Playoff breakdown: Eagles-'Boys
While Reid signed a contract extension during the season, Phillips could be coaching for his future Saturday. Following the Cowboys' 24-0, season-ending win over the Eagles, Cowboys owner
The Eagles rewarded the 24-year-old Celek to a long-term contract this year, and he has established himself as a key part in a varied, talented offense. Like Witten, Celek led his team in catches, with 76, and provided McNabb both a safety valve deep in a progression and a primary target down the middle of the field. While Celek has battled drops at times -- he played through a hand injury this season -- he clearly has become a player McNabb leans on when the pocket breaks down. McNabb looked for him nine times in Week 17, and Celek responded with seven catches for 96 yards. Similar numbers Saturday are all but a given.
The Eagles failed to put consistent pressure on Romo, who was only sacked twice (compared to McNabb's four times). Even when the Eagles got arms and hands in his face, Romo stood tall in the pocket, hit his hot reads and moved the Dallas offense down the field. All phases of the Cowboys' attack (both
"I think Tony Romo does a great job of reading defenses. He sees what he sees and he makes quick adjustments. He likes to bring the play clock down so you don't really have time to adjust out of what he's giving you. And he gets the ball out really fast. He's a gunslinger. I'd say he's right behind the Saints [
It's hard to imagine the Eagles playing a worse game than they did in Week 17, but it's even harder to see them returning to Dallas in such a quick turnaround and winning this game. Styles make fights, and the Cowboys match up well in most areas against the Eagles, especially offensively, where Romo has limited his turnovers and played steady against a heavy rush. Just as the Steelers defeated the Ravens three times last season, the Cowboys will pull off the sweep this season.