Eagles vs Cowboys score: Dak Prescott throws five touchdowns, breaks Tony Romo’s single season record in Dallas rout
The Dallas Cowboys have made sure to prove their offense is one of the best in the NFL when it shoots at full blast. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t take the game as seriously as they did with their playoff spot secured.
Dak Prescott finished 21 of 27 for 295 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions, playing in the fourth quarter in a 51-26 rout for the Eagles. While the win is impressive for Dallas, Philadelphia seated quarterback Jalen Hurts and all of his starters aside from Jason Kelce (who lined up for the first snap), DeVonta Smith and TJ Edwards in it.
Prescott passed Tony Romo for the most touchdown passes in a season in Cowboys history at 37. He entered the game with 32 touchdowns on the night, four behind Romo for the franchise mark. (Romo threw 36 touchdown passes for the Cowboys in 2007). Ezekiel Elliott finished with 18 carries for 87 yards to give him 1,000 rushing yards this year, the fourth time in his career he has surpassed that plateau. Saturday was the first time Elliott passed 60 yards in a game since Week 6.
Gardner Minshew and the Eagles offense moved the ball well against the Cowboys first-half defense in the first half, but only managed to get seven points in the second half against the Cowboys defense. Dallas first team. Minshew finished 19 of 33 for 186 yards for two touchdowns and one interception in the loss, replacing the inactive Hurts. Kenneth Gainwell had 12 carries for 83 yards and one touchdown as Philadelphia rushed for 149 yards to set a franchise record for most rushing yards in a season. Smith had three catches for 41 yards. He passed DeSean Jackson for the most Eagles rookie receiving yards in franchise history (916) before being taken out of the game.
The Eagles can still get the No.6 seed if the 49ers lose and the Saints win. The Cowboys already have a secure home playoff game by winning the NFC East and the highest they can climb in the playoff standings is the No.2 seed, whom they’ll need help to reach on Sunday. If Dallas secures the No. 2 seed, the Cowboys will be guaranteed two home playoff games if they reach the divisional round of the playoffs.
Why the Cowboys won
Dallas argued he wanted some pre-playoff momentum after a brutal loss to Arizona that put the Cowboys out of the race for home advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Dak Prescott and the first team offense played well in the fourth quarter and the first team defense played deep in the second half. The Cowboys got the momentum they wanted against the Eagles’ second and third team defense, as Prescott threw five touchdowns and Dallas gave in for 475 yards of attack.
Prescott looked as sharp as ever and Ezekiel Elliott rushed over 60 yards for the first time since October. Dallas will play a much tougher defense next week, so it’s hard to understand how the offense went against a Philadelphia team that clearly had other intentions in Week 18.
Why the Eagles lost
The Eagles have decided to rest all but three of the starters in this one, having already clinched their playoff spots next week. Their first team starters might not have beaten the Cowboys either, but they would have fought better. It was a 17-17 game at one point and the Eagles rushed for 149 yards, but the defense allowed Dallas to score touchdowns on seven of nine possessions. It’s hard to beat any soccer team this way, whether a coach is playing their starters or not.
The Cowboys managed to score 14 points in the 3:40 first-half final, as Prescott went 4-for-6 for 42 yards on the go-ahead to give Dallas a 23-17 lead. with 1:48 to play in the second quarter. Prescott threw a 26-yard pass to Amari Cooper in the second and third to establish his 2-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz on the drive – one that Dallas made look easy on the field.
After the Eagles played just six games trying to score before half-time, Arryn Siposs had a bad punt that amassed 21 yards and allowed Dallas to score again starting at the line of 43 yards from Philadelphia. Prescott scored 3 of 4 for 43 yards on the rush that culminated in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Schultz that gave the Cowboys a 30–17 lead at halftime – a run that only lasted 19 seconds. That practice took away any hope the Eagles had been upset and Dallas went from there.
Dak Prescott passing Tony Romo for the Cowboys single-season touchdown pass gets the nod here. Prescott found Corey Clement in the fourth quarter for his fifth touchdown pass of the game – his 37th of the season to set the record.
Prescott found Clement – an Eagles Super Bowl hero – for the 8-yard score that ended up being his last assist of the night. He finished just five yards under 300 on the night, but ended up with a 151.8 passer rating in the game.
âI really wanted to make sure some guys were healthy to get this team ready for the playoffs. The goal is to win playoff games, not just reach the playoffs. – Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni on his starters rest in the regular season finale.
The Eagles played three games in 13 days and saw their playoff spot sealed, so there was no reason to play their starters in a game where the highest seed they could win is the lead. series # 6 – which they can get anyway with a Saints win and loss for the 49ers on Sunday. Philadelphia wanted to make sure they had a week off before the playoffs, giving Hurts more time to get his ankle back to 100%.
The Cowboys and Eagles will play in the playoff wildcard round next week. The date, opponent and time will be determined on Sunday evening.