The Philadelphia Eagles were in the drivers seat early during this tight game on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles would eventually stick it out for the 24-22 win, as they would fight for their berth into the playoffs, earning a record of 10-6.
Philadelphia would seem to be in control through the beginning portions of the game, dominating the early play and leading 17-10 at the half.
Foles and Celek would have two key connections in the second quarter. Celek would have a 35-yard reception before capping off the Eagles 2-play 49-yard drive to give Philadelphia the 17-7 lead. Foles would hit Lesean McCoy earlier in the half for a 3-yard touchdown during the play action.
The Eagles defense would yet again be the standout in the game. They would continue to make Dallas generate fourth downs and would get a key stop on fourth down during the closing minutes of the third quarter.
Apart from Jason Witten, no one on the Dallas Cowboys offense could generate much productivity. Although Witten had 135 yards, the rest of the Dallas receivers would get 185 more yards. And Demarco Murray would only add 51 yards to the total offense through rushing.
Four sacks couldn’t even stop the Eagles offense from getting the better of Big D. A Bryce Brown touchdown with a bit more than 6 minutes left in the game would put in what seemed like the nail in the coffin, giving the Birds an easy win.
Kyle Orton would lead his Dallas Cowboys up the field one last time in the game and connect with Dez Bryant for a 32-yard touchdown. Dallas would not convert the two point conversion, leaving the score at 24-22.
Philadelphia would soon come up empty on their next drive, leaving Dallas in control of their own destiny, late in this Week 17 finale.
Brandon Boykin would get the key take away in the closing minutes of the game, after Kyle Orton made a poor decision throwing the ball through a congested middle of the field.
Lesean McCoy would break Wilbert Montgomery’s Philadelphia Eagles franchise rushing record of 1512 yards with 1607 yards. Shady would also earn this year’s rushing title and a pro-bowl spot.
Philadelphia will gain the third seed in the NFC playoffs as they look to take on the New Orleans Saints at home. The Eagles will look good in their first playoff game under Chip Kelly after gaining so much momentum in the past two weeks. Look for a close game in this match up between two potent offensive teams.