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The man who was on the hot seat for much of the season has likely guaranteed he will be back in 2012 after beating the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys handily in consecutive weeks. Both wins for the Eagles could keep those teams from reaching the postseason this year.
Reid has never had a shutout with the Eagles, but he came within seven seconds of doing so in Saturday’s win. The Eagles took a commanding 14-0 halftime lead and didn’t let up, winning 20-7 over a Cowboys team that has been inconsistent all season.
Reid called 37 passes to 23 runs, a typically pass-oriented approach that Eagles fans have grown to expect from Reid. It wasn’t too outrageous though, considering Vick was quietly having a spectacular day throwing the football.
The only real question was Reid’s decision to call a timeout with the Eagles facing a 4th-and-1 deep in their own territory with less than a minute to go. What the timeout essentially did was give the Cowboys time after the blocked punt to run a few plays and score a touchdown, negating what could have been a shutout.
If this had been a 20-14 game, and that play led to a 21-20 Cowboys win, it would probably be viewed as the dumbest Reid in-game decision of his career. Fortunately, it didn’t really matter in the win column.