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EAGLES THAT DIDN'T NEED WINGS
Steve Wulf
January 19, 1981
When they'd finished their pre-game psych job and it came time to put up or shut up, the Philadelphia Eagles took to the ground and ran the Cowboys back to Dallas
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January 19, 1981

Eagles That Didn't Need Wings

When they'd finished their pre-game psych job and it came time to put up or shut up, the Philadelphia Eagles took to the ground and ran the Cowboys back to Dallas

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After Harris' touchdown, the Cowboys never got closer than the Eagles' 39, and as time wound down, Franklin kicked a 20-yard field goal for the 20-7 final score. The only suspense left in the game after that was whether Montgomery—the first runner to exceed 100 yards against Dallas in the Cowboys' 26 playoff games—would break Van Buren's record, but he never got the ball again.

And so, for the second time in less than three months the Philadelphia police broke out their horses and dogs to protect the field, but the nags were less successful in controlling the animals than they were for the World Series. This time thousands of fans ran wild on the Vet's AstroTurf. Now the big question is: How will the horses work indoors if the Flyers and the 76ers continue this championship kick Philadelphia teams are on?

"We're not America's team, we're the Pope's team," said Jaworski, who carries a special papal medal with him. The Eagles are also Vermeil's team, and when an assistant coach told Jaworski, "Practice tomorrow, full pads," Jaworski didn't know if the coach was kidding or not.

"We should have beaten them worse than we did," Vermeil said. "We felt they didn't have a lot of respect for us in this kind of a game. They felt maybe they were going to whip us because we're the Eagles and they're the Cowboys."

"The Cowboys like to think they are superhuman," said Eagle Linebacker John Bunting. "They mouthed off all year. Well, take a look at the stats today. Take a look at the scoreboard. Case closed."

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