No Show For TO: Cowboys Defeated In Owens Return To Philly
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens, right, pushes Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Lito Sheppard after failing to make a catch in the fourth quarter of their football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
For Terrell Owens return to Philadelphia, players, coaches and the security staff were not really sure what to expect.
T.O. joked earlier in the week the crowd was capable of throwing "cheesesteaks, batteries Huggies, anything" at him.
However, Philly fans never really got the chance because T.O. never got to gloat.
In the first quarter the Eagles would strike first. Brian Westbrook would take it in for a two yard touchdown and the Eagles went up 7-0.
Still in the first, Eagles would tack on a field goal, but the Cowboys Marion Barber would find the endzone to get the Cowboys on the board. It was 10-7, Eagles.
In the second quarter things began to look up for Dallas. Donovan McNabb was sacked by Greg Ellis, the ball popped loose and was recovered by DeMarcus Ware. Ware took it to the house, 69 yards for the touchdown and the Cowboys went up 14-10.
Late in the second, Eagles would get another touchdown but Dallas responded. Drew Bledsoe scrambled right for a seven yard touchdown, 21-17 Dallas.
Terrell Owens had no catches in the entire first half, his first catch in the third quarter was for nine yards.
Still in the third, Eagles ball, Donovan McNabb passed deep to Hank Baskett for an 87 yard touchdown. Philly regained the lead 24-21.
Cowboys would tie the game on a 39 yard Mike Vanderjagt field goal. But the Eagles pulled away again. McNabb launched a 40 yard touchdown pass to Reggie Brown, and the Eagles were up 31-24 with time running out in the game.
Thirty-one seconds left to play, Drew Bledsoe's pass was intercepted by Lito Sheppart and returned for a touchdown.
It was Philadelphia with the last laugh at least for their first meeting against Terrell Owens and the Cowboys, they win it 38-24.
"I told the guys before the game, this wasn't about me, this was about us," Owens said. "We needed to play together and we play together and we lose together."
"When you lose in this league, it always hurts and it hurts bad," Bledsoe said. "Particularly thinking we could come in here and steal one from the Eagles in their place. That would have been a huge win for us but we didn't get it done."
"This game was one of those even flow games," Cowboys Head Coach Bill Parcells said, "and they made less mistakes than we did and they played a little bit better than we did on defense. So, that's the way it is."
When asked about the reaction from the Philadelphia fans, Terrell Owens responded, "Honestly, I felt at home. Regardless of all the boos and the chants. Actually I thought it would be worse. I really did."
Cowboys Headlines from the game:
Cowboys had 24 points but the offense struggled. Drew Bledsoe was 18-38 for 223 yards and three interceptions. Terrell Owens had just three receptions for 45 yards.
On the flip side, the Eagles Donovan McNabb was 18-33, for 354 yards and two touchdowns.
Cowboys fans looking for revenge, the 'boys will have that chance when the Eagles come to Texas Stadium. That game is on Christmas Day with a 4 p.m. start.