Emotional Owens flies high

Updated: November 16, 2004, 8:52 AM ET
By Michele Tafoya | ABC Sports, for Insider

It's a shame Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens didn't connect sooner in their careers. Monday night in Dallas they tied the Eagles' record for most touchdown passes thrown from one quarterback to one wide receiver in a single season with 12. Imagine the records they could have set had their paths crossed sooner.

No matter. This talented duo is making even the most skeptical Philadelphia fans optimistic as the Eagles began the second half with a 49-21 rout of the Cowboys. At 8-1, Philadelphia has the best record in the NFC.

In the second quarter, as McNabb scrambled for 14 seconds before finding Freddie Mitchell for a 60-yard pass completion, the Philadelphia sideline was mesmerized and then amazed at what may be the most exciting play of the NFL season thus far. Even Andy Reid said of his quarterback at halftime, "Great. Unbelievable. He's made a couple of amazing plays this half … things other players just can't do."

Owens also did some things not many other players can do – like catch six passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns.

Just 24 hours earlier, Owens broke down in tears while telling me that his personal life had taken a big hit in recent weeks.