He buried his younger brother Donald, who died last week of brain cancer. But it was also one that ended in wild celebration.
After attending a funeral in Short Hills, N.J., Parcells made the 90-mile
drive back to Philadelphia where the Cowboys staged a comeback victory as
memorable as any in team history.
Down 20-7 in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys rallied to a 21-20 victory
thanks to a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Bledsoe to Terry Glenn and a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Roy Williams in the final three minutes of the game.
With the victory, the Cowboys (6-3) have moved into sole possesion of first-place in the NFC East.
"There was a lot of emotion here for me," said a teary-eyed Parcells. "I
don't mean to dwell on any of that, but I'll tell you what I told the
players. I got a message there today that said, 'Don't have a troubled
heart.' And I don't. I've got those guys there in the locker room."
Williams, known more for his hitting than pass defending, said he
couldn't believe Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb threw the ball.
"It came right to me," Williams said. "I said, 'Don't drop it! Don't drop
Williams and the team gave the game ball to Parcells.
"This win really uplifted our spirits and Bill's," Williams said. "We're
happy to get this win for Bill and his family and just for our team and
Bledsoe, who nearly threw the game away with a second-quarter
interception, redeemed himself with the fourth-quarter touchdown. He said
the game was huge for the Cowboys' NFC East title chances. But it was best
for what it meant for Parcells.
"No doubt this was a tremendous win," Bledsoe said. "It was great for us
and great for Parcells. It was a difficult time for him personally. To pull
out a win in that fashion was pretty important."
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