Still, in Moss, Dawkins had plenty of motivation to play through any lingering exhaustion. In the Week 2 game between the two clubs, Moss wore an NFL Films microphone, and when the tape appeared on TV later in the season, the receiver was heard begging for a deep pass because " Brian Dawkins can't jump with me." After helping to shut down Moss, who was slowed by a sprained right ankle on Sunday, Dawkins was especially satisfied. "I didn't say anything to him," Dawkins said. "But I hadn't forgotten."
Dawkins wasn't always locked onto Moss. With the Eagles ahead 21--7 and the Vikings with third-and-10 at the Philly 19, he blitzed around right end and sacked Culpepper for a 12-yard loss, knocking Minnesota out of field goal range. Culpepper's fourth-down heave to Moss fell incomplete in the end zone.
Greeting Connie after the game with a soft kiss in the nearly deserted players' tunnel, Dawkins responded to a question about the mind-set of Eagles fans heading into the NFC title game. He thought for a moment, then said, "They can be paranoid if that works, but we'll be relaxing and enjoying this. Because if we stay loose, we stay lethal." -- Josh Elliott