Dallas’s playoff hopes have not flat-lined just yet. After a 38-23 win and a dominating defensive performance in Philadelphia vs the Eagles, the Cowboys showed they are not ready to call it quits just yet. Good Tony Romo was out in full force yesterday, extending plays and driving the Cowboys up and down the field, while not committing a single turnover for the second game in a row. The front 7 harassed Michael Vick and forced him out of the game with a concussion after a couple of hits that led to the introduction of backup Nick Foles, whom the Cowboys proceeded to abuse in welcoming him to the NFL. After tying the game at 17 on a 30 yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant, the defense and special teams took over.
The Cowboys forced the Eagles into a three and out, leading to a game changing punt. Dwayne Harris caught the punt at his own 22 yard line, ran towards the sideline, got a couple of blocks and broke free for a 78 yard touchdown. Ex-Cowboy punter Mat McBriar gave a pathetic effort to force Harris out of bounds, and Harris beat him up the sideline for the touchdown. Three plays later, Foles threw behind Desean Jackson badly, causing the ball to ricochet around a couple of times before being caught by Brandon Carr, who ran it back for another touchdown. In 2 minutes and 35 seconds, the Cowboys had scored 21 points, and never looked back. To add insult to injury, after the Eagles scored (missed the extra point) and forced a punt, Dallas sacked Foles in his own end zone and recovered for a game-sealing touchdown. The Eagles season, and possibly Andy Reid’s tenure in Philly, are over.
While the defense and special teams shone yesterday, the offense didn’t look to shabby themselves. In the first quarter Felix Jones caught a swing pass and broke several tackles on his way to an 11 yard touchdown reception. Though Romo only threw for 209 yards, he consistently got himself out of trouble in the pocket and made the necessary plays to get Dallas into scoring position, whether the result was a touchdown or a field goal. His 30 yard pass to Dez at the end of the third quarter started the Cowboys’ rally, and after that the offense did not have to do much else. The team has seemed to turn their season back around, and not a moment too soon. Up next for the Cowboys is a date with the Cleveland Browns next Sunday, in a game the Cowboys must win again to keep their season and playoff hopes alive.