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This Bird's Cooked

For 2nd straight week things go south in Big D



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    Donovan McNabb was terrible in the first half managing only four completions on 10 attempts for just 39 yards as he watched most of the half from the sideline as the Birds only managed to hold the ball for about seven minutes.

    The Eagles came out flat and never recovered as they Cowboys used a team-record 27-point second quarter to cut down the Birds 34-14 in a Wild Card showdown in Big D.

    The Boys picked right up where they left off after last weeks 24-0 beat down of the Birds but marching up an down the field while capitalizing on a slew of Philly turnovers.

    Dallas QB Tony Romo threw for 244 yards, two TDs and no picks as he handed the ball off often to his backs as they gained 198 yards. Donovan McNabb didn't have the same luxury of a quality rushing attack (only 56 yards total) as he struggled to 230 yards, one TD and one pick.

    D-Mac was so bad early that he didn't complete a pass until the second quarter. The Birds only first-half score was when wildcat-QB Michael Vick hit Jeremy Reidin for a 76-yard score to tie the game.

    The game was still tied at seven early in the second quarter when Eagles’ safety Sean Jones appeared to pick off a Romo pass deep in Cowboys territory. But, Dallas coach Wade Phillips challenged the play and it was overturned.

    The Boys went on to score a TD and the rest of the game was history as was the Birds' Super Bowl hopes.

    The biggest problem for the Birds was that they only held the ball for about seven minutes in the first half as the offense sputtered and the defense struggled to get off the field. It didn't help that coach Andy Reid got pass happy (like usual) throwing the ball 39 times while running only 13 times.

    The Eagles played sloppy in general as they turned the ball over five times compared to just once for the Boys.

    After the game Erid summed up the loss.

    "They were better all the way around... When you get your tail kicked, it's not a great feeling. No one expected it."

    Despite the final score, the Eagles weren't the only sloppy team on the field. The teams combined for a record 228 penalty yards as the Birds were flagged nine times for 116 yards and the Boys were tagged for 112 yards on 14 penalties.

    Now the questions begin for the Birds. The biggest question -- will McNabb be back?