Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers at AT

Cowboys Show Grit In Loss To The Eagles, Fall 24-22

Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA;Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) throws a pass while Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham (55) rushes him in the second quarter at AT

There were not a lot people giving the Cowboys a chance against the Eagles on Sunday night. The hard part for Dallas was going to be staying close enough to make the fourth quarter matter, they were able to do that. The Eagles led 10-0 early in the second quarter and that was the biggest lead that either team would have in this game.

The Cowboys had two first-half turnovers, the first one being a DeMarco Murray fumble, which Philadelphia recovered and scored a touchdown off of. The second one being a Kyle Orton interception which led to a Philadelphia field-goal. The Cowboys defense kept Dallas in the game while the offense struggled to find the end-zone.

Kyle Orton played well, although he was unable to connect on any deep throws down the field. DeMarco Murray played well, running very aggressively but his early fumble was a crucial point in the game. The Cowboys were able to get pressure on Nick Foles and ended up sacking him 5 times in the ballgame.

The Cowboys defense opened the second half playing very well, they sacked Foles, causing a fumble which Dallas recovered. The Cowboys settled for a field-goal which proved costly later on. Dallas kept it close and they had the ball down by 8 with over 3 minutes to go in the ballgame. On a crucial 4th and 9, deep in Philadelphia territory, Kyle Orton hit Dez Bryant on a slant, Bryant was able to break a tackle and score a touch-down. Down by two, the Cowboys went for the game-tying conversion, Orton’s pass, intended for Bryant fell incomplete.

The Eagles got the ball with under 3 minutes left to play and the Cowboys defense held, forcing a punt with 2 minutes left in the ballgame. On the very first play from scrimmage, with the game on the line, Kyle Orton threw an interception, ending the ballgame.

The Cowboys Season Is Over:

- The Cowboys will miss the playoffs for a fourth straight year

- The Dallas offensive line played extremely well

- Davonte Holloman has a future in this league

- The Dallas defense deserves credit for their play in this game

- Will Jason Garrett survive “Black Monday”?


Tags: Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett Kyle Orton

  • Old Frog

    what’s up with the officials being able to take 15 seconds off the clock and then penalize the Cowboys for delay of game? Seems like there should have been some way to challenge that.

  • Big D Fan

    I cant even blame the defense. They kept it tight with 3 turnovers from the offense. One on Murray. One on Witten then Orton channeled Romo at the end. D got key stops and sacks they looked real bad on the last drive or so but that was right after the first pick

    • Old Frog

      That last interception was a killer for sure but on balance I thought Orton looked sharper than Romo has lately. He sure didn’t have any trouble going deep to Bryant and Williams whereas Romo has been under throwing a lot of long passes. And no…I’m not a Romo hater.

      • Big D Fan

        I agree i thought he was calmer and quicker with the ball than romo. Offense seemed to move as well. When he got scared he threw the ball away. Was smart till the end. Even with the snap count kept getting offsides

  • Marcus Duvall

    They should’ve showed running the ball. Especially with a backup QB.