An Eagles-Cowboys matchup doesn't need any special introduction. Here are some notes and stats to get you ready for this afternoon's showdown ...
Quarterback Michael Vick is only player in NFL history with 3,000 pass yards (3,018), 20 pass touchdowns (21), 500 rushing yards (676) and seven rushing touchdowns (9) in same season. Vick aims for fifth game in row with pass and rush touchdown.
Running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 149 yards in last meeting. He has 2,617 scrimmage yards, most by Eagle in first two seasons. He also leads NFL running backs with 78 catches.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson had four catches for 210 yards (52.5 avg.) and a touchdown (91 yards) in last meeting. It was the most yards for player with four or fewer catches in game in NFL history. Jackson has scored 24 touchdowns (17 receiving, 4 punt return, 3 rushing) in career and averages 48.4 yards per touchdown (1,162 yards).
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin needs 36 yards for first 1,000-yard season.
Tight end Brent Celek had career-high 10 catches (97 yards) last week. He aims for third game in a row at home vs. Dallas with a touchdown.
Rookie tight end Clay Harbor had first-career touchdown last week against Minnesota.
Defensive end Trent Cole has five sacks in career vs. Cowboys.
Strong safety Quintin Mikell aims for third division game in row with an interception.
Since start of 2006, cornerback Asante Samuel has 36 interceptions, most in NFL.
Defensive end Juqua Parker has 2 sacks in past 3 meetings.
Quarterback Jon Kitna passed for 446 yards and had 100.5 rating in last game at Philadelphia (2007 with Det.). Kitna has four 300-yard games in 2010, tied for his most in season.
Quarterback Stephen McGee completed 11 of 17 (64.7 percent) for 111 yards with 1 touchdown vs. 0 interceptions for 102.8 rating last week in 1st NFL action.
Running back Marion Barber aims for third in row with rushing touchdown.
Including playoffs, running back Felix Jones has 10 career touchdowns (8 rushing, 1 receiving, 1 kickoff return) and averages 45.1 yards per touchdown (451 yards). He has a touchdown (3 rushing, 1 kickoff return) in four of five meetings (including playoffs) and averages 55.8 yards per touchdown against the Eagles.
Running back Tashard Choice has a rushing touchdown in three of past five games.
Tight end Jason Witten leads all NFL tight ends with 90 catches and 956 yards.
Wide receiver Miles Austin needs 21 receiving yards for second consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Linebacker DeMarcus Ware has 8.5 sacks in 12 games vs. Eagles (including playoffs).
Linebacker Bradie James has three sacks, an interception, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in past five meetings vs. Eagles (including playoffs).
*-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 8:30 a.m., January 2 *