end of the day, the 9-6-1 Eagles season will go on. Eagles fans everywhere will take it.
As the Giants showed us last year, any team that earns a playoff spot has a chance to win the Super Bowl. The Eagles, despite how ugly it was along the way, have earned that chance.
One thing is certain, the McNabb era in Philadelphia is not over. Donovan performed very well in the first half with great improvisation on the big 54-yard pass play to Correll Buckhalter as well as great touch on the pretty ball to DeSean Jackson.
The Eagles will face the Vikings and former Philadelphia play-caller Brad Childress next weekend in the first round of the playoffs.
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