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Eagles Come Up Short Against Dallas, 27-20

The Eagles dropped a crucial NFC East battle to the Dallas Cowboys, 27-20, at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night.

With the game tied at 20-20 with less than eight minutes to go, the Cowboys marched down the field with ease and took the lead on a 1-yard rushing touchdown by running back Ezekiel Elliott. The Eagles brought the ball into Dallas territory on the ensuing possession but could not convert on a fourth-and-7 from the 35-yard line.

The Eagles' defense forced a three-and-out and took possession at their own 31 with 40 seconds to play. Completions to tight end Zach Ertz set the Eagles up for a shot at the end zone with 11 seconds to go. Quarterback Carson Wentz found Ertz, who then lateraled to wide receiver Golden Tate, but Tate was tackled as time expired.

With the loss, the Eagles dropped to 4-5 on the season. Wentz finished 32-of-44 for 360 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Wentz's favorite target once again was Ertz, who caught 14 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

Elliott had a big game with 151 yards on 19 carries. He also caught six passes for 36 yards and a touchdown.

The Cowboys' first half was defined by missed opportunities early. A turnover on the Eagles' second possession set the Cowboys up at the Philadelphia 38, but they settled for a field goal.

A fake punt helped the Cowboys move the ball deep into Eagles territory two drives later, but the Eagles stood tall and forced the Cowboys to settle for a 31-yard field goal, making the score 6-3 with 3:36 left in the second quarter.

In the first half, the Eagles' offense gained just 132 total yards. The first drive of the game went three-and-out and the second ended with a Carson Wentz interception.

The Eagles gained just one first down on the third drive and the fourth ended with a failed fourth-down attempt at the Dallas 20-yard line. The Eagles converted just 4 of 10 third-down opportunities and were 0-for-2 on fourth down. The Cowboys were 8-for-16 on third down.

The Eagles got on the board with a 56-yard field goal from Jake Elliott that made the score 6-3 with 1:33 left in the first half.

On the ensuing drive, the Eagles seemed to be in prime position to get the ball back with an opportunity to close the half with a score. But the Cowboys converted a third-and-15 with a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup.

Then the Cowboys proceeded to drive the rest of the field and score as Prescott dove over the goal line from 1 yard out to make the score 13-3 at halftime.

A ferocious Michael Bennett sack helped the Eagles stop the Cowboys on the first possession of the second half. The Eagles took the ball and cut into the Cowboys' lead with a 26-yard field goal from Elliott.

The Cowboys then came up empty, as kicker Brett Maher missed a field goal from 42 yards out.

The Eagles took advantage with a rhythmic drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to Ertz. Against a banged-up Eagles defense that lost cornerback Ronald Darby to a knee injury in the third quarter, the Cowboys responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown reception by Elliott to regain the lead, 20-13, with 11:42 to play.

As the fourth quarter began, the game quickly turned into a track meet as the offenses traded touchdowns.

On second-and-10 from the Eagles' 41, Wentz found wide receiver Nelson Agholor behind the defense for a 51-yard gain. Three plays later, Wentz threaded the needle to Ertz for the game-tying touchdown with 7:27 to play.

With the score tied at 20-20, the Eagles' defense needed a stop and didn't get it. The first two plays of the Cowboys' drive were a 17-yard pass to tight end Dalton Schultz and a 34-yard pass to Cooper. It set up the game-winning 1-yard score by Elliott.

Check out the best photos from the Eagles' Sunday-night clash against the Cowboys.

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