Owens flaps his mouth ... again

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Terrell Owens stalked his quarterback along the Heinz Field sidelines, chirping at him like an angry Eagle.

Donovan McNabb would have none of it, however, and kept on walking.

Was this an Owens meltdown like the ones which ruled his days as a San Francisco 49er? Was it frustration at the first sign of adversity with his new team?

Nah, said Owens, "that was just me trying to fire him up a little bit, pick his head up.

"Donovan is obviously a competitor and I am too. Things happen, it's going to be like that sometimes."

As McNabb and the sellout crowd could clearly see, there wasn't much to stay positive about.

For starters, the Eagles offence couldn't get on the field. And when it did, it was only to get beat up by a hungry Steelers defence.

"He was taking some shots he doesn't feel he was supposed to take," Steelers linebacker Joey Porter said of McNabb. "You could tell he was getting frustrated."

SAME PLAN

Much was made before the game about the Eagles plan to bring the heat on rookie Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Turns out the Steelers had the same plan and that it worked made them the first team in NFL history to bump off undefeated teams with at least six wins in consecutive weeks.

As for Owens, he spent most of the afternoon watching the Steelers march the ball down the field. And then suffered the indignity of having to endure Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward imitating his own touchdown dance.

"I see Terrell celebrating all the time," Ward said, referring to the dance Owens did a week earlier to mock Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. "I thought I'd join in with my own version. It's no disrespect."

At least Owens saw the humour in that, if not the drubbing his team endured.

"Hey, this is a free world," Owens said. "He can do whatever he wants to.

"I wish I could have (done it myself)."


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