Wild Card Win: Eagles earn playoff spot

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December 28, 2008 9:19:21 PM PST
In a so-called early playoff game, the Eagles played like there was no tomorrow.Even before Sunday, the Cowboys knew this game needed to be a victory for them to make it to the true playoffs, but the Eagles were not so sure.

Like a Rubix cube, they needed a few things to line up and create their perfect scenario.

While the New York Giants lost to the Minnesota Vikings 20-19, the Eagles still had playoff hopes as the Birds were riding on the wings of the Raiders and the Texans.

In a lucky turn of events, both of their games ended 31-24.

But did it turn out the way the Eagles wanted?

Did you hear the roar in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon?

That pretty much said everything worked out the way Andy Reid's squad wanted.

The Oakland Raiders defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-24 and the Houston Texans defeated the Chicago Bears 31-24.

"I want to thank the Raiders and Texans," Reid said. "They did a heck of a job."

With visions of playoffs dancing in their heads, the Eagles took to the gridiron at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday afternoon and were determined to move on.

David Akers started things off with a 40-yard field goal to put the first three points on the board.

Cowboys' Nick Folk answered back with a field goal of his own, tying the game 3-3.

In the second quarter, Donovan McNabb ran for 1 yard and put the Eagles up 10-3.

McNabb then threw to Correll Buckhalter for a 4-yard touchdown pass, bringing the Eagles up 17-3.

Brent Celek took the ball in for a touchdown and the Eagles ended the half up 24-3.

In the third, Tony Romo's fumble is picked up by Chris Clemons for a Chris Clemons 73-yard touchdown run.

Thanks to Brian Dawnkins, another Cowboys fumble and thanks to Joselio Hanson's 96-yard fumble recovery, the Eagles changed the score of the game to 41-3.

In the fourth quarter, Nick Folk kicked a successful 42-yard field goal to bring the Cowboys to 6.

However, 6 was not enough, as the Eagles won in a 44-6 blowout and made a Wild Card place for themselves in the 2008 NFL playoffs.

"A lot of people counted us out and said it was over," McNabb said. "We continued to stay focused on what the plan was. We knew we had to come out and play a tough team that was hungry, just like we were. Today was a total team effort. Things worked out well and we're playing next week."

Even T.O. himself had to give credit where credit was due.

"They just handed us an old-fashioned butt whipping," Owens said. "I don't have all the answers, but I'd love to be part of the solution."

The Eagles will meet the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Sunday at 4:30 p.m.as the 'Never Say Never' season for the Birds continues.

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The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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