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BUCKLE UP FOR ANOTHER EXCITING CHAPTER OF EAGLES-COWBOYS
BY CHRIS McPHERSON
2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE 11
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The Eagles and the Cowboys have officially
met four times in the postseason, including
the 1980 NFC Championship Game when
Wilbert Montgomery gashed the Dallas
defense for a 42-yard rushing touchdown on
the second offensive play.
But that doesn’t include when the Eagles
beat the Cowboys 44-6 on the final day of
the 2008 regular season to earn a Wild Card
berth over Dallas or the Week 17 win-or-gohome
game in Dallas that determined the
NFC East Champion in 2013.
Nor will it include this afternoon’s showdown,
the 122nd meeting between these despised
rivals that will go a long way in determining
the NFC East Champion.
The Eagles and the Cowboys played on
October 20 in a game won by Dallas, 37-10.
Philadelphia was without four key players on
defense who are expected to suit up today:
linebacker Nigel Bradham, cornerback Ronald
Darby, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, and
cornerback Avonte Maddox.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had
111 yards and a touchdown on the ground,
while wide receiver Amari Cooper caught five
passes for 106 yards.
The Eagles never gave themselves a shot
on the road as they fumbled the ball away
on their first two possessions, which led to
Cowboys touchdowns. The Eagles trailed
14-0 and then it was 27-7 at halftime.
Since that game, the Cowboys are 3-4,
including last Sunday’s 44-21 demolition of
the Los Angeles Rams that snapped a threegame
losing streak. Quarterback Dak Prescott
was efficient throwing for 212 yards on 23
attempts for two touchdowns and a 123.8
passer rating. However, it was the ground
game powered by Elliott (131 yards and a
touchdown) and rookie Tony Pollard (117
yards and two scores) that powered the
offense. Dallas crossed the goal line on four
consecutive possessions in the first half to
put the game out of reach early.
During the three-game losing streak, the
Cowboys’ defense allowed 356 yards to
the Buffalo Bills and 382 total yards to the
Chicago Bears. Special teams miscues hurt
Dallas in the loss to New England as a blocked
punt and a missed field goal put the Cowboys
in an early 10-0 bind.
Against the Rams, the Cowboys held running
back Todd Gurley to 20 yards on the
ground, at an average of 1.8 yards per carry.
Linebacker Sean Lee, an Eagles nemesis in
the past, had a career game with a sack and
For the season, Prescott is second in the NFL
with 4,334 passing yards. He also has thrown
26 touchdowns against 11 interceptions for a
99.3 passer rating. Elliott is fifth in the league
with 1,188 rushing yards to go along with 11
touchdowns. Cooper is tied for eighth with
1,073 receiving yards on 71 catches and
Defensively, defensive end Robert Quinn
paces the Cowboys with 9.5 sacks on the
year while fellow end DeMarcus Lawrence
has five. All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson’s status
is up in the air after he missed the Week 15
win over Washington with an ankle injury.
Lee’s resurgence is critical as the Cowboys
have been without star linebacker Leighton
Vander Esch due to a neck injury that he
initially suffered in the first matchup with
The Eagles will have home-field advantage,
which cannot be overstated in this matchup.
Dallas Week is always extra special for Eagles
fans. This Sunday, with the season on the line,
Lincoln Financial Field will be rockin’ with
the chance to spoil the Cowboys’ potential
Even if the Eagles win, however, they must
either beat the Giants in Week 17 or cheer
for Dallas to stumble at home against
Washington to clinch the NFC East. A Dallas
win today will clinch the division title for
the Cowboys. The Eagles must finish with
a better record than the Cowboys as they
will lose based on tiebreakers regardless of