Eagles vs. Cowboys: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIDecember 29, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for room to run after making a catch as safety Jeff Heath #38 of the Dallas Cowboys defends in the third quarter during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 20, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Eagles did it. They went from last place in the NFC East to first place in just one year. They did it with a rookie head coach who had no experience coaching in the NFL and a quarterback whom every team passed over twice in the 2012 draft. 

Final Score:

Philadelphia - 24

Dallas - 22


Philadelphia Eagles' Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradesFinal Grades
Run OffenseC+A-
Pass OffenseA-B
Run DefenseBB+
Pass DefenseCB-
Special TeamsCB
Bleacher Report

Game Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles didn't do much in the second half, and he didn't play as well as his statistics indicate. But he threw two touchdowns without an interception and led the Eagles to enough points to claim the NFC East division title. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy turned in a monster game, especially in the second half. He finished with 27 carries for 131 yards, plus a receiving touchdown. 

Pass Defense: Kyle Orton played very well, throwing for 358 yards and two touchdowns, including a huge fourth-down touchdown in the final minutes. However, his second interception, with under two minutes remaining, cost the Cowboys the division. 

Run Defense: The Cowboys abandoned the run in the second half, giving DeMarco Murray just six carries. He collected 51 rushing yards, picking up just eight in the second half. 

Special Teams: Donnie Jones had a monster punt late in the game to set up the Eagles' game-winning interception. Alex Henery's early field goal was a nice confidence booster. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly called way too conservative of a game in the second half, but the Eagles made the necessary plays to win. Kelly did a tremendous job of getting the ball to McCoy in the second half, especially late in the game. 

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29:   Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on after their 24 to 22 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images


First-Half Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles has been on fire all season, and Sunday night is no exception. Other than an embarrassing intentional grounding penalty, he's been putting the ball right where he's wanted to. He's completed 12 of 16 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy has 10 carries for 51 yards, but he hasn't established the running game yet. He has 38 of his rushing yards on just two carries, but the Cowboys have done a solid job of bottling him up. 

Pass Defense: Kyle Orton has played well, especially for a backup quarterback who hasn't started a game in two years. He's completed 15 of 23 passes for 186 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The interception wasn't his fault either. 

Run Defense: DeMarco Murray has carried 11 times for 43 yards, but he's pounded the ball for every yard. The Eagles need to do a better job against the run in the second half. 

Special Teams: Both kickers made a long field goal, but the Eagles had a brutal penalty on Dwayne Harris' fair catch. That can't happen in a game of this magnitude. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly has called a good game, and the Eagles have a seven-point lead on the road despite kicking off to start the game. But they have benefited from two turnovers and need to do a better job of playing physical and establishing the run in the second half.