In Dallas, the temperture outside was 13 degrees, but the Cowboys felt warm and cozy in the "Dallas Palace" while the Birds felt like a bunch of homeless men in the middle of winter. The Cowboys rode on their last win into the NFL playoffs, defeating the Birds 34-14 in a wild-card game in their house.
It was the Cowboys' first postseason victory since the 1996 season. It is a shame it had to include the Eagles. It was also the first ever for coach Wade "I Have No Idea What Is Going On" Phillips and quarterback Tony "Most Hated Man in Philadelphia" Romo. Now that is really a shame. The Cowboys had lost six straight postseason games and would have set an NFL record with another one. Just like the Eagles playoff hopes, that dissapeared Saturday. This is what Jerry Jones had to say after the game: "The demons are gone! "Don't worry. We'll be back next year.
After a first quarter goose egg for both squads, Romo got things rolling with five straight scoring drives in the second quarter. The game was a blowout in the first half. The Cowboys headed to the locker room with a 27-7 lead. The Cowboys had 21 first downs in the first half, compared to five by the Eagles. Romo had a pair of short touchdown passes, Tashard Choice scored on a 1-yard run and Shaun Suisham made field goals of 25 and 48 yards. The Eagles' only big play in the half was a touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin, a catch and carry that made it down 76 yards to the endzone. And the second half... The rest was history, as they say.
Overall, Romo was 23 of 35 for 244 yards and two touchdowns while running back Felix Jones had 148 yards rushing, including a touchdown carry. The Eagles lost three fumbles and Donovan McNabb threw two interceptions. McNabb threw for 230 yards and had a quarterback rating of only 57.3 as the Eagles rushed for only 56 yards. The Eagles had never lost a playoff opener under coach Andy Reid, whose teams were 7-0 in those. Here's another fact. The Eagles came into this postseason having won six of seven, the only loss being a 24-0 defeat at Dallas in the finale.
It was a very lopsided game. The Eagles got manhandled Saturday. The Eagles were upstaged in every way by a team that in the last few weeks has played suprisingly tough defense. I'm not going to lie, the Cowboys played good. I just wished we could have made the game exciting. We didn't have to go down like that. I have some friends that are Dallas fans. I guess I'll have to feel their wrath on Monday, but for now, goodbye and enjoy the rest of the playoffs.