Sunday, January 3, 2010
Cowboys in control at halftime
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Things are looking good for a home playoff game for the Cowboys.
Dallas leads the Philadelphia, 17-0, at halftime of the NFC East title game at Cowboys Stadium.
A victory for the Cowboys gives them either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed with another meeting with the Eagles either next Saturday or Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.
To get there, the Cowboys offense has been dominant and their defense has slowed down the Eagles high-powered offense.
Dallas scored on its first possession of the game for the fourth consecutive week.
This time it was a nine-play 80 yard drive ending when Tony Romo threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten for a 7-0 lead. Dallas pushed the lead to 14-0 when Patrick Crayton caught a 14-yard pass from Romo.
Philadelphia had a chance to get back into the game but Donovan McNabb failed to handle a low snap from center Nick Cole. The fumble was recovered by Jay Ratliff at the Cowboys 20 with 4:39 to play in the half.
The Cowboys took advantage of things and Shaun Suisham made a 44-yard field goal to push the lead to 17-0.
Romo played a strong first half completing 15 of 20 passes for 187 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. As an offense, the Cowboys have 291 yards to 156 by the Eagles.
This is looking like a blowout, much like last week vs. the Redskins.
If Dallas wins this game, it would be its second NFC East title under Wade Phillips in the last three seasons.