Eagles Edged By Cowboys 14-13, Will Face Packers Next Week

The Eagles host the Cowboys this afternoon most of the starters on the sidelines.

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Eagles Reserves Lose to Cowboys, Will Face Packers in Playoffs

Even though it didn’t matter, losing to the Cowboys never feels good. Without the use of most of the offensive and defensive starters, Andy Reid counted on Kevin Kolb, Jerome Harrison, Omar Gaither, and Trevard Lindley to beat Dallas. They were on top for about 75% of the game, but a typical Jason Witten drive at the end of the game pushed the Cowboys on top.

The player of the game was undoubtedly DeMarcus Ware. He scored the Cowboys first touchdown on a fumble recovery when Kevin Kolb coughed it up in his own red zone, then sacked him three times and bothered him countless more times throughout the game. Without Winston Justice and Jason Peters, the outside lanes were open for business for the Dallas defense, and Kolb was the victim of a number of hard hits. Anthony Spencer also added two sacks and a forced fumble.

Similar to recent weeks, the Eagles had a tough time finishing off tackles, allowing Stephen McGee to wriggle free too many times and only sacking him twice. He had a relatively effective game if you forget about all the dropped interceptions by the Eagles defense. He threw for 127 yards and ran for 55 doing much of what Joe Webb did to the starters on Tuesday. They’ll have to wrap up on even more agile Aaron Rodgers next week in order to advance to the next round.

Clay Harbor dropped a ton of passes and Jeremy Maclin didn’t catch a ball, but Chad Hall and Jerome Harrison made strong cases to get a few looks in the playoffs. They’re both quick and possess big play potential, which will come in useful against a dangerous team like Green Bay, who managed to stave off the Bears today.

Despite the loss, the game is a success for Andy Reid and company — Mike Vick, Asante Samuel, and everybody else who got a week off will be much fresher than the exhausted Packers team who had to fight tooth and nail against Chicago in order to secure the final spot. Should be an exciting week of prep — we’ll see what happens and if the extra rest for the starters help in the new season.

Eagles finish at 10-6 on the season, 3rd spot in the NFC.

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Eagles Vs Cowboys: Jason Witten TD Puts Dallas On Top

Who else would score a touchdown to take the lead against the Eagles than Jason Witten? He’s killed the Eagles for years — his highest touchdown total comes against Philadelphia. Even when Stephen McGee is throwing, Witten is still deadly against us.

With only 55 seconds left, the Eagles will have to get the ball to at least the 35 yard line if they hope to give David Akers a chance to win this game. Kevin Kolb won’t have much time to move the ball. Let’s see what he’s got.

Ball starts on the 20.

14-13 Cowboys.

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Eagles Vs Cowboys: DeMarcus Ware Scores on Kevin Kolb Fumble

Two Jerome Harrison rushes put the Eagles at a 3rd and 3 from their own 15 when Kevin Kolb rolled out of the pocket and left the ball unprotected. A diving Anthony Spencer knocked it away from behind, allowing DeMarcus Ware to scoop it up and run 17 yards into the endzone. That’s Kolb’s third lost fumble this season and something he has to work on when he becomes a starting quarterback somewhere.

Recent UFL signee Gerard Lawson just returned his first kickoff for 20 yards.

7-7 in the second quarter.

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Eagles Vs Cowboys: Chad Hall Catches First NFL Touchdown

After a nice punt return by Chad Hall, the Eagles only had 39 yards to go before paydirt. Kevin Kolb cut down on that significantly when he hit Jason Avant for 21 yards. Max Jean-Gilles went down with a leg injury, which hopefully isn’t serious enough to keep him out next week. As a precaution, he’ll probably sit the rest of the day, joining Winston Justice, Todd Herremans, and Jason Peters on the bench. He is walking on the sidelines. Nick Cole comes in and moves to right guard as Mike McGlynn snaps the ball.

Chad Hall, now getting some reps in the slot, went across the field on third down presenting an open target for Kolb, getting 10 yards and setting up a first and goal from the 6. After Hall took the direct snap to get to the four, Kolb ran around behind blockers, biding time before he could find who else but Chad Hall in the back of the end zone. This is the rookie from Air Force’s first NFL touchdown. He’s got a future in this league, and I hope it’s as an Eagle.

7-0 Eagles.

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Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson And LeSean McCoy Inactive Vs Cowboys

The Eagles have elected to rest starting quarterback Michael Vick today as they host the Dallas Cowboys in the season finale. Vick picked up a quad contusion last week on Tuesday against the Minnesota Vikings and coach Andy Reid expressed doubt earlier in the week whether he could be ready to go by this weekend. The fact that today’s game is virtually meaningless for the Eagles and has no bearing on their playoff seeding probably helped his decision along.

Vick isn’t the only Eagles starter resting today. DeSean Jackson who was battling a foot injury is out, Asante Samuel who has been getting over a knee injury won’t play either. LeSean McCoy, Winston Justice & Trent Cole are fine but will be rested. Stewart Bradley and Trevor Laws wont play, but appear to be legitimately injured.

So it’s a full on backup crew for the Eagles today led by QB Kevin Kolb. WR Jeremy Maclin is one of the notable offensive weapons who will start, Maclin needs just 36 yards to reach the 1,000 yard mark in just his second season. If he does so, he and DeSean Jackson will be the first WR paid in Eagles history to both reach a thousand yards in the same season.

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