Postgame Recap: Eagles 24, Cowboys 22

Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown (34) celebrates a touchdown with tight end James Casey (85) in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT

AT&T Stadium had never looked so rocking. It was described by on-field reporters as having an electric, college atmosphere this side of the AT&T Cotton Classic.

Dallas took the opening kickoff and sustained a good little drive with DeMarco Murray’s runs and Dez Bryant’s catches. Murray coughed up the football on a big hit right into the bread basket of Eagles defensive back Bradley Fletcher. The Eagles drove from their own 23 yard line and stalled out their drive just outside the red zone, settling for a 47 yard Alex Henery field goal to go up 3-0.

Murray’s big hits and big play check downs couldn’t get any points, and so the Eagles took possession at their own 12 yard line. In 10 plays, the Eagles went 88 yards for a 3 yard LeSean McCoy touchdown catch. The drive was aided by three catches of 15 yards or more, the most egregious being Jason Avant catching a Foles duck at the Dallas 3 yard line that set up the touchdown to give Philadelphia a 10-0 lead.

Dallas went three and out and punted back the football. The Eagles similarly went three and out and punted back to Dallas. From their own 34 yard line, Dallas drove six plays for a touchdown scored by rookie tight end Gavin Escobar on a 22 yard somersault touchdown to cut the deficit to 10-7 Eagles.

Philadelphia had another unsuccessful drive, which featured Cowboys defensive end Jarius Wynn sacking Nick Foles, and punted back to Dallas, who now had most of the momentum. Six plays later, inside Eagles territory, Kyle Orton threw a pass behind Jason Witten that linebacker Michael Kendricks easily intercepted. Immediately, the Eagles scored a touchdown in two plays, each passes of 35 and 14 yards to tight end Brent Celek, to take a 17-7 lead.
Dallas marched back on their final play of the first half and got inside Eagles territory again. Sputtering out, they settled for a 44 yard Dan Bailey field goal to narrow the deficit to 17-10 at halftime.

Coming out of the tunnel for the second half, Philadelphia went three and out. Dallas moved the football in eight plays down to the Eagles 25 yard line. After an incomplete deep ball for Dez Bryant in the end zone, Dallas settled for Dan Bailey’s successful 43 yard field goal that made it 17-13 Eagles.

The Eagles gained a first down with a 14 yard completion to rookie tight end Zach Ertz on the next series, but Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher stripped Foles on a sack. DeMarcus Ware recovered. The offense wasn’t able to do anything with the football from the Eagles 20 except send Bailey in for a 36 yard field goal to make it 17-16 Eagles.

The Eagles and Cowboys traded possessions of three and outs. On the Eagles’ tenth drive of the game, Philadelphia drove from their own 47 yard line down to the Cowboys goal line. Nick Foles wasn’t able to sneak in, and Dallas took over at their own one yard line.

Dallas’ ensuing drive looked optimistic. Dez Bryant got it started off with an 18 yard slant, and Jason Witten caught a 16 yard pass. The Cowboys moved into Eagles territory and were down to 4th and 1. Rather than run the ball, Jason Garrett called a swing pass to DeMarco Murray. Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin snuck into the passing lane and batted down the pass for a turnover on downs.

From their own 40 yard line, the Eagles went 11 plays that featured 8 runs by LeSean McCoy. He didn’t score the touchdown to go ahead 24-16 pending the extra point. That was Bryce Brown on a 6 yard gallop on first and goal.

Dallas drove immediately down the field for a touchdown scored by Dez Bryant on 4th and 9, a 32 yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, with cornerback Cary Williams knocking away the pass to Dez Bryant. It was 24-22 Eagles.

The Cowboys defense came up with their big three and out, giving Kyle Orton the ball back. On first down, he threw an interception to cornerback Brandon Boykin to end the Cowboys season and give some impoverished children in Nicaragua their third set of “Dallas Cowboys: NFC East Champs” hats.

Let the interminable off-season begin.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, NFC East, The Landry Hat

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  • MCA

    Ok, so now can JJ do some firing!? Starting with himself! The QB position in Dallas is jinxed.

    • ERCalx

      Jinxed? Romo has put up record numbers in the stats over the years but usually when a QB throws for 500 yards in a game, it because your behind the whole game. He should have records when you consider they never even try to run the ball. It’s throw throw throw and then interception. They are a joke and have been since Aikman got forced out. Romo has talent and is exciting to watch, but he’s not a top level NFL QB. He’s certainly not on the level of a Troy Aikman. Worst part is that no matter how well he plays and the numbers he puts up, when the game is on the line, or it really matters, he CHOKES! Romo is a choke artist and always has been and Jerry Jones is an idiot & always has been. Having the money to buy a fighter jet don’t mean you can fly it. He needs to write the checks & hire a PRO to recruit personell and draft players. They trade away their first round picks every year and haven’t taken a QB in the first THREE rounds since Aikman and that was when a PRO was picking players. Actually, Aikman was drafted BEFORE Jerry came along. I mean, how do you justify signing a 33 year old choke artist to a FIVE year $60 million deal, with $50M guaranteed and not only do you NOT have a young draft pick waiting and learning in the background but both your backups are older than romo and SUCK! My grand kids will be on social security before the cowboys see the playoffs again. We fans can only hope that when JJ dies that his son isn’t as big an idiot as his dad or maybe sells the team

      • MCA

        That’s just my point. No one since Aikman has been able to get us deep into the playoffs! Let alone into the playoffs. Like you said, Romo puts up big numbers. It’s only really been this season that Dallas has had ANY kind of running game in a while. Romo puts on a great game, but seems to fall flat when it matters. Don’t get me wrong, it’s better to have him then say a bunch of journeymen. Only to see Orton throw a pick late in a game when the game is on the line. Yeah, makes me think that the QB position is jinxed.

  • tired old fan

    I’ve been a fan of the Boys since the Landry days. I remember when the Boys played good football–so good that even when they lost, they were respected. I remember when the Boys were still seen as threats even after losing to the Steelers and 49′ers in the playoffs. I remember, when Aikman, Irvin and Smith, led the team to victory despite having Switzer as a coach. However, now the Boys are laughingstocks; pretenders; wanna-bees, irrelevent. Its not that they don’t have talent, its just that they–as an organization–don’t have a desire to win. They have no pride. I’m tired. I’m sick of this team, I’m sick of the mediocrity, I’m sick of the excuses. Congratulations Cowboys! After 34 years you’ve finally convinced me that I have better things to do with my Sundays from August to January. Maybe someday I can take my son to watch some good old Cowboys football like my Dad did many years ago. Likely, given this team, it’ll be him taking my grandson.
    good luck to the rest of you.

    • ERCalx

      I couldn’t agree more. I wish I could hit one of those powerball lottos and buy the team and hire some professionals to run it. That seems to be a lost concept

  • Big D Fan

    That 2:00 minute drill doesn’t seem to be worked on very well in Dallas. Orton was doing a great job with the snap count early then decided not to in the last two minutes. O lost this game they gave 3 turnovers away. Murray, Witten, and Orton The D still kept them in it.

  • Old Frog

    What’s up with the way the officials took 15 seconds off the clock and then penalized Dallas for delay of game? That stinks no matter who you were rooting for. Seems like it should be challenged in some way – particularly at such a critical time in such a critical game.

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