Cowboys stud: Stephon Gilmore, CB
This weekend, Stephon Gilmore had a tough assignment. The 13th-year veteran spent much of the night covering A.J. Brown, who can be a game-changer. Gilmore held his own throughout the night and even had a turnover early in the third quarter to kill the Eagles' momentum.
After receiving the second-half kickoff, Philadelphia had moved into Dallas territory when Brown hauled in a seven-yard pass. Gilmore was able to strip the ball out of his hands and Damone Clark picked up the fumble.
Dallas nearly capitalized on the turnover when Dak Prescott dropped the ball into CeeDee Lamb's hands deep downfield but the normally sure-handed wideout dropped the pass. Even though they had to punt — which was their first time doing so since Thanksgiving — the play from Gilmore gave them the momentum back and they forced a quick three-and-out on the next series.
Near the end of the third quarter, the veteran again stepped up for the Dallas defense. After Brandon Aubrey kicked a 59-yarder to make it a 27-13 game, Gilmore stopped Brown for just two yards on third-and-11. Then with the Eagles getting aggressive on fourth-down, he made a sure tackle on DeVonta Smith to give his team the ball back once again. Gilmore had nine tackles on the night and was constantly making key stops, proving to be a steal considering it took a mere fifth-round pick to land him.