The Eagles-Cowboys matchup on Sunday Night Football in December lacked the usual flare of the classic rivalry between two teams who are usually competing for first place at this point in the season.
After all, the Cowboys began their season with Super Bowl expectations. Eight games and one win later, they were the worst team in football, causing owner Jerry Jones to fire head coach Wade Phillips.
Interim coach Jason Garrett led the Cowboys to three victories in their next four games, setting up a matchup with the 8-4 Eagles.
The Eagles won 30-27 behind a strong performance by Michael Vick, as well as DeSean Jackson’s 210 receiving yards. The victory improved the Eagles to 9-4 and helped move them a step closer to their first NFC East division title in four years.
After the game, Dallas running back Tashard Choice found himself under a lot of controversy when he asked Michael Vick for his autograph. Choice’s request was captured on national television and Vick even admitted that it was probably the first time a player had asked him for an autograph following a game.
Many Cowboys fans were outraged by Choice’s request, calling it disrespectful for such a request to be done in public, and especially after a loss. Choice later apologized and stated that the autograph was for his two-year old nephew, who is a big fan of Michael Vick.
The image of Tashard Choice requesting an autograph from Michael Vick is the third most memorable image of the season for the Philadelphia Eagles, as it symbolizes the extreme high Vick reached during his remarkable season.