Highs, lows of Wade Phillips era

November, 8, 2010
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The top five and bottom five moments from Wade Phillips' tenure as the Cowboys' coach:

High-5

  1. Dallas defeats Philadelphia, 34-14, in the 2009 NFC wild-card game, Phillips' first playoff victory of his career and the first Cowboys playoff win since 1996.
  2. The Cowboys defeat the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints, 24-17, on Dec. 19, 2009, ending what appeared to be another December swoon.
  3. Cowboys win Phillips' regular-season opener, defeating the New York Giants, 45-35. It was the first of five straight wins as Cowboys coach for Phllips.
  4. Wade Phillips and Jerry Jones
    AP Photo/Eric GayWade Phillips' reign as coach of the Dallas Cowboys ended Monday.
  5. Dallas beats Detroit, 28-27, on Dec. 9, 2007, to clinch the NFC East. The club was 12-1 at the time.
  6. A 24-0 win over Philadelphia at Cowboys Stadium in front of 100,621 is the club's second straight shutout of 2009 and has team on roll headed into playoffs.

Low-5

  1. Needing a win to secure a playoff appearance, the Cowboys are trounced by Philadelphia, 44-6, in the final game of the 2008 season. They fall to 9-7 and are out of the playoffs one season after going 13-3. The game comes one week after Dallas fell, 33-24, in the final game played at Texas Stadium in front of a sellout crowd and a gaggle of legendary Cowboys.
  2. After a first-round bye, the favored Cowboys lose to the Giants, 21-17, in the NFC divisional playoffs in the 2007 season. A 13-3 record turns into playoff disappointment.
  3. Despite all the excitement of the opening of Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 20, 2009, Dallas loses, 33-31, to the Giants in front of a record crowd of 105,121.
  4. In a 2010 season full of disappointing moments, Phillips watches as his team plays poorly in a 45-7 loss to Green Bay that drops them to 1-7.
  5. A Super Bowl favorite to start the season, the Cowboys desperately need a home win against the Giants. Instead, they lose 41-35 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated to fall to 1-5. Quarterback Tony Romo fractures his left collarbone and could miss the remainder of the season.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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