Terrell Owens has plenty of time to rest for the playoffs. Dorsey Levens' 2-yard touchdown run with 1:57 left helped the Philadelphia Eagles overcome an ankle injury to their star...
PHILADELPHIA Terrell Owens has plenty of time to rest for the playoffs.
Dorsey Levens’ 2-yard touchdown run with 1:57 left helped the Philadelphia Eagles overcome an ankle injury to their star wide receiver and clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 12-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday.
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Owens didn’t return after spraining his right ankle early in the third quarter. X-rays on the ankle were negative, but he was to have an MRI today. Philadelphia plays its first playoff game on Jan. 15 or 16, giving Owens almost a month to heal.
“The positive is it wasn’t broken, but the negative is it did swell up,” said Eagles coach Andy Reid, who expects Owens to miss at least one game. “We’ll see how the MRI goes.”
The Eagles (13-1) set a franchise record for regular-season victories. They have finished first in the conference three straight years, but they couldn’t take advantage of playing at home in the last two NFC Championship Games, losing to Tampa Bay and Carolina. The Eagles also lost in the NFC title game in 2002, in St. Louis.
“We love playing here,” Reid said. “I think it’s tough on any opponent coming into Lincoln Financial Field and dealing with the fans. We’re excited.”
Donovan McNabb threw for 223 yards and one touchdown but had two passes intercepted. Brian Westbrook caught eight passes for 78 yards.
Dallas’ Vinny Testaverde also had two throws intercepted, including a pick by Lito Sheppard on the Cowboys’ final drive.
“It’s extra disappointing when you give quite a bit and you know you have nothing to show for it,” Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said.
After Dallas’ Billy Cundiff missed a 46-yard field goal with 6:03 left, the Eagles got the ball at their 36. McNabb completed a 13-yard pass to L.J. Smith and ran for 12 and 19 yards.
On third-and-nine from the Cowboys’ 19, McNabb threw 11 yards to Westbrook. Levens ran 6 yards on the next play, setting up his go-ahead score.
“I just took it upon myself to pick up yards when I can,” McNabb said. “A lot of guys came up to me during that drive and said, ‘Do what you do.’ “
Owens, meanwhile, might not get to do what he does he has 77 catches for 1,200 yards for the final two regular-season games. If not, he’ll finish with 14 TD catches, one short of winning his bet with Reid that would have required the beefy coach to wear black spandex tights.
“We have other players besides T.O.,” Westbrook said. “He’s an important part of our team, and he is a playmaker, but we have other guys who can make plays, and I expect those guys to step up.”