Final

Cowboys 24

(2-2, 1-2 away)

Eagles 38

(4-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, October 8, 2006

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 7 14 0 324
PHI 10 7 7 1438

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 354 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Jones (DAL) - 26 CAR, 100 YDS

Receiving: H. Baskett (PHI) - 3 REC, 112 YDS, 1 TD

T.O. left frustrated as McNabb leads Philly past Dallas

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With Terrell Owens watching from the sideline, Donovan McNabb turned ordinary receivers into big-time playmakers.

Len Pasquarelli's takes ...
• This was supposed to be Terrell Owens' time to shine. Instead, he was almost an afterthought in the Cowboys' loss, Len Pasquarelli writes.

• The Eagles blitzed their way to seven sacks and a huge NFC East win over the Cowboys, Len Pasquarelli writes.

McNabb threw touchdown passes of 40 yards to Reggie Brown and 87 yards to Hank Baskett, and Lito Sheppard returned an interception 102 yards in the final minute to seal the Eagles' 38-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

As for T.O., the most overhyped homecoming in recent memory was totally ordinary: three catches, 45 yards, 0 on-field drama. In fact, a frustrated Owens might be closer to having one of his infamous sideline blow-ups than another provocative touchdown celebration.

Owens clearly was unhappy after quarterback Drew Bledsoe misfired on a few passes to the star receiver. At one point, Owens was screaming as he walked off the field and took a seat alone on the bench.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
This was a great game that lived up to expectations with five lead changes.

Donovan McNabb (right) showed why he is the top passer in the NFL, throwing to seven receivers while leading the Eagles to victory. McNabb went after Cowboys rookie safety Pat Watkins, who was beat twice on double moves for touchdowns of 87 and 40 yards.

The Eagles' offense could not run the ball against the Cowboys and struggled to convert on third down. If it was not for the explosive plays, this game might have ended differently.

The Cowboys' offensive line did a nice job opening running lanes for Julius Jones. He had his second 100-yard game in two weeks. But the pass protection was bad and Drew Bledsoe struggled all game. The Eagles had seven sacks and made Bledsoe make poor throws into coverage.

As he ran into the locker room, an animated T.O. was yelling and asking why the Cowboys bothered signing him in the offseason, according to a stadium employee who witnessed the tirade but didn't want to be identified because he is not authorized to talk about team matters.

A short time later, Owens could be seen talking to team owner Jerry Jones, who appeared to be encouraging the player he personally brought to Dallas.

"I'm not going to sit up here and point a finger, so you guys can create a story," Owens said later during the press conference, refusing to blame Bledsoe for the loss. "It's not about that."

Owens' return to Philadelphia dominated the headlines this week, with Philly fans planning a hostile welcome. But Owens was merely a decoy for most of the game, and those fans were too dazzled by McNabb to fixate much on the erstwhile Eagles receiver who helped them reach the Super Bowl in 2004 before last year's bitter departure.

"It's frustrating," Owens said. "Opportunities were there and we didn't make them. I'm a competitor. I do not like to lose. Maybe I need to work harder."

Not only did Owens not score, he didn't catch a pass until the third quarter -- then dropped the next one thrown to him, much to the delight of a frenzied crowd that showered Owens with derisive chants, insults and boos.

"I was surprised Terrell didn't have more catches. That was not our plan," Jones said after chatting with Owens in the locker room.

Not-so-happy returns
Terrell Owens was a non-factor in his return to Philadelphia on Sunday, finishing with three catches for 45 yards in the Cowboys' 38-24 loss to the Eagles. A look at how others have fared in their first games in Philadelphia since leaving one of the city's teams:

Eric Lindros, Jan. 12, 2002
Playing for the New York Rangers, Lindros had three shots but was held without a point in his team's 4-2 loss. Lindros played eight seasons with the Flyers.

Scott Rolen, Aug. 16, 2002
After 6½ seasons with the Phillies, Rolen returned to Veterans Stadium as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He went 2-for-4, getting half of the Cardinals' hits in their 4-0 loss.

Larry Brown, Nov. 26, 2003
Brown left the 76ers after six seasons as coach, heading to the Detroit Pistons. In his first game in Philadelphia as Detroit's coach, the Pistons lost 90-86.

The Eagles (4-1) took the lead for good when McNabb connected with Brown on a flea-flicker pass with 9:13 left that made it 31-24. Brown, a second-year pro who replaced a suspended Owens in the starting lineup last year, beat rookie safety Patrick Watkins and caught the ball deep in the end zone.

The Cowboys (2-2) drove to the Eagles 33 on the ensuing drive. But Sheppard intercepted Bledsoe's badly underthrown pass -- intended for an open Owens.

Owens angrily snapped at his chin strap, walked off the field and took his usual spot at the end of the bench.

The Cowboys had one more chance after a pass interference penalty on Michael Lewis allowed them to convert a fourth-and-18 from their 37. But from the Eagles 6, Sheppard stepped in front of Bledsoe's pass and raced the other way to put the game away. Bledsoe threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times.

For a while, the Cowboys were doing just fine without getting Owens involved. DeMarcus Ware scored on a 69-yard fumble return and Bledsoe ran in from the 7 to give Dallas a 21-17 halftime lead.

But Philadelphia's struggling offense turned it around with one big play.

McNabb took a deep drop, eluded a sack, stepped up and heaved a pass downfield. Baskett ran past Watkins, caught the ball in stride, broke a tackle near the 30 and streaked into the end zone for his first career touchdown.

Baskett, acquired in a trade after he was signed by Minnesota as a rookie free agent, was starting for the injured Donte' Stallworth. He finished with three catches for 112 yards.

Dallas tied it at 24 on a 39-yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt early in the fourth quarter. Then McNabb took over.

"This is a total team game," said McNabb, who was 18-of-33 for 354 yards and two TDs. "It's not T.O. vs. Donovan. All of us play together."

Owens was a non-factor in the first half as the Cowboys relied on their running game. Bledsoe finally looked Owens' way on the Cowboys' 17th offensive play, but he was hit on the throw and Brian Dawkins intercepted.

Owens' first catch -- on Dallas' 41st play -- was a short pass that he turned into a 9-yard gain. He then looked toward the Eagles' sideline and spun the ball on the ground in their direction while gesturing.

Perhaps distracted by the Owens' hoopla, both teams were sloppy at the start.

Eagles running back Brian Westbrook, who didn't practice all week because of a knee injury, looked fine on a 24-yard screen pass on the first play from scrimmage. But he fumbled on the next play, giving Dallas the ball at its 38.

Cowboys punter Mat McBriar later fumbled a snap and Shawn Barber recovered at the 12. Westbrook ran in from the 5.

Darwin Walker sacked Bledsoe on Dallas' first play on the ensuing possession, forcing a fumble Trent Cole recovered at the Cowboys 14. But the Eagles settled for David Akers' 27-yard field goal that made it 10-0.

Marion Barber's 2-yard TD run made it 10-7.

In the second quarter, Greg Ellis hit McNabb and the ball popped. Ware caught it and, with no one in front of him, raced 69 yards for a touchdown.

The Eagles answered quickly, taking a 17-14 lead on McNabb's sneak from the 1. McNabb connected with L.J. Smith on a 60-yard pass to set up the score.

Bledsoe, not known for his scrambling, scored on a 7-yard run to give the Cowboys a 21-17 lead.

"We came out in the second half, showed a lot of character," linebacker Jeremiah Trotter said. "I think we really took a great step forward."

Game notes


Stallworth (hamstring) and CB Rod Hood (heel) missed their second straight game for the Eagles. ... The Eagles snapped a seven-game losing streak against NFC East opponents, including a 30-24 overtime loss in Week 2 to the Giants after they wasted a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
PHI
1st Downs2316
Passing 1st downs
1112
Rushing 1st downs
113
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
7-182-12
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays8454
Total Yards320383
Yards per play3.87.1
Total Drives1617
Passing174331
Comp-Att
18-3818-33
Yards per pass
3.99.2
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
7-493-23
Rushing14652
Rushing Attempts
3918
Yards per rush
3.72.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-32-3
Penalties7-493-67
Turnovers52
Fumbles lost
22
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession36:5923:01

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bledsoe18/382235.9037-49
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb18/3335410.7203-23

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones261003.8011
Bledsoe5244.8111
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook11333.018
Buckhalter4164.0011

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Glenn56112.2019
Witten45112.8017
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Baskett311237.3187
Brown47919.8140

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDALPHI
phiTD11:43Brian Westbrook, 5 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 12 yds, 0:36
07
phiFG10:02David Akers 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:10
010
dalTD4:15Marion Barber, 2 yd run (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 57 yds, 5:48
710
SECOND QUARTERDALPHI
dalTD10:45DeMarcus Ware, 15 yd fumble return (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 28 yds, 2:49
1417
phiTD9:17Donovan McNabb, 1 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 61 yds, 1:17
1417
dalTD3:33Drew Bledsoe, 7 yd run (Mike Vanderjagt kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yds, 5:50
2117
THIRD QUARTERDALPHI
phiTD7:40Hank Baskett, 87 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 87 yds, 0:00
2124
FOURTH QUARTERDALPHI
dalFG11:18Mike Vanderjagt 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 3:53
2424
phiTD9:21Reggie Brown, 40 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 76 yds, 2:01
2431
phiTD0:31Lito Sheppard, 102 yd interception return (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yds, 4:10
2438