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Fourth Quarter Review: NFC East Champs!

Posted Dec 29, 2013

Trailing 17-16, the Cowboys started the fourth quarter with the ball deep in their own territory, but a Miles Austin catch took the ball into Eagles territory at the 49-yard line. But the Eagles defense would clamp down, setting up a fourth-and-one play from the Eagles 40. Kyle Orton would go play action and look for DeMarco Murray out of the backfield, but Connor Barwin would have none of it. Barwin timed his leap perfectly and knocked the pass down, giving the Eagles the ball.

With a new sense of life, the Eagles offense went to back to work. A Riley Cooper reception took the ball into Cowboys territory, and then the Eagles got back to what they do best- run. LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown went to work, taking the ball deep into Cowboys territory. After McCoy picked up a crucial third-and-one, Brown would take it in from six yards out, putting the Eagles up 24-16.

Starting at their own 20 with around six minutes remaining, the Cowboys would lean on the pass. Orton would find Orton, his favorite target on the night, down the middle for a gain of 34 yards, into Eagles territory. The Eagles defense stepped up, forcing a fourth-and-nine situation from the Eagles 32-yard line. With their season on the line, Orton found Dez Bryant over the middle. Bryant would break a Patrick Chung tackle and romp 32 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. With the score 24-22, the Cowboys went for two to try to tie the score. Orton would look for Bryant again, but Cary Williams made a huge play, sticking his arm out to knock the ball away.

The Cowboys would kick it deep, giving the Eagles the ball back with just over four minutes remaining. The Eagles would run the ball twice, but on third down, Nick Foles would hold the ball as long as he could to find an open receiver before sliding to keep the clock moving. At the two minute warning, the Eagles were facing a fourth-and –short from their own 18.

Donnie Jones would hit a terrific 56-yard punt, pinning the Cowboys at their own 32. But on the very first play, Orton would go over the middle, but Brandon Boykin would step in the way of the pass, coming up with the biggest defensive play all season for the Eagles. Boykin’s sixth interception of the season all but secured the Eagles win.

LeSean McCoy would pick up one first down, and with that, the Eagles secured the NFC East title, beating the Dallas Cowboys 24-22.

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