Cowboys Come From Behind, Beat Eagles Backups 14-13

The Eagles came into the weekend locked into the No. 3 seed in the NFC, meaning that instead of Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, the Cowboys got a dose of Kevin Kolb, Jerome Harrison and Chad Hall.  Philadelphia led down the stretch, but a late touchdown from Stephen McGee to Jason Witten gave the Cowboys a 14-13 win.

Early in the second quarter, Kolb found Chad Hall for a 4-yard touchdown after slipping away from pressure in the pocket.  It would wind up being the only offensive touchdown of the game for either team.  Later in the same frame, Kolb was under pressure and tried to run away from Anthony Spencer.  The Cowboys lineman tracked him down and stripped the ball away, setting up DeMarcus Ware for a 17-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.

At the end of the first half, DeMarcus Ware registered a pair of sacks in the final 34 seconds.  First, he forced the Eagles to punt after a big third down sack.  Then, Bryan McCann muffed the kick, setting the Eagles up in Cowboys’ territory.  Ware notched another sack on the very next play, and a hail mary from Kolb was intercepted by Gerald Sensabaugh.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Eagles moved the ball thanks to a pair of Cowboys penalties.  First, Mike Jenkins was called for defensive holding after a third down incompletion.  Then Kolb hit Clay Harbor for an 18-yard gain and Keith Brooking hit the tight end late, tacking on 15 more yards.  Philadelphia moved all the way down to the Dallas 21-yardline on the play, but Kolb threw his second interception of the game, this time to Terence Newman.

Late in the third quarter, a 24-yard punt from Mat McBriar gave the Eagles the ball at their own 40-yardline.  The short field proved important, as Jerome Harrison broke a 36-yard run down to the Cowboys’ 24-yardline.  Four plays later, David Akers connected on a 43-yard field goal to put the Eagles on top 10-7.

On the ensuing drive, the Cowboys faced a fourth-and-4 at the Eagles’ 34-yardline and opted for a long field goal try by David Buehler.  The Cowboys kicker had the distance, but pushed the 52-yard attempt wide right, giving the Eagles the ball at their own 42-yardline.

On the first play of the drive, Kolb moved out of the pocket on a designed rollout to the right and saw a wide open Chad Hall streaking down the right sideline.  Kolb underthrew him a bit, but still connected for a 48-yard gain down to the Dallas 10.  Four plays later, Akers hit from 22 yards to put the Eagles on top 13-7.

On their final drive of the game, McGee hit Jason Witten for a 33-yard gain down to the Eagles’ 11-yardline.  A few plays later, he hit Witten again for a 4-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys on top 14-13 with 55 seconds left.

The Eagles had one last gasp, but on fourth down, Kolb was intercepted by Terence Newman, sealing the Eagles fate.

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