10 quick reactions from Cowboys’ thrilling comeback vs Eagles
By Jerry Trotta
The Dallas Cowboys’ Christmas Eve matchup vs the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. In all likelihood, the Cowboys will land the No. 5 seed, and the Eagles fulfill their destiny and notch the top seed.
Following Dallas’ thrilling holiday win over their arch nemesis, though, their hopes — some might call it a pipe dream — of supplanting Nick Sirianni’s squad in the standings is still alive, even if it’s holding on by a string.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Cowboys have been winning ugly for a month now, and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has built a Super Bowl roster. Even without Jalen Hurts, this was always going to be a dogfight. That’s not to put Gardner Minshew on a pedestal, but very few backups would fall on their face in this situation.
Let’s jump into some quick reactions from the comeback win!
10 quick thoughts from Cowboys’ comeback win vs Eagles
Huge defensive stand on Eagles first drive
The game’s initial drive had all the makings of a disaster for Dallas. Miles Sanders ripped a seven-yard run on the first play, before AJ Brown wiggled free for two big gains through the air, culminating in a 48-yarder up the sideline after beating Trevon Diggs on a double move.
It looked like a matter of when, not if, the Eagles would find the end zone, but the Cowboys’ defense hunkered down and forced a field goal. Not a perfect start, but a win considering they gave up an explosive play so quickly.
Worst play of Dak Prescott’s career?
If it’s not, it’s certainly right up there. WIth the Cowboys trailing 3-0 and in need of an answer after Philly’s dominant opening drive, Prescott gift-wrapped (fitting during the holiday season) an interception to Eagles defender Josh Sweat.
Prescott had Dalton Schultz wide open for a likely 20-yard gain, but didn’t put enough air under the throw and it landed right in Sweat’s breadbasket. Sweat proceeded to stiff-arm Prescott to the turf and returned it 42 yards to the house to give the visitors a 10-0 advantage just six minutes into the game.