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After two monster seasons in Philadelphia, the first known for his play on the field and the second for his talk off it, Terrell Owens was back in Philly. This time for the rival Dallas Cowboys. Owens was suspended during the 2005 season for comments detrimental to the team and released after the season. Dallas signed him during free agency and the teams would meet up in Week 5 during the 2006 season.
Both teams were coming in as the contenders to win the NFC East. Dallas was 2-1 and Philadelphia was 3-1. This game would be pivotal in deciding the NFC East despite it being only the fifth week of the season. Everyone in the national media had this game pegged to be all about Terrell Owens but it turned out to be more about the Eagles pass defense as they held the Cowboys to just 233 passing yards and three interceptions.
Owens would haul in just three passes for 45 yards and had just as many drops as he did receptions. It would be a a tight one in the first half as the Cowboys contained Brian Westbrook and DeMarcus Ware returned a Donovan McNabb fumble 69 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. After a seven-yard Drew Bledsoe score, Dallas was able to go into halftime with a 21-17 lead.
Andy Reid and his staff proved once again that they know how to make adjustments and correct mistakes at halftime and the Eagles came storming back.
Midway through the second quarter while the Eagles were down at their own 13-yard line, Donovan McNabb threw a laser down the field to Hank Baskett and he took it the rest of the way for an 87-yard touchdown. The Eagles took the lead 24-21.
After a Mike Vanderjagt field goal tied it up early in the fourth quarter, McNabb drove the Eagles down the field again and hooked up with wide receiver Reggie Brown on a 40-yard touchdown strike to make it 31-24 Eagles.
Dallas looked to tied it up late as they were driving deep in Eagles territory when Lito Sheppard picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass and returned it 102 yards for the game-clinching score.
It was a back-and-forth game all night, but it was the defense—not Terrell Owens—that stole the show. Eagles defensive coordinator made some key adjustments at halftime and held the Cowboys to just three second-half points.
For one night at least, Terrell Owens was humbled along with the rest of the high-profile Dallas Cowboys. This night was all about Jim Johnson and his stout defense.