And the scene lived up to the hype. Eagles fans arrived at Lincoln Financial Field at 6 am. They burned his jersey and displayed homemade signs. "Got Pills," read one sign.
"Remember Irvin? You're Next T.O.," read another.
Considering the history -- Owens helped Philadelphia reach the Super Bowl in his first year with the Eagles in 2004, but was unceremoniously dumped seven games into last season following a series of infractions with quarterback Donovan McNabb and Eagles management -- the game was important to Owens and the Eagles.
In the end, it was a party in Philadelphia and a nightmare for Owens and the Cowboys in a 38-24 setback.
Owens had little impact, catching three passes for 45 yards.
McNabb was great, with 354 yards passing and three touchdowns -- two passing and two running.
The Eagles did a good job taking Owens out of the game with double coverage.
Their plan was to prevent the big play and make quarterback Drew Bledsoe beat them.
Bledsoe couldn't handle the constant pressure. He was sacked seven times, lost a fumble and tossed three interceptions, including a 102 yard touchdown return from Lito Sheppard.
"Any quarterback is affected by pressure," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said afterwards.
After spending a week talking about Owens, there will now be questions about Bledsoe's ability to lead the Cowboys. The team has playoff hopes. He has now tossed three interceptions in a game twice this year.
The Cowboys (2-2) are in a second place tie with the Giants behind the NFC East leading Eagles (4-1).
They return home to play against Houston and the Giants before three road games at Carolina, Washington and Arizona.
"If we don't want to spot Philadelphia too many games, we're going to have to do something here," Parcells said.
Owens a Non-Factor in Loss
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