IRVING, Texas -- Terrell Owens got the fun started with a
59-yard touchdown he considered so easy that he celebrated by
pretending to ice skate in the end zone. Then he followed a
27-yarder with his favorite Texas Stadium pose, spreading out his
arms while standing on the Dallas Cowboys' logo.
When he scored again, Owens just dunked the ball over the
crossbar. Might as well save the good stuff for a tight game,
because by then the Philadelphia Eagles were well on their way to a
49-21 victory Monday night.
Donovan McNabb made sure the Eagles (8-1) bounced back from
their only loss this season, throwing four touchdown passes and
setting up another with an incredible, scrambling 60-yard
completion. Lito Sheppard capped a record-setting night for both
teams with a 101-yard interception return for another score in the
"The guys took pride in themselves to come out here and rebound
from the loss last week," said Owens, who had 134 yards on six
catches. "We came in with a passion, the pride and the character
of the guys on this team, and it showed today."
The Eagles quickly showed why they should still be considered
the midseason favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl by
scoring 35 points in the first half -- more than they'd scored in
any game this season. They wound up with their most points in a
regular-season game since beating the St. Louis Cardinals 52-10 in
"It takes a couple plays for us to get a little momentum,"
said McNabb, who was 15-of-28 for 345 yards with no interceptions.
"Once things get going, we feel confident that every play that we
call is going to be effective and possibly get in the end zone."
The most amazing play didn't reach the end zone, but that's a
Facing third-and-10 from the Philadelphia 25, McNabb spun away
from one would-be tackler and sprinted to his right, only to find
another defender waiting. So he went back to his left, chased by
two more players, and finally heaved the ball, letting loose a
60-yard pass to Freddie Mitchell. Replays showed McNabb held the
ball for 14 seconds before the pass.
"It felt like a video game out there," he said.
Brian Westbrook followed with a 1-yard TD run, giving
Philadelphia touchdowns the last five times it had the ball before
halftime, a streak that continued on its first drive of the third
There was the minor interruption of a punt, but the Cowboys
(3-6) fumbled the return, adding to the humiliation of their fifth
loss in six games -- and their eighth in nine tries against the
This one was eminently forgettable for Dallas fans as the team
gave up its most points ever at home and its most anywhere since a
50-24 loss at Cincinnati in December 1985. The Cowboys allowed four
touchdowns in one quarter (the second) for the first time in
franchise history and the 35 points Philadelphia scored in the
first half tied another dubious record.
After calling his team "stupid" following a 26-3 loss to
Cincinnati last week, Dallas coach Bill Parcells tried holding his
"We just got to get better," he said. "I'm not going to get
into the state of the union right now."
The Eagles loved every minute of it, especially Owens.
He was in such a good mood after his first touchdown that he and
McNabb playfully argued on the sideline, mocking their sideline
confrontation from last week. He celebrated his second touchdown on the Cowboys' star
in the end zone, mocking his midfield moment four years ago that
marked his entry into the realm of post-touchdown performers.
Owens finished with his second three-TD game of the season and
upped his NFL-best total of scoring catches to 12.
"It's never easy," he said. "I just make it look easy."
Parcells grimaced through it all, knowing there was little he
could do about yet another lopsided loss. The Cowboys' season is a
bust, with the only curiosity left being when he'll turn the
offense over to rookie quarterback Drew Henson.
Vinny Testaverde, playing two days after turning 41, was decent
enough to keep the future leader on the sideline. He was 21-of-30
for 254 yards with two touchdowns to Jason Witten. Eddie George
added a 15-yard touchdown run.
Testaverde's only interception came in the end zone with about
five minutes left. Sheppard took it all the way, breaking past the
defense around the 30. Keyshawn Johnson grabbed his collar at the
goal line and just held on, knowing he was too late.
Philadelphia's biggest struggle was on third down, a problem
that's bothered the Eagles for weeks. The skid ended on McNabb's
60-yarder to Mitchell.
About the only thing Philadelphia did wrong was call a timeout
in the closing seconds of the first half, when the Cowboys had
taken a knee and were walking to the locker room. Parcells stalked
back to midfield, then stared across the field.
It was the same blank look he wore most of the night.
Dallas' last three losses have been by 21, 23 and 28
points. ... Testaverde passed Dan Fouts for sixth on the career
passing list. ... An official left his microphone on in the third
quarter and was heard saying, "You can tell they're frustrated.
Starting to complain a lot."
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