Dallas Cowboys hold off Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys hold off Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys hold off Philadelphia Eagles

This is the first time the Eagles have been shut out at home since 2005, and thankfully, it came in a game that does not matter.

They are the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have home-field advantage throughout.

La'el Collins said Sunday after the win over the Eagles that he was pleased with his first season to start at right tackle for the Cowboys.

They'll have two weeks to work on a slumping offense before hosting a playoff game on January 13 or 14.

The Cowboys (9-7) managed to have their second consecutive winning season despite being eliminated last week from the postseason. It was 0-0 after 30 minutes.

In a game that featured putrid offense by both teams, Eagles' punter Donnie Jones was a force on special teams, punting the ball seven times for a 42.7 average. With nothing left to play for and health at the forefront of Philadelphia's concern, the Eagles sputtered in a awful, lackluster loss to their hated rival on home turf.

This was the first National Football League game to be 0-0 at halftime since the Bears-Broncos in Week 14 of 2011. The Cowboys marched 99 yards on 12 plays to reach the end zone with the points coming on a Prescott pass to Butler on a slant.

And then Dan Bailey missed the extra point, which fit in perfectly with the rest of this game.

Nick Foles struggled in one quarter, going 4 of 11 for 39 yards with one interception. Dak Prescott completed 56.7 percent of his passes, but did not have a turnover, finishing with an 85.3 passer rating.

With a week off before the Eagles host the divisional round, here are five instant observations from the game. He's the second player in the National Football League to do it this season, joining Matt Cassel.

Second-year pro Nate Sudfeld replaced Foles and was 19 of 23 for 134 yards in his first career game.


Offensive dud Foles was pretty awful in his four first-quarter drives.

All week, Pederson said Foles and the offense needed to keep building chemistry and get more reps before a two-week layoff, but Pederson yanked Foles after the first quarter while the game was scoreless and after Foles struggled. He wasn't targeted a whole lot and made some nice plays as a tackler, but he fell victim to the same double moves other Eagles have been torched on in recent weeks. He played really well.

With that, the Cowboys were then able to run 5:23 off the clock, Bailey getting one more try at a field goal with 16 seconds left. They finally gave up a score in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but it's hard to be mad at them given how they held up over the course of the game. Chris booted the ball eight times with four of those downed inside the 20-yard line. "I know who I am as a player, and I also know that throughout my career and my life I haven't always played great games, I've been in games where execution hasn't always gone like we wanted to, and the key is you remain confident because you know who you are, you know you're going to prepare every day to do everything to the best of your ability". But they didn't show much when they were playing.

He completed passes to Jeffery, wide receiver Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz on the first series.

Jones left briefly in the third quarter after cramping and didn't return, although he was listed as probable to return.

Frigid temperatures, a lack of excitement and New Year's Eve plans kept a lot of Eagles fans away from Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday's regular-season finale against Dallas. Douglas was beaten on the play. Then Donnie Jones drilled a ideal punt that went out inside the Cowboys' 1-yard line.

Elliott ran for 103 yards, falling 17 short of 1,000 in only 10 games. That was the Eagles' best chance to score in the first half.

Cowboys: Awuzie left the game with a shoulder injury. He should be good to go for the playoffs.

Five of Philadelphia's defensive starters — LB Nigel Bradham, DE Brandon Graham, DT Tim Jernigan, S Rodney McLeod, CB Jalen Mills — and one regular — DE Derek Barnett — were inactive.

This scoring drought came despite the Eagles sitting six defensive starters and using mostly backups in the second half.

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