Cowboys keep postseason hopes alive with 37-17 home win over Eagles; Philly eliminated with loss
The Dallas Cowboys had plenty on the line in their rematch against their NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles. In Arlington on Sunday, the Cowboys broke away from a close battle in the third quarter and continued to pull away from the Eagles with an effective offense and opportunistic defense. In the end, Dallas secured a 37-17 win over the Eagles to keep their postseason hopes alive while officially eliminating Philadelphia from the playoff equation.
In terms of team stats, time of possession, total first downs, and total yards were relatively even between the two teams across the board. However, the scoreboard became lopsided in the second half.
The Cowboys trailed most of the first half with the Eagles taking a 14-3 lead with 5:48 left in the first quarter after an 81-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts to speedy wideout DeSean Jackson. However, the Cowboys and signal-caller Andy Dalton mounted a comeback.
Dalton found Michael Gallup for two touchdowns in the second quarter, the second one a 7-yard score coming 12 seconds before halftime, to give Dallas a 20-17 lead at intermission. Then, rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb scored twice, kicker Greg Zuerlein tacked on a 21-yard field goal, and the Dallas defense forced three Hurts turnovers (two interceptions, one lost fumble) in the second half to secure the victory.
Dalton finished the game 22-for-30 with 377 yards to go with 3 touchdowns against 1 interception. He also collected 15 rushing yards and posted ratings of 86.1 (QBR) and 134.7 (RTG). Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 105 yards and also had 34 receiving yards on the day while Gallup and Amari Cooper each finished with 121 receiving yards. Lamb accounted for 84 total yards and two scores.
If the Washington Football Team falls in Philadelphia to the eliminated Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys will have a chance to win the NFC East at noon Sunday at the New York Giants. For more sports coverage, click here.