"They're a better team than they were last year," Offensive Tackle Stan Walters said. "They don't have Roger. But they have Charlie Waters back and Too Tall Jones, and their great rush is working again.
"We got over a big hurdle last year when we beat them down there. Until then we didn't really know if we could. I remember Coach Vermeil said exactly the right thing to get us up for it. The day before the game, he said, 'You know how far you are from beating Dallas? Just 24 hours.' And then, in the locker room, before he sent us out, he said, 'Now you're just 60 minutes away.' He handled it just right.
"This time it was a little different. Everybody in the city was talking about the World Series. The game didn't really generate that much excitement—except with us, of course."
In the end, the Eagles proved themselves sound, even if a little thin. The loss of Montgomery took away their running—they gained but 68 yards on the ground—and there were times when White, who was overwhelming second-year Guard Petey Perot, looked like a one-man wrecking crew in the Philadelphia backfield. But the Eagles have a very solid defense, and they held the Cowboys' offense, fourth-ranked in the NFL, to 125 yards below their season's average. And as the game wore on, the defense picked up intensity. In Carl Hairston, Charlie Johnson and 6'8" Dennis Harrison, they probably have the finest front three in pro football.
"As silly as this may sound," Linebacker Frank LeMaster said, "I think the World Series took some of the pressure off us. Usually everyone's so hyped up around here during Dallas week that they can't see straight. Then you go out and you make mistakes, and before you know it, you're down by a touchdown or two."
Well, the Series was winding down, and for the next nine games the Eagles would be on their own. At least no one would be towing their cars away.