Terrell Owens and the Philadelphia Eagles bounced back from their first loss in impressive fashion.
Owens caught three touchdown passes and Donovan McNabb recorded
his fourth 300-yard game of the season as the Eagles rolled to a
49-21 triumph over the struggling Dallas Cowboys.
After storming out of the gates with seven straight wins, the
Eagles ran into the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers last week and
dropped a 27-3 decision. Philadelphia (8-1) took out its
frustration on Dallas in this one as Owens notched his second
three-TD game and sixth 100-yard game of the year after being
held to 53 yards on seven receptions vs. Pittsburgh.
"I just wanted to come help the offense so we could get the loss
off our chest," Owens said. "We knew we had a tough game last
"It was a nice character win for our team, being able to bounce
back after the loss last week," Eagles coach Andy Reid added.
"All in all, it was a good win. I don't think that the coaches
panic, they just get back to the grinder. The players do the
McNabb hooked up with Owens on a 59-yard touchdown in the first
quarter to open the scoring before the pair connected for a
27-yard score in the second that gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead.
Owens, who had 111 yards at the half and 134 overall on six
catches, hauled in his NFL-leading 12th TD at 8:56 of the third
for his first three-touchdown game since the season opener
against the New York Giants.
Passing for just 109 yards last week, McNabb was 15-of-28 for
345 yards as the Eagles improved to 23-7 against NFC East
opponents over the last five seasons.
"Last week, mistakes put us in a bad position," McNabb said.
"Teams lose in the NFL. It was time for us to move on."
Todd Pinkston caught a 59-yard TD pass, Dorsey Levens and Brian Westbrook ran for short scores and cornerback Lito Sheppard
capped the scoring with a 101-yard interception return for
Philadelphia, which hosts Washington on Sunday.
"Everyone had a little piece in this win," Reid said. "Donovan
moved the ball well, the receivers played well. The running
backs did a nice job. It's important to keep putting points on
Tight end Jason Witten had nine catches for 133 yards and two
TDs for the Cowboys (3-6), whose 49 points allowed were the most
at home in team history.
"We took a bad beating tonight," Dallas coach Bill Parcells
said. "We just got to get back to work. ... I think emotionally
we were ready to go. We just couldn't slown them down."
"We had a chance to turn it around tonight, but we didn't,"
Witten added. "Coach said he's not going to quit on us, and
we're not going to quit on him. We have to stay focused and
keep going. That's all we can do."
With 6:10 to go in the first quarter, McNabb followed an
incomplete pass with a 14-yard strike over the middle to Owens,
who cut to the left and raced down the sideline for his 10th TD
of the season.
"I feel confident, I have a lot of faith in myself," Owens said.
"I bring a lot of energy and I try to do my best every week."
Lance Frazier muffed a punt that was recovered at the Dallas 15
by Roderick Hood with 62 seconds left in the first. Four plays
later, Levens made it 14-0 with a four-yard run seven seconds
into the second quarter.
ReShard Lee returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards to the Dallas
48 and Vinny Testaverde, who turned 41 on Saturday, found Witten
down the right sideline for a 29-yard TD at 1:45 to halve the
But Owens made his second TD reception in the left corner of the
end zone at 5:15 and Pinkston caught his first touchdown pass
of the season 1:43 later to give the Eagles a 28-7 cushion.
Testaverde and Witten hooked up for Dallas' second score 3:23
before the half, but after McNabb scrambled out of trouble and
heaved a 60-yard pass to Freddie Mitchell on a 3rd-and-10 play
to keep alive a drive, Westbrook barreled in from one yard out
for a 35-14 bulge.
"As a quarterback, I am always trying to buy time and the
offensive line gave me time to do that," said McNabb, who
scampered to the right before running across the field to the
left sideline and unleashing the long pass to Mitchell. "That's
why I could get the ball to a lot of guys."
"Donovan can beat you with his arm and with his legs," Owens
Eddie George, who rushed for 39 yards on 11 carries, drew the
Cowboys within 14 with a 15-yard TD run 3:45 into the third.
But McNabb found Owens in the right corner of the end zone for a
16-yard score and Testaverde - who has thrown seven
interceptions in his last three games - was picked off by
Sheppard, who outraced Keyshawn Johnson for his second return
for a touchdown this season and a 49-21 advantage.
"We certainly had higher expectations than we showed tonight,"
Testaverde said. "It's disappointing. I don't know any other
words to describe it."
Testaverde was 21-of-30 for 254 yards.
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