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Packers coming to town

Cowboys 14, Eagles 13

Packers coming to town

DeMarcus Ware returned a Kevin Kolb fumble in the second quarter for Dallas´ first touchdown. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
DeMarcus Ware returned a Kevin Kolb fumble in the second quarter for Dallas' first touchdown. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Eagles coach Andy Reid, unwilling to risk an injury to a starting player in his team's meaningless finale against Dallas, played pretty much nobody. The final score was Cowboys 14, Eagles 13. Only fans of tedium were entertained.

But enough about the game.

The big news happened in other cities and another time zone -- the Giants beat the Redskins in their final game and the Packers beat the Bears in their's. As a result, the Eagles will host the Packers in the wildcard round of the playoffs next Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

There is nothing to be made of Sunday afternoon's season finale. Kevin Kolb didn't look very good at quarterback but the line in front of him looked even worse. As for the other side of the ball, the Eagles' defense actually looked pretty decent; of course, they were defending against the legendary Stephen McGee.

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Not much to say here, really. Reid played this one just about as cautiously as is humanly possible. He has a long record of treating meaningless games in just this way -- but, then again, the teams he rested years ago were veteran groups, playoff-tested and much more predictable than this young group that played badly for 7 1/2 of the 8 quarters that preceded the Dallas game.

Now, after this annoying interlude, all eyes return to Michael Vick -- the single most critical Eagles player in the Andy Reid era.

 

 

 

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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