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There's nothing like Christmas Day for receiving old friends. So it is that Terrell Owens will be getting a visit from his one time teammate and sometimes sparring partner Jeff Garcia. They had a little history together back in San Francisco, and it didn't turn out so well. Owens had issues with the coaching staff - and his QB - over getting the ball enough. Then Owens questioned Garcia's sexuality.

Before that in San Francisco, Owens made insinuations about Jeff Garcia's sexuality. And Owens said he hasn't had a conversation with Garcia since their days together with the 49ers.

So naturally both were asked about the other going into Monday's game. Garcia? He didn't have much to say.

"I'm not even talking about that," said Garcia, who made three straight Pro Bowls during his five seasons with Owens (1999-2003).

Owens, on the other hand, was a bit more talkative about it.

Asked if he regretted anything he said about Garcia, Owens said, "No, we're not even going to get into that. That's old news."

Still, Owens later acknowledged that the situations with Garcia and McNabb helped him learn how to better deal with teammates.

"You always can learn from your mistakes, and I think I definitely had ample opportunity, especially with the suspension last year and going through a lot of things, to kind of just reflect on what happened, not only in Philly, but in San Francisco," he said.

Owens then paid Garcia some compliments on the job he's doing in Philly since McNabb went down.

Terrell also says he's not bummed about the Pro Bowl snub.

"My goal isn't to make the Pro Bowl. I know what I can do on the football field. My numbers speak for themselves," he said. "My goal is to go to the Super Bowl. ... I've been over to Hawaii five times, so I'm not really missing anything."

How's Terrell's finger doing?

"Right now, I may have permanent damage where I can't bend it," Owens said. "I haven't really made any excuses about dropped balls. ... It's just something I've been fighting through."

Owens opted against season-ending surgery because the Cowboys were in the playoff chase.

"Hopefully, it will be a bum finger with a nice ring on it," he said.

I can live with that if T.O. can.

Andy Reid, on what Coach Parcells told him on a call earlier this year after McNabb went down.

"Coach Parcells called me up and told me not to be pessimistic," Reid said. "He relayed to me the story of about when [Phil] Simms went down and they had the quarterback change and they kept on winning at a championship level. If I had any plan of keeping my head down, he took care of that."

Peter King is still on the Cowboys bandwagon. You've got to give King credit, he called the Romo thing early in the season. He likes Dallas on Monday night.

This game illustrates exactly how hard it is to pick quarterbacks in the NFL these days. First-rounders Eli Manning and Jason Campbell quarterback the Giants and Redskins (combined record: 12-16) this weekend. Two guys off the street -- literally -- quarterback the game of the year in the NFC East. Tony Romo's an undrafted free agent who signed with the Cowboys after the draft in 2003. Jeff Garcia was cut adrift after bad free-agent experiences in Detroit and Cleveland, free to sign with anyone in the league. The Eagles took him, strictly as a backup. And now it's Garcia versus Romo, with the winner the prohibitive favorite to win the NFC East.

Dallas 27, Philadelphia 17

Hey, there's still a chance to get playoff tickets this morning.

The Cowboys will put their final playoff tickets on sale Friday beginning at 10 a.m.

On Tuesday, the Cowboys sold out their initial allotment of tickets in 19 minutes. The tickets that will go on sale Friday are the remaining season ticket-holder seats that were not pre-purchased by Thursday's deadline. Tickets will be for a potential Cowboys home playoff game as part of the 2006 postseason.