The much-despised Dallas Cowboys (7-8) swaggered into Lincoln Financial Field for a battle for first the NFL East against the Philadelphia Eagles (8-7).
Carson Wentz and the Eagles defense have been under the microscope all season as each has underachieved.
Leaders step up when needed and Wentz did just that with a 31 for 40 passing completion and 319 yards to go with it.
The Jim Schwartz defense, despite injuries all afternoon stepped up in a big way and held Dallas to only 14 yards in the first quarter.
Jake Elliott connected on a field goal and Wentz teamed up with the rising star, Dallas “Don’t Call Me Cowboy” Goedert to push the Birds to a 10-0 lead.
Philadelphia’s offense slowed down in the second quarter but the defense held the enemy to two field goals to close the half at 10-6 in favor of the home team.
Despite the Philadelphia dominance, the crowd was left with an uneasy feeling to begin the second half.
Dallas went on an impressive drive stopped at the Philadelphia 26 yard line which resulted in the field goal team coming out.
Hold that thought… Eagle Coach, Doug Pederson challenged the result of the last Dallas play and was rewarded with an overturned call that was ruled a fumble that Philly recovered.
Philly was having injury issues and Zach Ertz, Jalen Mills, and Fletcher Cox all left at some point with an injury.
Goedert filled in for Ertz and had a career day with 9 catches for 91.yards.
Mike Sanders was grinding out yards on 20 carries for 79 yards and a TD.
Dallas nailed a third field goal to make it an eight-point game at 17-9 and, in the final minutes were driving but an end zone pass on fourth down was broken up by reserve defensive back, Sidney Jones that seemed to seal the deal.
Dallas asked for a review due to defensive pass interference but the call was upheld.
Philadelphia simply needed to run out the clock and Mike Sanders did his part with a long run that put Philadelphia in first place.
Dis and Dat: Philadelphia can clinch the Division with a win over New York or a Dallas loss to Washington.
Philadelphia has now ripped off three straight wins after the Miami debacle.
The Dallas three-game win streak g over Philly was ended with the decision.
Oddly enough, the win was the first Eagle victory with 17 or fewer points since 2012.
A Philadelphia Division win would secure a wild card playoff game at the Lincoln either January 4 or 5.
Breaking News: The Eagles-Giants game start time has been moved to 4:35.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.