Cowboys Eliminated After 44-6 Drubbing By Eagles in Season Finale
There isn’t much to say after the effort that the Cowboys put into a must-win game in Philadelphia on Sunday. It was pathetic to say the least, and it showed on the scoreboard in a 44-6 thrashing at the hands of the Eagles. It looked like the only players to show up for the Dallas Cowboys was Jason Witten, who with broken ribs and a partially torn ligament in his ankle, and Terrell Owens.
Witten caught 6 passes for 50 yards while Owens caught 7 passes for 103 yards, including a 42-yard pass from Jason Witten.
The only stat that you need to hear to figure out who won the game is 27 points off of 5 Dallas turnovers for the Eagles, while the Cowboys only forced one turnover early in the game that resulted in a three-and-out.
The game was tied 3-3 at the end of the first quarter, but it was all Philadelphia from that point on. The Eagles scored 24 points in the second quarter to take a 27-3 lead to the locker room, and it didn’t get any better in the second half.
The Cowboys got deep into Philadelphia territory on their first two drives of the third quarter, but the Eagles were once again the ones who scored. Fumbles by Tony Romo and Marion Barber resulted in 73 and 96-yard touchdown returns by Chris Clemons and Joselio Hanson, respectively. That made it 41-3 Eagles, and it became evident that there would be no miracle comeback from the Cowboys and that their season was about to come to an embarrassing and disappointing end. The final score was 44-6.
Tony Romo never found a rhythm and was mediocre, completing just 21/39 passes for 183 yard with an interception and two lost fumbles, one returned for a touchdown.
Tashard Choice rushed it 13 times for 56 yards and caught a pass for 8 yards while Marion Barber carried it 3 times for 13 yards and a lost fumble returned for a touchdown. He als reeled in two balls for 20 yards.
Patrick Crayton made 3 catches for 34 yards while Roy E. Williams only caught 2 for 4 yards.
Nick Folk connected on both of his field goals, with the longest being from 42 yards out.
Bradie James made the only sack on defense and forced the only fumble. Demarcus Ware did not record any sacks and ended a stellar season with 20 sacks, falling just three shy of breaking the all-time record. They went all for not though.
The Cowboys still have a long way to go to get to where they want to be. This season was deemed “Tampa Bay or Bust”, and it was a huge bust. Who knows what changes will be made in the off-season or whether or not Jerry Jones sticks to his word about retaining Wade Phillips for next season after the way things went on Sunday. This team has all the talent in the world, but with all of that talent, they could never come together and communicate as a team. This combined with the bad discipline and lack of a killer instinct costed them a spot in the playoffs and a chance to live up to those Super Bowl expectations. This season was a failure, and will go down as one of the most disappointing in Dallas Cowboys history if not the most disappointing. They will be back next season though, and in a brand new stadium. Who knows what will happen, but hopefully it will be a season to remember.