In a season filled with highs and amazing lows, everything fell right on the final Sunday of the NFL regular season and the Eagles are heading to the NFL playoffs for the seventh time in the last 9 years after clobbering the Dallas Cowboys, 44-6. It was the most lopsided game in the storied Dallas-Eagles rivalry.
"We're not done, though" coach Andy Reid said. "We’ve gotten to the doorstep and now we have to climb up the steps and get in."
"You couldn't have drawn it up any better than it happend today. It came right down to Dec. 28. That was awesome. To see Lincoln Financial Field electric like that. That is what the thing is all about."
Added quarterback Donovan McNabb: "A lot of people counted us out and said it was over. We continued all week to stay focused on what the plan was. We knew we had to come out here and play a tough team that was hungry, just like we were. We wanted to come out and defend what happened last week and show it wasn’t us. Today was a total team effort. Things worked out well and we are playing next week.”
The Eagles are 3-0 in the wild-card round under Reid and now head to Minnesota to face the NFC North champion Vikings, who got into the postseason on a 49-yard Ryan Longwell field goal at the buzzer to beat the Giants, 20-19.
Reid said he was not prepared yet to start thinking about the Vikings, led by former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress.
"We'll get on to that tomorrow," Reid said. "Right now I'm going to enjoy this one. I'm happy for Brad that he had a chance to get in and experience it."
Said McNabb: “It’s an exciting time for us right now, but we can’t sit and dwell on this for a long time. We know we have a tough team ahead of us, a tough task. They have been playing well. [Vikings QB] Tarvaris [Jackson] has really been leading that team to some good victories. We know about their run game and their defense. It’s going to be a challenge for us, but we’re really ready for it and we look forward to getting going.”
Reid said he "did not watch a snap" of the Tampa Bay game. The Bucs' loss helped open the door for the Eagles to make the postseason.
"I let other people tell me and I figured the fans would let us know," said Reid, who added that he could tell the result from hearing the crowd roar before he walked on the field.
Asked what he told his players before the game, Reid said: "Keep the faith, man. You've got to trust and play your hearts out. They did both of those."
Reid was asked if there was a chance the playoffs could be letdown following the final push to get there. He responded with a flat no.
"I don't think you're going to have to push them much," he said. "These guys have fought like crazy to get in this position. One step at a time, one game at a time."