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”?