Reid knew the scores

December, 30, 2008
12/30/08
6:42
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

You have to love the fact that Andy Reid keeps telling everyone he wasn't paying attention to the other games Sunday. He acknowledged that he heard some loud cheers while sitting in his office about 30 minutes prior to kickoff, but said he couldn't bring himself to watch any of the action.

But he still used those games as a motivating factor before the afternoon game against the Cowboys. The Eagles were about four or five minutes late running out of the tunnel Sunday because Reid wanted to wait until both the Bears-Texans and Bucs-Raiders games had been completed. Once the clock hit zero in the Raiders' improbable comeback win, Reid gave his team the signal to take the field.

Jerry Jones told me late Sunday night that he didn't think it was a case of the Cowboys not matching the Eagles' intensity early in the game, but he's absolutely wrong. That game Sunday was decided 10 minutes before kickoff. The Cowboys were looking for a reason to lay down one last time, and a remarkable turn of events provided that opportunity. The Cowboys weren't able to muster any fight until left tackle Flozell Adams and fullback Deon Anderson squared off on the flight home. Then linebacker Bradie James confronted a Cowboys fan/heckler wearing a sandwich board the following day.

Anyway, if the Eagles somehow make a deep playoff run, their fans will never forget those two early games Dec. 28th. I'm wondering if Reid's sent thank you cards or texts to Tom Cable and Gary Kubiak yet. If he hasn't, he should sit down and do that right now.

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