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T.O. delivers; Belichick punches his Hall ticket

Posted: Monday February 7, 2005 1:46AM; Updated: Monday February 7, 2005 3:31AM
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Terrell Owens obviously knew his body better than the media did, catching nine passes for 122 yards.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- I'll say this much for Terrell Owens: He delivered far more than the low-impact cameo role that many in the sports commentariat predicted for him -- me included.

I spent a good amount of time on radio stations around the dial in the past two weeks, pontificating on Owens being able to have only a modest effect on the Eagles' offense in the Super Bowl. What with his surgically repaired right leg, and all. You might have heard something about that.

But a team-high nine catches for 122 yards is more than modest by anyone's standards. Oh, and we also missed on the call that Owens wouldn't be able to accrue many yards after the catch, since he would still be lacking his usual burst. All you had to see was him breaking free for a 30-yard gain in the first quarter, and a 36-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter to realize that he really did know his body better than we did.

What a surprise.

• The truth about Corey Dillon is probably somewhere in between how he was described during his seven seasons in Cincinnati (as a malcontent and me-first character) and his one year in New England (as the consummate team player).

But since history gets written by the winners, he's looking better all the time. With a Super Bowl win under his belt, and a ring on the way, the rehabbing of Dillon's reputation this season is now complete.

"No doubt about it, this is what I came here for,'' Dillon said. "I knew we were going to win a lot of football games this year. I thought I would cry (after the final gun), but I don't know how to act. It really hasn't hit me yet. It's been a long time since I felt like this.''

Rodney Harrison could play on my team any day of the week. The guy's tough, a great team leader, and he's always around the ball. He also usually has great perspective on the game. But he absolutely has to get a grip when it comes to his incessant "no-respect'' theme.

Harrison actually said this after the game: "Everyone had pretty much blown us off. Didn't give us a chance. Everyone picked Philly to win this game.''

They did? Who? Where? When?

• You know it's a big day when Bill Belichick breaks out a new sweatshirt for the festivities. I'm guessing the one he had on Sunday is now officially his lucky gamer.

• So let me get this straight. Belichick, the master of details and preparation, goes to the wrong bench before the opening kickoff? Looks like Thurman Thomas is off the hook for misplacing his helmet at the start of Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis.

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