When the Cowboys managed to walk into the locker room at halftime, they were feeling pretty good about themselves.
But there was nothing to feel good about once the returned to the field for the second half.
Because the Eagles absolutely dominated the rest of the game outscoring the Cowboys in Dallas 30-0 in the second half as Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns. Even more impressive? Three 2-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Luke Elliott to a head injury as the Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East with a 37-9 victory.
Thing is, the game looked like it would be a shootout when the teams scored on the game’s first three possessions as the Cowboys sandwiched a pair of Mike Nugent field goals around a Kenyan Barner touchdown run.
But then it was a missed field goal by Elliot followed by seven kicks—six of them punts and one of them another Nugent field goal that put the Cowboys up 9-7 at the half.
But the second half was all Philly as the team scored TD’s on their next three possessions. First, it was a Corey Clement 11-yard run, then a Torrey Smith 11-yard reception, and then a 17-yard pass to Alshon Jeffrey to put the Eagles up 29-9. [sound byte]
And then just three plays later Dak Prescott was hit as he went to pass fumbling way the ball only to be picked up by the Eagles Nigel Bradham and returned 37 yards for the Eagles fourth TD of the half. [sound byte]
And just like that, Ezekiel Elliot can only hope the Cowboys have a wild card spot within reach when he gets back.
Because the 9-1 Eagles have all but clinched the NFC East.