A Christmas Eve full of games that could have had major playoff implications for three NFC rivals turned into a meaningless scrimmage between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. After the New York Giants defeated the New York Jets earlier in the day, both the Cowboys and the Eagles had little to play for other than pride. The Giants win negated any chance for the Eagles to make the playoffs while also insuring a winner-take-all game next week for the Cowboys.
Early in the first quarter, quarterback Tony Romo injured his throwing hand on the helmet of defensive end Jason Babin. Romo would not return to the game. X-rays proved to be negative as Romo re-appeared on the sideline wearing an ever decreasing wrap on his right hand throughout the day.
After the injury to Romo, a parade of Cowboys began filling “the pine” due to injury or as a coach’s decision. Felix Jones and Sean Lee were among them.
The Dallas defense had a hard time containing the elusive Michael Vick. The former Falcon threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns. But both teams struggled running the ball.
Back-up Dallas quarterback Stephen McGee struggled going 24 of 38 for 182 passing yards and a score. But the Eagles defensive front line kept constant pressure on the former Aggie the entire game. And Dallas’ young offensive line struggled more than ever.
The Eagles defeated the Cowboys, 20-7 in what could be described as a lack-luster game. The drama is already building to next week’s Cowboys vs. Giants game as Romo’s injury will be on the minds of everyone in Cowboy’s nation this week.