The Philadelphia Eagles have defeated the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 in Jerry’s World, to capture the NFC East division crown, and will be facing the New Orleans Saints next Saturday night. Eagles’ running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy had the NFL rushing title won before the game kicked off, but that did not stop him from gaining 131 yards on the ground. Nick Foles completed 17 of 26 passes (65%) for 263 yards and two touchdowns, coming up big for the Eagles once again, proving to all of those that still doubt that he is legit.
Cowboys’ backup quarterback Kyle Orton, who filled in for the injured Tony Romo, did a nice job as well, completing 30 of 46 passes (65%) for 358 yards and two touchdowns. In what seemed to be his game leading up to kickoff, running back DeMarco Murray had only 17 carries for 51 yards and a fumble.
The Cowboys got the ball first and was putting together a great offensive drive, then Eagles’ linebacker Mychal Kendricks forced a DeMarco Murray fumble that was recovered by corner back Bradley Fletcher. Chip Kelly’s high-powered offense capitalized on the Cowboys’ turnover, but only came away with three points on a 47 yard field goal from place kicker Alex Henery.
Nick Foles was able to get the ball back with 3:33 left in the first, after the Eagles’ defense forced a Cowboys punt, and the first quarter expired with the Eagles driving in Cowboys’ territory.
On the second play of the second quarter, Nick Foles delivered a three yard touchdown pass to running back LeSean McCoy, putting the Eagles on top 10-0. Both the Cowboys and Eagles had back-to-back drives that ended in three-and-outs. With 11:07 left in the second, Kyle Orton led the Cowboys down the field and completed a 17 yard pass to Gavin Escobar, cutting the Eagles lead to three.
After a Kyle Orton interception later in the second, the Eagles answered as Nick Foles threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to tight end Brent Celek, Foles’ second touchdown pass for the game. The Cowboys’ were able to add on three more points before the break, and the Eagles took a 17-10 lead to the locker room.
The Eagles got the ball to start the second half, only to go three-and-out, giving the Dallas Cowboys the chance to tie up the game. Dan Bailey’s leg once again added three more points for the Dallas Cowboys, cutting their deficit to just four. On the Eagles next offensive possession, Nick Foles was sacked and fumble. That fumble was recovered by DeMarcus Ware but the Cowboys were only able to come away with three points, again.
As the third quarter was coming to an end, Chip Kelly made a gutsy call, going for it on 4th down at the one yard line. The interior offensive line for the Eagles were unable to get a push, and Nick Foles was stopped just short on a QB sneak. The Eagles defense came up big, forcing the Cowboys to punt after the Eagles did not score inside the Redzone.
After the Eagles took over in the fourth, they ran the ball down the Cowboys’ throat. The only pass was a 19 yard completion from Foles to Cooper on the second play of the drive, but it was all Shady McCoy and Bryce Brown after that. McCoy continued to pick up big chunks of yards, and Brown finished the drive off with a six yard touchdown run, giving the Eagles an eight point lead, with a score of 24-16.
Kyle Orton led his offense down the field, and connected with Dez Bryant for a 32 yard touchdown pass; but failed on the two-point conversion. The Eagles went three-and-out, taking the clock to the two-minute warning, punting the ball back to Dallas. On the first play on what could have been the game-winning drive, Kyle Orton dropped back and threw an interception, a pass that was picked off by Brandon Boykin.
The Eagles took over, ran the ball a couple of times, and then went into Victory Formation, capturing the NFC East division title by a score of 24-22.