The Cowboys were playing for jobs next year, and the Eagles were playing to stay healthy for next week.
But neither team played particularly well on Sunday as the Cowboys beat the Eagles 14-13 on a last-minute touchdown reception by tight end Jason Witten.
In what became a defensive slugfest, the two offenses combined for 289 yards passing, five turnovers and 15 punts. Of course, only the Eagles were resting the majority of their starters. Filling in for Michael Vick, quarterback Kevin Kolb did what he could with a second-string offense and thus, a limited playbook.
Kolb completed 18 of 36 passes for 162 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions (one of which came off a Hail Mary at the end of the first half and one came in desperation late in the fourth quarter). Head coach Andy Reid thought his once-starting quarterback played well with what he had to work with.
"I saw some good things, and there are some things that (Kolb would) tell you he has to work on," Reid said postgame. "Keep in mind that he's going against their (starters), and that's great work for him right there."
With Sunday's game behind them, the Eagles now turn their attention to the Green Bay Packers. In a five degree wind chill at Lambeau Field, the Packers defeated the Bears 10-3 in a game they needed to win to clinch the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs.
Now, as they did in Week 1, Green Bay brings their high-powered offense to Philadelphia to face what should be a well-rested Eagles team next Sunday at 4:30 PM in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs at Lincoln Financial Field.
"We look forward to that challenge," Reid said. "They have a good football team, and we have a good football team. It should be a heck of a game."
The Eagles will be sporting a much different starting lineup a week from now than they did Sunday afternoon against the Cowboys. Most notably, Michael Vick will be back under center after some much needed rest. Vick sustained a quad contusion on the first play from scrimmage against the Vikings, but worked out on the field before Sunday's game.
Reid said Vick was improving day-by-day, and he expects him back at practice Wednesday morning.
"He feels good," Reid said. "He had some swelling in the thigh and they worked that out. He got a nice workout in today, and he felt pretty good. I think he'll be fine."
-- Posted by Josh Goldman, 8:40 p.m., January 2