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Cowboys-Eagles: Dallas Plucks the Eagles 34-14 to End Playoff Drought

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  (R-L) Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys shakes hands with Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles after the Cowboys 34-14 victory against the Eagles in the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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James WilliamsonSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2010

This has been the greatest moment for the new generation of Cowboy fans.

After constant losing seasons, coaching changes, quarterback changes, and the 10-year sentence of watching the Philadelphia Eagles go to the playoffs—a place that Dallas had, historically, called its common-law housewife—the Dallas Cowboys have won a playoff game, defeating the Eagles for a spot in the divisional round against Minnesota next week.

The Dallas Cowboys, for the first time, have defeated a division rival three times in a year. It had never happened before, but the Dallas Cowboys ignored the history and wrote their own on Jan. 9, 2010, in Cowboys Stadium.

As a Dallas fan who can’t even legally drink alcohol yet, I have to say this is the greatest moment in my life as a Cowboys fan.

The Dallas Cowboys dominated the Eagles from start to finish. The Cowboys scored first with a one-yard touchdown throw from Romo to rookie tight end John Phillips, after Sheldon Brown committed a pass interference penalty against Miles Austin in the endzone.

It looked like Dallas was in trouble when Philadelphia subbed Donovan McNabb with Michael Vick, who subsequently threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin that spanned 76 yards, but the Cowboys scored 20 unanswered points to complete the half.

The Cowboys refused to take their foot off the gas, and Felix Jones stabbed the Eagles in the heart with a 73-yard touchdown run that was pure speed.

Not even a four-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to DeSean “The Mouth” Jackson could deter the Cowboys from what they felt was their God-given right; they answered with a drive that took seven minutes off the fourth-quarter clock to twist the knife in Philadelphia’s chest.

After DeMarcus Ware came around the tackle and knocked the football out of McNabb’s hands, the Eagles died from blood loss.

The Cowboys have now won a playoff game and have taken the monkey off their back for now, and they are going to Minnesota.

Tony Romo was 23-of-35 for 244 yards and two touchdowns, with the Cowboys' running attack led by Felix Jones, who had 16 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. Miles Austin was the leading receiver, with seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.

The Cowboys defense forced three turnovers (two fumbles and one interception), and Michael Vick fumbled the exchange between himself and Leonard Weaver and Bobby Carpenter recovered it.

The Cowboys' defense shut down the Eagles, allowing only two touchdowns, and gave the offense of the Cowboys plenty of time to score.

Cowboys can go to bed tonight happy, but they need to remember that there are still three games left to play.

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