Surprisingly, the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in Week 16 still alive in the hunt for the NFC East title. In their way is the Dallas Cowboys who while technically not eliminate would need a miracle to make the playoffs.
Philadelphia’s first drive went as well as they could ask as they marched in to the red zone within four minutes. The drive was capped off by a Miles Sanders touchdown run. And the Eagles would take an early 7-0 lead. The Cowboys would respond with a field goal and cut the lead to four.On the very next drive Jalen Hurts would hit DeSean Jackson for an 81 yard touchdown, to push the lead to 14-3. And that’s how the first quarter would end.
The Cowboys started the second quarter driving deep in to Eagle territory. They would finish the drive off with a touchdown and cut the Philly lead to four. Philadelphia would catch a break as a Boston Scott fumble went out of bounds. However, they would eventually punt. Dallas would add a field goal on the other end to make it a one point game.
While Philly’s next drive did take up a lot of real estate, it didn’t net them a touchdown. Hurts and company settled for a field goal and push the lead back to four. Unfortunately the defense would have a huge let down and surrender a touchdown with just 12 seconds left in the half, to give the Cowboys a 20-17 lead after two quarters.
Dallas got the ball first in the second half and did not waste time extending their lead. Two and half minutes in to the half and the Cowboys pushed their lead to ten, 27-17 on a long touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb. Hurts and company failed to get anything going in response and we’re forced to punt. Philadelphia’s defense would give up another huge chunk play on the following series, putting Dallas in a goal to go situation. Fortunately they were able to hold them to a field goal.
Philly would punt yet again and Dallas would take over with a little more than six minutes left in the quarter. The Birds however, would come up with an interception to end the quarter.
The Eagles continued to struggle offensively in the fourth quarter though, again failing to produce any points. Luckily for them they were able to get a stop on the other end. The two teams would trade possessions with not much being done. Leaving just four minutes left in the game. The door would seemingly close for good when a Hurts fumble was controversially upheld, although it appeared he was down. Dallas would add another touchdown for good measure to seal the deal and the win.
Final Score: Dallas 37 Philadelphia 17