Sunday, December 12, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Eagles 30, Cowboys 27
By Matt Mosley
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Let's take a quick look at the Philadelphia Eagles' comeback 30-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys:
What it means: The Eagles are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East -- until we see what happens with the Giants Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. And technically the Eagles will have the lead no matter what happens to the Giants by virtue of their win against New York at the Linc. This was a gut-check win for the Eagles, who trailed 20-14 in the third quarter. Quarterback Michael Vick once again took too much punishment and threw a couple of interceptions, but he made plays when the game was on the line.
Jackson stings the Cowboys: You might recall DeSean Jackson vowing to sting the Cowboys' [rears] in a tweet before last season's playoff game. He didn't make good on that promise last season, but he made up for it with a huge game against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Jackson had four catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. For some unknown reason, the Cowboys were caught off guard when the Eagles opened the game with a deep ball to Jackson. It set up an early Eagles touchdown and they led, 14-10, at halftime.
The goat: On Jackson's 91-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins foolishly tried to dive in order to break up a short pass near the sideline. Jackson caught the pass and then raced for the game-winning touchdown. Safety Gerald Sensabaugh took a poor angle toward Jackson on the play, so we'll also assign him a little blame. On the first play from scrimmage for the Eagles, Jackson beat Terence Newman for a 60-yard reception. Vick had all day in the pocket before delivering a perfect pass.
Vick can't do this every week, can he? The Eagles have to do something to keep Vick from taking so many shots. The Cowboys hit him repeatedly -- both legally and illegally in this game. When players such as fullback Owen Schmitt get embarrassed by DeMarcus Ware, Vick is going to get leveled. LeSean McCoy is a superb running back. Why not mix in a few more running plays in the first three quarters. McCoy took over late, but he deserves even more touches.
Here comes the big game: The Eagles (9-4) have done their part to set up a great matchup against the Giants in the Meadowlands next Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. Now, we'll see if the Giants (8-4) can do their part against the Vikings after taking several flights due to inclement weather and faulty Teflon.