Eagles Down Cowboys 10-6, but Cowboys Still Clinch Bye
The Dallas Cowboys offense was stagnant the whole game, and although the defense kept them in the game, Romo couldn’t get the ball into the end zone, and Dallas lost 10-6. Before this game, Tony Romo passed for a touchdown in a team record 17 straight games. With the Seattle loss, the Cowboys still clinch a bye, but are now tied with the Packers for the best record in the NFC, making these final two games of the regular season extremely crucial to win.
The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead off of an Eagles fumble after Tony Romo threw an interception in the end zone. It was a 33-yard field goal from Nick Folk.
Before the half, Donovan McNabb found a wide open Reggie Brown in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown catch to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead heading into halftime.
The Dallas offense didn’t get any better as the game went along. Romo drove down the field but had to settle for a 23-yard Nick Folk field goal to cut the Philly lead to 7-6, but an injured right thumb on Romo’s throwing hand may have prevented him from throwing the ball accurately all day, as Romo was only 13/36 for 214 yards with 0 TD’s and 3 INT’s. The Eagles went on to win the game 10-6.
Injuries were a big part of the day for the Cowboys. In addition to Romo’s thumb, which he will have on MRI for on Monday, Chris Canty, Andre Gurode, and Pat Watkins all went down with injuries. Jason Witten and Anthony Fasano were playing with injuries too. Until today the Cowboys were completely healthy with the exception of Terry Glenn, who might come back next week, so this really hurts.
The Cowboys’ running attack never got going. Marion Barber III and Julius Jones each carried the ball 7 times, for 32 and 5 yards respectively.
Jason Witten had another big game, catching 8 passes for 113 yards. Terrell Owens was again shutdown, catching 2 balls for 37 yards. Patrick Crayton made 2 receptions for 54 yards.
Nick Folk connected on both of his field goal attempts, making a 33 and 23-yarder.
The Dallas defense kept us in the game all day long, coming up with huge stops throughout the game. Bradie James, DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, and Anthony Spencer each had a sack. Spencer also forced a fumble that was recovered by Marion Barber III.
What a demoralizing game this was to watch. The good news is that we hold the tiebreaker over the Packers and that we still control our own destiny. The defense looked a lot better in this game but the offense sputtered. The final two games of the season are virtual must-wins now if the Cowboys are to have home-field throughout the playoffs, and it looks like we will have some injuries to deal with. Our final two games are both on tyhe road at carolina and then at Washington. Hopefully we can bounce back from this and treat it as a learning experience, entering the playoffs on a roll.