Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 15 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 14, 2014
Finishing off the NFL’s weekend slate on “Sunday Night Football,” we had a marquis matchup between two elite NFC East rivals in the Cowboys and Eagles. Dallas was coming off a big win over the Bears last Thursday, while the Eagles fell to the Seahawks by 10 in Week 14. As games between these two teams always are, this was certainly entertaining.
Let’s check out some of the key players and stats from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s in store for both teams in Week 16.
What Happened: In the beginning it was all Dallas, but Philly got in on the action later. DeMarco Murray opened it up early in the first with a 1-yard TD run, while Dez Bryant and Tony Romo capped off the first-quarter scoring on a 4-yard hookup. At the end of one, it was 14-0 Cowboys.
In the second, Bryant and Romo got it going again on a 26-yarder. Chris Polk was finally able to get Philly on the board with a 5-yard run and Cody Parkey added a 47-yard kick for a 21-10 halftime score.
In the third, Philly kicked into gear. Polk got another 1-yard run and Darren Sproles added one of his own for a 24-21 Philadelphia edge. A short time later, Murray posted another TD from two yards out to get Dallas back on top 28-24 after three.
In the fourth, Bryant struck again from 25 yards out to extend the lead. Parkey managed a 43-yard field goal, but that’s the last scoring the Eagles would do. A Dan Bailey field goal would put the icing on a 38-27 Cowboys win.
Dallas now takes over sole possession of first place in the NFC East and controls their own destiny. In a related nugget, Arizona now clinches a playoff spot since this game didn’t end in a tie.
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The Stars: All the usual suspects are here. Romo posted 265 yards and three touchdowns in the game, with his main beneficiary being Bryant. Dallas’ top WR finished with 114 yards on six grabs and three scores in a dominant performance. Murray also posted 81 yards on 31 carries with the two touchdowns.
On the other side, Jeremy Maclin managed 98 yards on four grabs, but couldn’t find the end zone.
The Goats: Sanchez giveth, and Sanchez taketh away. This one was the latter, as he posted 252 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. That was part of four Philadelphia turnovers, which pretty much killed any chance at momentum they might have had.
The story of the game is time of possession. Philadelphia held the ball for just 18:05 compared to 41:55 for the Cowboys.
It was a sloppy game, too; there were 19 penalties between both teams.
Injuries: The Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray injured his hand at some point during the game. He had X-rays done but didn’t seem to be too concerned about his condition afterward.
RT Doug Free also had to leave the game due to an ankle injury. He came out after halftime.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 16, the Eagles have a short and unordinary week as they’ll take on the Redskins on Saturday, December 20 (4:30 PM ET on NFL Network).
Meanwhile, the Cowboys will host te incoming Colts in what should be a great game Sunday (4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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