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Eagles nab NFC East title thanks to late pick
- Updated: Dec 30, 2013
Eagles Win NFC East
ARLINGTON, Texas – Nick Foles and Philadelphia's high-scoring offense wanted slightly assist from the defense to ensure it was the identical previous sad ending for the Dallas Cowboys.
Foles threw two touchdown passes, one to NFL speeding champion LeSean McCoy, and Brandon Boykin had a game-sealing interception to assist the Eagles beat the Cowboys 24-22 in a win-or-go-house sport for the NFC East title Sunday night.
The Cowboys misplaced to a division rival with a playoff berth on the road for the third straight year, and no person can blame Tony Romo for this crushing loss.
Kyle Orton, filling in two days after Romo underwent back surgery, had Dallas about 40 yards from area goal range with 1:forty nine remaining. But he threw behind Miles Austin on the first play, and into the arms of Boykin.
"We stored fighting. We believed in one another," stated Foles, who was 17-of-26 for 263 yards after throwing for less than eighty in a 17-three loss to Dallas at dwelling. "When the offense was struggling, the protection picked us up."
The Eagles (10-6) will host New Orleans in a wild-card recreation Saturday night time, whereas the Cowboys (8-eight) have now dropped a finale to every division rival the past three seasons and have missed the playoffs 4 straight years. Dallas is 136-136 since the begin of the 1997 season.
"It is unthinkable, actually, to me to be sitting here three years in a row and this game finally ends up placing us at500 and this recreation eliminates us from going to the playoffs," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated.
McCoy, who had a 3-yard scoring catch, rushed for 131 yards to finish with 1,607 yards and turn out to be the primary Philadelphia operating again to win the dashing title since Corridor of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949.
"With the stats and the information, none of that stuff means anything, in case you do not win in the long run," McCoy mentioned. "That is crucial thing."
The Eagles gained the division for the primary time since 2010 a yr after going 4-12, which led to Andy Reid's departure and the hiring of Chip Kelly and his fast-paced offense from Oregon.
Dallas trailed 24-16 when Orton threw a 32-yard touchdown go to Dez Bryant. Orton went back to Bryant for the 2-level conversion, however Cary Williams dove to punch the ball away.
However the Eagles, with the second-ranked offense in the NFL, could not run out the clock towards the league's worst defense. Foles even tried to throw on third down, however had to slide wanting the first down when no person was open.
Boykin took care of things from there.
"It definitely wasn't our greatest, but some guys got here up with some huge plays after we needed them to," said Connor Barwin, who knocked down a fourth-down go earlier within the fourth quarter.
Romo was the quarterback for losses the previous two seasons to the New York Giants and Washington – and towards the Eagles in the identical scenario in 2008.
The Cowboys have been down 10-zero early in the second quarter and by no means led, however nonetheless discovered a solution to make it interesting with out Romo and defensive leader Sean Lee, who was out with a sprained neck.
Regardless, Dallas is barely the third team in NFL historical past to complete with three straight 8-8 data, based on STATS. And those are in Jason Garrett's three full seasons as coach.
"You feel an amazing sense of pleasure about how the staff played, how they fought, how they scratched, how they clawed, how they battled," Garrett said. "However having mentioned that, we didn't get the job accomplished."
Orton, who was 30-of-forty six for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first begin in two years, was the primary Dallas starter not named Romo in an elimination recreation since a playoff loss to Carolina with Quincy Carter beneath center in the course of the 2003 season.
The Cowboys weren't shy about throwing with out Romo.
Trailing by one, Dallas tried to go on fourth-and-1 from the Philadelphia forty early in the fourth quarter, and Barwin knocked down Orton's throw to DeMarco Murray, who was open in the flat.
That decision came after Garrett called a timeout moments earlier than the Eagles would have been known as for a false begin on fourth down from the Dallas 1. The defense bailed him out by stuffing Foles on a sneak.
After the Cowboys' failed fourth-down try, Foles led a steady march to Bryce Brown's 6-yard run for an eight-point lead with 6:09 remaining.
had three subject targets and made his final 21 of the season. He was 28 of 30… McCoy had 134 yards from scrimmage and completed with 2,146 to interrupt
's workforce file of 2,104 from 2007… Murray had 51 yards rushing and completed with 1,124, essentially the most for Dallas since
had 1,203 in 2000… Eagles WR
had 28 yards for No. 2 on the franchise's single-season receiving yardage listing with 1,332. Mike Quick had 1,409 in 1983.
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