And that’s exactly what it became, although not the way the Eagles thought as the lined up for that first-down play, one that started the unraveling of a promising start that has landed the team at 6-9 with the season finale on Sunday.
"That one was tough," quarterback
"I think that game right there kind of defined our season," defensive tackle
The call the Eagles made on first-and-10 from the 41-yard line was simple enough, a handoff to rookie running back
The crowd at AT&T Stadium, quiet for most of a third quarter controlled by the Eagles, came to life a bit with the turnover, created when defensive tackle Terrell McClain beat center
“Fourth-quarter fumbling woes continue for the Philadelphia Eagles,” NBC’s Cris Collinsworth said on the broadcast.
Philadelphia’s defense held after the turnover, limiting Dallas to a 49-yard Dan Bailey field goal to make the score 23-16. The Eagles needed something to get regain the momentum. The offense returned to the field and drove the ball from the Philadelphia 25-yard line to the Dallas 32 as
On first down, Wentz pitched the football to wide receiver Josh Huff, who ran in motion from the left side of the formation to the right side, and Huff set himself and threw down the field for wide receiver
Working out the shotgun, Wentz handed off to running back
The snap from Kelce was low, but Wentz scooped it up and tossed behind the line of scrimmage to Sproles. Dallas sniffed out the play and linebacker Sean Lee knifed through some traffic, beating a gimpy Kelce (foot injury) to tackle Sproles for a 6-yard loss. It proved to be a critical loss of yardage. Head coach Doug Pederson sent the punt team onto the field and
Instead of a two-possession game, Dallas remained within 23-16. And the Cowboys promptly drove 90 yards for the tying touchdown and then, after the game went into overtime, won the toss and took the first possession down the field for a touchdown and the victory.
"Disappointed," he said, "knowing that we lost a game we felt we should have won. Being up 10 (points) with six minutes left to go ... those last six minutes we kind of derailed. It was definitely disappointing."
The Eagles lost the next week at the New York Giants to reach the midway point of the season, rebounded to defeat Atlanta one week later, and then lost five consecutive games before last Thursday’s win over the Giants. Dallas, meanwhile, has cruised all season and enters Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday 13-2 and a very legitimate Super Bowl contender.
What would have happened had the Eagles won that Sunday night game in Arlington, Texas? What if they had played those final 13 minutes better and held onto the double-digit lead? It’s impossible to know, but that loss in Dallas turned into a pivot point for the Eagles. No doubt the Week 5 loss at Detroit was a difficult one to swallow – made possible by a
"I'm not sure how it necessarily carried over for the rest of the season," safety
"Tough team, on the road, in the division. It's one of those battles you want to get back."