It was a back-and-forth game in Dallas, but the Eagles weren't able to come away with the victory. The Cowboys scored the winning touchdown on the opening possession of overtime as quarterback Dak Prescott found tight end Jason Witten from 5 yards out, ending the game by a final score of 29-23.
Here's the complete recap.
Birds Strike First, But Dallas Answers Back
On the Eagles' first offensive drive of the night, they were able to move up to the Dallas 41 before quarterback Carson Wentz was stopped on a third-and-1 attempt. However when Philadelphia punted, Dallas had too many men on the field. The penalty resulted in a first down for the Eagles, who were then able to turn that into three points. With 6:44 on the clock in the first quarter, Caleb Sturgis nailed a 30-yard field goal to put the Eagles up, 3-0.
But, the Cowboys quickly came back. Quarterback Dak Prescott connected with Dez Bryant for a 53-yard gain on the second play of the drive, moving to the Philadelphia 22. From there, running back Ezekiel Elliott picked up 15 yards on the ground and the team ended its drive with a 7-yard Prescott rushing touchdown. The seven points gave Dallas its first lead of the evening.
Defense Holds Cowboys To Three
With 3:10 remaining in the first quarter, the Cowboys got the ball back and went to work. Elliott forced his way toward the end zone, with three touches for significant yardage, but the Eagles' defense was able to stop Dallas on a third-and-5 attempt. It forced the Cowboys to settle for a 38-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter.
Mathews Ties It
Down by a touchdown with 8:46 to play in the first half, Philadelphia was still looking for its first trip into the end zone. Beginning with great field position at the Dallas 45-yard line, the Birds utilized their run game. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles both helped the Eagles move to the 13-yard line. Shortly thereafter, following a Dallas holding penalty, Mathews ran his way to the touchdown from 1 yard out. The Birds tied the game, 10-10, with 3:45 left in the second.
With the Cowboys on the Philadelphia 7-yard line, it looked as though Dallas was about to score the go-ahead touchdown to end the first half. Instead, it was Jordan Hicks picking up where he left off in AT&T Stadium. Prescott threw a pass intended for receiver Brice Butler in the end zone, but it ended up in the hands of the Eagles' linebacker. Hicks returned an interception for a touchdown in his AT&T debut in 2015.
The interception gave the Philadelphia offense the ball back at its own 20 with 1:26 remaining in the half. Wentz moved the offense quickly, getting the team to the Dallas 37. Sturgis then came out to kick a 55-yard field goal, a new career long for the kicker, and give his team the lead heading into the locker room.
Wentz Sets A Franchise Record
The Eagles added to their lead during the third quarter when Wentz and Jordan Matthews connected on a 5-yard touchdown with 6:22 left in the quarter. The passing touchdown, the quarterback's ninth of the season, set the Eagles' franchise rookie record for most passing touchdowns. The record was previously held by quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Huff Turns On The Jets … Again
For the second week in a row, Josh Huff came up big on special teams. With the third quarter coming to a close, Huff got ready for a kickoff return, fielded the ball and took off. He ran the football 53 yards, allowing the Eagles' offense to have great field position, starting the drive at the Dallas 45. The team was able to add another three points to the score, thanks to another successful Sturgis kick, with 14:13 left to play.
Cowboys Capitalize On Eagles Turnover
Rookie Wendell Smallwood had the first fumble of his NFL career with 13:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. Dallas recovered and the turnover resulted in a Cowboys field goal, bringing the score to 23-16, Eagles.
Cowboys Even The Score Late To Force OT
Up by seven points, the Eagles' defense took the field but unfortunately, that lead would soon be gone. With 3:11 on the clock in the fourth, Prescott connected with wide receiver Dez Bryant on a 22-yard touchdown pass to even the scoring at 23-23. As the clock hit zero, the tie meant the game would go to overtime. The Cowboys were able to score a touchdown on the opening possession, ending the matchup. Prescott found tight end Jason Witten for the six points and the Dallas victory.
Another Milestone For Sproles
During the third quarter of the game, Sproles moved into eighth place on the NFL's all-time list for all-purpose yards, surpassing LaDainian Tomlinson.
Guard Allen Barbre (hamstring) left the game in the first quarter and was later ruled out. He was replaced by veteran Stefen Wisniewski.
The Eagles traveled to AT&T Stadium for a Sunday Night Football contest with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.