Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The NFL doesn’t get much better than an old-fashioned NFC East rivalry game to determine sole possession of first place in the division. That is precisely what was on the line in Week 7 as the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
It did not play out as the Philly faithful had hoped, however, as the Birds offense went anemic. Nick Foles couldn't hit the broad side of a barn starting in place of Vick, hitting on 11 of 29 attempts for just 80 yards before exiting in the second half. The Eagles managed only a field goal as a result, falling 17-3 to the Cowboys.
Tony Romo paced the Dallas offense with 317 yards passing and a touchdown to Terrance Williams. Dez Bryant also added 100 yards receiving on eight receptions. It wasn't a huge day, but missing running back DeMarco Murray and defensive end DeMarcus Ware, they'll certainly take it.
Big win for Big D as they hop into the driver's seat in the NFC East with the W, not to mention extend Philly's season-long drought at home. Be sure to scroll down for or more highlights and analysis from all of the day's action.
Final: Cowboys 17, Eagles 3
The story of the day was Nick Foles' dreadful performance, which many would argue likely results in his forfeiting any chance he had of taking the job as the Eagles' starter. He also left the game with a head injury, so who knows if he'll even be available next week.
Foles went 11-of-29 with 80 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions before exiting the game in the second half. Rookie Matt Barkley entered and threw for 129 yards, with three picks.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense didn't exactly have a great day, but they did just enough, given that they had very little to do. Romo eclipsed 300 yards and threw a touchdown to Terrance Williams, while Dez Bryant contributed 110 yards through the air, as well.
As a result of the W, the Cowboys now have sole possession of first place, and the Eagles proved they have a long way to go before they can be taken seriously again.
17-3 Cowboys, 0:58 fourth quarter
Safe to say after interception No. 3 that Matt Barkley is not ready for the NFL.
17-3 Cowboys, 2:00 fourth quarter
Cowboys just sitting back and letting Matt Barkley have the underneath stuff. Just trying to get out of this without anymore injuries no doubt.
17-3 Cowboys, 4:03 fourth quarter
It's like a morgue at Lincoln Financial Field as Barkley tosses his second pick of the day, nowhere in the vicinity of anybody. First place, here comes Dallas.
17-3 Cowboys, 5:17 fourth quarter
If Matt Barkley is going to begin authoring his legend today (spoiler: he isn't), it will have to start with a 98-yard drive out of Philadelphia territory. Good luck with that.
17-3 Cowboys, 7:02 fourth quarter
And that Barkley interception counts. Looks like Dallas is about to cruise to first place in the NFC East.
Eagles fans started to leave after that INT, most continued even after offsides penalty negated pick.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) October 20, 2013
Just to give you an indication of what kind of pressure Matt Barkley, a fourth-round pick, is already under...
Cowboys uncorked a workmanlike drive in 10 plays, 72 yards and 5:32. Romo finishes it off with a 9-yard TD pass to Williams. Dallas, 17-3.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 20, 2013
By the way, the drive Tony Romo just orchestrated for Dallas is nothing to sneeze at.
Matt Barkley just put his helmet on. Looks like he'll play the next series.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 20, 2013
Cowboys 17-3, 9:25 fourth quarter
Well, you never know what a rookie QB can do until he's thrust into action, but it's not looking good for Philly.
Nick Foles is heading into the tunnel. Matt Barkley warming for his first NFL action— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) October 20, 2013
Situation looking worse and worse for the Birds' offense. Then again, fans are hoping it can't get much worse.
10-3 Cowboys, 14:57 fourth quarter
Eagles will take a field goal at this point, but Nick Foles has zero confidence. He can't hit open receivers, and to end that last series, he wouldn't even pull the trigger. Maybe nobody was open? Doesn't matter. Foles looks lost today.
DeSean is back in the game. Wolff is being examined for a head injury.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) October 20, 2013
10-0 Cowboys, 1:55 third quarter
Looks like the nose of the football might've hit the ground on this interception, but it's close. Eagles really need the officials to rule in their favor here.
But again, Foles misses yet another wide open receiver.
Looks like right ankle injury for DeSean. Not getting up.— Nick Fierro (@NickFierro) October 20, 2013
Now the bad news for the Eagles: DeSean Jackson is down and it looks serious. Birds have serious depth issues at wide receiver to begin with.
10-0 Cowboys, third quarter
HUGE momentum changer as Tony Romo does a thing Tony Romo does, throwing a big interception to let Philly back in the game. Actually, Romo was just unlucky as linebacker DeMeco Ryans was trailing his man and the pass just happened to go into his area. Big break for the Birds as they are driving in Dallas territory.
This is Foles' worst game since his first NFL start last year against the Redskins. He's just off. #EaglesTalk— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) October 20, 2013
10-0 Cowboys, 6:00 third quarter
The natives are getting restless in Philadelphia, as the boos grow in number with each inaccurate Foles pass.
10-0 Cowboys, 6:43 third quarter
Nick Foles has been bad, but Tony Romo hasn't exactly been sharp today either. The Cowboys QB has connected on 18-of-32 passes for 227 yards and an interception. He's managed to lead the Dallas offense to 15 first downs, however, compared to Philly's eight, so he's certainly had the better game of the two passers.
Perfect start to 2nd half for Cowboys, march down field and score, get a 3 and out... a TD drive here puts the game out of reach— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) October 20, 2013
10-0 Cowboys, 7:55 third quarter
The way the Eagles have played on offense, it's hard to argue six for Dallas wouldn't put this game away. Just don't see any easy answers for Philly with its personnel.
Dez Bryant had 3 catches for 42 yards and drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone on that touchdown-producing drive for Dallas.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) October 20, 2013
Dez Bryant with five receptions for 76 yards on 11 targets for the afternoon.
This feels like one of those games where the D begins to give up a bunch of points in the 2nd half, and catches a lot of unwarranted blame.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) October 20, 2013
10-0 Cowboys, 9:17 third quarter
Dallas goes right down the field to start the second half and takes what appears to be a commanding lead against an Eagles offense that has been unable to find a rhythm today. Can't blame the Birds defense much. Can't pitch a shutout when your offense keeps giving possession right back to the opponent.
3-0 Cowboys, halftime
Dallas doesn't make the the Eagles pay for Chip Kelly's baffling decision, and mercifully this game is o... ah, shoot, only halftime.
Cowboys' key stat: nine penalties for 60 yards. They are shooting themselves in the foot with numerous false starts and defensive penalties to extend Philly's drives. No reason they couldn't be ahead by two possessions right now if they just cut down on the dumb mistakes.
Eagles' key stat: Nick Foles is 11-of-23 for 80 yards. He came into this game hitting 67 percent of his passes, but he's thrown a lot of balls that were either behind his target or just plain uncatchable. With LeSean McCoy having trouble getting going on the ground (8 CAR, 12 YDS), Foles needs to snap out of this funk.
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