Saturday, January 9, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 34, Eagles 14
By Dan Graziano
ARLINGTON, Texas -- So maybe the Eagles really don't match up very well with the Cowboys. Dallas put aside 13 years of playoff futility while drubbing the Eagles for the second consecutive weekend.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who had lost his previous two playoff games, was masterful against the Eagles on Saturday night. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 244 yards and had two touchdowns. It was the third time the Cowboys had beaten the Eagles this season and now they'll travel to Minneapolis next Sunday to play the No. 2 seed Vikings in a divisional playoff game.
And if you thought Donovan McNabb struggled against the Cowboys' pass rush, just wait until you see what 40-year-old Brett Favre does. The Cowboys have the hottest quarterback in the NFC and they have the best defense. Playing in the Metrodome will be tough, but the Cowboys have already gone into New Orleans and won a game in front of a hostile crowd.
For the second consecutive game, the Eagles had no answer for the Cowboys' running game. Felix Jones had 16 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. His 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter ended any hopes of an Eagles comeback. He raced around the right side and then used a wicked cut on cornerback Joselio Hanson to get to the end zone.
The Cowboys rushed for 199 yards -- and they didn't even need Marion Barber to get it done. After three carries early, Barber sat out the rest of the game with a sore knee. The only excitement for the Eagles was a 76-yard completion from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin that briefly tied the score in the first half.
Wade Phillips now has his first playoff win and he'll likely have a contract extension to follow.