The only good thing about getting romped by the Cowboys in Week Seventeen was the fact that the Eagles would get an immediate shot at redemption less than a week later. Six days after getting beat down by Dallas, the Eagles traveled back to Jerry’s house looking to advance in the playoffs.
In Donovan McNabb’s final game in an Eagles uniform, he would make a “rocking” entrance but end with a not so rocking performance. The first quarter started out slow for both teams as possessions would be traded and no scoring would take place. However, things would start to pick up in the second quarter.
With less than a minute off the clock in the second quarter, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo found tight end John Phillips for a one yard touchdown to take the first lead of the game. On their next possession, and less than a minute after the Cowboys got on the board, Michael Vick hit Jeremy Maclin on a crossing pattern that Maclin took 76 yards for the Eagles first score.
After the Eagles big play, the Cowboys really turned it on an started the domination they started the week before. Before halftime rolled around, the Cowboys put up 20 consecutive points to take a 27-7 lead to halftime.
The Cowboys continued their domination in the third quarter and got on the board again when Felix Jones sprung a 73 yard run to pay dirt. This was the only score of the third quarter and you could tell the Eagles were completely deflated. DeSean Jackson was able to add one more score for the Birds but the deficit was too large to overcome. The season would end in Dallas with a very disappointing 34-14 loss.
Although there were some assumptions, we didn’t know at this point that we had seen the final games in Eagles uniforms for Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. It seemed to be more than just the end of the season in Philadelphia.
So here we are now, the offseason before a “new” breed of Eagles take the field in 2010. Let’s hope for the best.