After takeaway, Cowboys missed big chance

December, 30, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas – In playoff games and games that are most like the playoffs, including the Dallas Cowboys’ 24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, possessions have to be maximized.

Midway through the third quarter the Cowboys let a chance to take a lead slip through their fingers after Jason Hatcher forced a Nick Foles fumble that DeMarcus Ware recovered at the Philadelphia 20-yard line.

A first-down pass from Kyle Orton to Jason Witten gained a yard. On second down, Orton and DeMarco Murray had a mixup on a handoff, and Murray did all he could to get back to the line of scrimmage. On third down, Orton’s check-down pass to Murray picked up a yard.

An offense that excelled in the red zone for most of the season stalled when it mattered.

“We turn the ball over and they were able to cash those in,” coach Jason Garrett said, referring to the Eagles’ 10 points off of Cowboys giveaways. “We got a great takeaway there and we weren’t able to go down and knock it in. We had to settle for the field goal. Obviously when you get in that situation you want to drive it and go score a touchdown.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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