Cowboys Win 37-17, Playoff Hopes Still Alive

Cowboys Win 37-17, Playoff Hopes Still Alive

The Dallas Cowboys will have a chance to win the NFC East.

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 37-17 on Sunday. Now, the Cowboys will need to win next week against the New York Giants to make it to the playoffs. However, they will need the Eagles to defeat the Washington Football Team next week as well. If Dallas wins, and Washington loses, the Cowboys are NFC East champions. With the way the season has gone for every team in the NFC East, surviving has been the key. With numerous injuries, including the loss of quarterback Dak Prescott, the Cowboys have not played like a playoff caliber team. With Andy Dalton at the helm, the Cowboys have captured three straight wins and now will have a chance to play in the playoffs.

How the Eagles Lost
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On the opposite side of the ball, the Eagles started the game off hot, scoring 14 points early in the game and at one point led 14-3. A 81-yard pass to returning DeSean Jackson cemented their early lead. However, after the injury to Fletcher Cox late in the first quarter, the tide shifted and Dallas took control of the game. While the Eagles seemed to be poised to make a comeback on numerous drives in the game, the Eagles could not find a way to score. Their inability to score points and defend the passing attack of Andy Dalton and Cowboys ultimately ended their chances to make it to playoffs.

Dallas Offense Comes Up Big
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Andy Dalton led the Cowboys to victory on Sunday completing 22 of 30 passes for 377 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His two favorite targets Sunday were Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper, each racking up 121 receiving yards a piece. Gallup scored two touchdowns, while rookie CeeDee Lamb scored his fifth touchdown of the season. Running back Ezekiel Elliott joined in on the offensive onslaught, carrying the ball 19 times for 105 yards. Elliott stated after their win, “If you gave up five, six weeks ago, we wouldn’t even want you on our side. We’re competitors. The whole team is. We weren’t out of it. Gotta win next week and need a little help from the guys we just played.”

Hurts Again Plays Well, But Team Could Not Score
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For the Eagles, Jalen Hurts again played well, but could not keep the team in the game. Hurts, making his third start of the season, completed 21 of 39 passes for 342 yards, once touchdown and two interceptions. The rookie also led the team in rushing yards with nine carries for 69 yards. Miles Sanders carried the ball 15 times for 57 yards and a touchdown, while also catching four passes from Hurts for 27 yards. Hurts spread the ball around to his Eagles receivers and tight ends, with seven players catching more than one pass Sunday. However, DeSean Jackson would lead the Eagles in receiving yards after catching his 81-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

The Dallas Cowboys will head to MetLife Stadium next week for their season finale against the New York Giants. With a win against the Giants, they will have a chance to make the playoffs. In order to do so, the Cowboys will need help from the team they just beat this week. If the Eagles defeat the Washington Football Team, and Dallas wins, they are in.

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