The roller coaster ride that is the Dallas Cowboys season continues, after the ‘boys rallied from a halftime deficit to beat the sweep the visiting Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, 38-33. After being pushed around in the first half and falling to a 17-10 deficit, Tony Romo came out on fire in the third quarter, paving the way to a Dallas victory that keeps them at .500 and in the thick of the NFC East division hunt. With the Giants losing to the Redskins on Monday night, The Cowboys are now tied with Washington at 6-6, one game back of the Giants with just four games to play. This one, though, seemed to be getting out of hand early, as Philadelphia started hot and dominated the first half.
It was a rookie show from Philadelphia early, as Bryce Brown, filling in for the injured LeSean McCoy, scored first on a 10 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. After a Dallas drive stalled and resulted in a field goal, Brown struck again to put the Eagles up by 11. The Cowboys answered on a DeMarco Murray touchdown run in his first game back, but some bad defense allowed rookie Nick Foles to lead them down the field for a field goal as time expired. As the Cowboys left the field, there was a sense they had mailed in the game, or performed the way Cowboys fans have been accustomed to over the past few years. Tony Romo thought otherwise. On the first drive after halftime he extended a play with his mobility and then hit Dez Bryant, who eluded several defenders for a touchdown to put the Cowboys back in the game. The Eagles and Cowboys traded scores for the next quarter, with Riley Cooper, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant scoring again to put the Cowboys up for good. When Bryce Brown fumbled and Morris Claiborne picked it up and ran it in for a 50 yard touchdown, the game seemed over. However, the Eagles made it interesting as Damaris Johnson ran a punt back 98 yards for a touchdown with 31 seconds left. The Cowboys recovered the onside kick, though, and the game was over.
This win puts the Cowboys back in the hunt for the playoffs, both for a wild card spot and for the NFC East lead. They currently stand one game back of the Giants, and have a relatively challenging schedule remaining. They travel to Cincinnati next week before hosting the Steelers and Saints, finishing the season with a road game at the rival Redskins in a rematch of the Thanksgiving game. That game could have serious implications for the playoffs, as the Giants and Redskins have tough schedules as well. Tony Romo really came through in this one, ensuring that the Cowboys stay alive for at least one more week. That’s all for now, so stay tuned for more Cowboys news and enjoy your week!