Sunday, January 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 14, Eagles 13
By Calvin Watkins
PHILADELPHIA -- A season that started with Super Bowl talk for the Dallas Cowboys came to a thrilling end in wet Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. The Cowboys finished their season on a positive note with a 14-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Instead of thinking about what seed they will get in the postseason, the Cowboys were left to wonder how high their draft pick will be and who the new coach will be. The offseason will begin with a coaching search, the potential purge of several underachieving players and preparations for the draft.
What it means: The Eagles loss didn't mean anything in terms of their playoff seeding. Philadelphia was already locked in at the No. 3 slot. The Cowboys finished the season 6-10. The last time they lost 10 games was in 2004 when they finished in third place.
Jason Garrett is the leader: Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he will start the process to find a new coach quickly, and it could be as soon as Monday. He will interview wide receivers coach Ray Sherman and a few others. Multiple sources said Garrett is the leading candidate to get the job, but Jones said nothing has been decided.
As for the game: Stephen McGee finished the last offensive drive of the season with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 55 seconds to play for the go-ahead score. Unlike last week when David Buehler missed a point after attempt, he made this one to break the tie. Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware had a strong game with three sacks and a 17-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. McGee got the start over Jon Kitna (hip) and struggled until the last drive. He completed 11 of 27 passes for 127 yards with one touchdown.
What's next: The Eagles go to the playoffs, and the Cowboys get ready for the East-West Shrine games, Senior Bowl, National Scouting Combine and various other events where college players get to show their skills.