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Eagles Win OT Thriller, 33-27

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It was a wild one in Dallas on Sunday night as the Eagles and Cowboys met for the second time this season. The two teams went back and forth throughout the game, eventually needing overtime to determine a winner. The thriller came to an end after a 41-yard Jordan Matthews touchdown grab, sealing the 33-27 victory and bringing the team back to .500.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the night:

A Thrilling OT Victory

The Eagles started with the ball during the extra time, beginning the drive from their own 20. The team had a number of big contributors in what would be the eventual game-winning drive. DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford connected on a 14-yard pass, getting the team off to the start they wanted in overtime. Then, after moving to the Dallas 41-yard line, Bradford connected with Jordan Matthews on the biggest play of the night.

Sprinting down the right side of the field, Matthews was able to bring in the pass and took it to the end zone for six. The touchdown ended the game immediately, giving the Eagles a much-needed win over the Cowboys. In all their years of meeting, this game marked only the second time the two teams needed extra time to determine a result.

Wild Fourth Quarter

Tied at 14, the Eagles and Cowboys each scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia's lone touchdown in the final 15 minutes came off a Jordan Hicks pick-six, while Dallas scored on a Dez Bryant reception. Caleb Sturgis kicked a 53-yard field goal to retake the lead, but Cowboy Dan Bailey was able to tie it again with seven seconds remaining. His 44-yard kick hit the upright but bounced back toward the middle and over the crossbar for three.

Hicks For Six

With Dallas quickly moving the ball down the field in the fourth quarter, Hicks once again came up big for the Eagles' defense. On second-and-7 quarterback Matt Cassel threw toward Darren McFadden from the Philadelphia 33. The linebacker stepped in front, intercepted the ball and took off to the end zone. He returned the ball 67 yards for the first pick-six of his career and gave his team a 20-14 lead. The rookie also recorded six tackles in the game before he left the field with an injury.

Running Backs Make The Offense Go

In their last three games prior to Sunday night, the Eagles averaged 173.7 yards per game on the ground. Against the Cowboys, that success in the running game continued, with Philadelphia going for 173 yards on 34 carries (5.1 yards per attempt). Murray garnered the bulk of the attempts, rushing 18 times, and Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles ran 11 and 5 times, respectively.

Murray also played a large role in the passing game, accumulating 73 receiving yards. On the Eagles' first drive of the second half, Bradford hooked up with Murray for the team's biggest play of the game, a 44-yard completion on a wheel route that brought Philadelphia into Dallas territory. The reception is now the longest of the running back's career, surpassing his previous high of 34 yards.

Big Calls Chip

After putting together one of their more methodical drives of the season in the second quarter, the Eagles found themselves inside the Cowboys' 10-yard line with a fresh set of downs. After a run on second down in which Sproles appeared to extend the ball across the plane of the goal line but was deemed just short, an incomplete pass set up a fourth-and-goal play inside the Dallas 1-yard line. After calling a timeout, Chip Kelly decided to go for it, and Murray bullied his way into the end zone on a run over center. The rushing touchdown was the fourth for Murray this season.

Graham Making Cassel's Job Difficult

Linebacker Brandon Graham accumulated seven tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles throughout the night. He's one of just five Eagles since 1994 to notch two sacks and two forced fumbles in the same game. Unfortunately, Philadelphia was unable to recover either loose ball.

Johnson A Wall At Left Tackle

After a number of adjustments along the offensive line due to the injured Jason Peters, Lane Johnson made his first career start at left tackle. Throughout the night, he went up against Greg Hardy, arguably Dallas' best defensive lineman. Johnson, however, was able to continually shut down Hardy, limiting him to just two tackles and one sack during the game.

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It was a wild one in Dallas on Sunday night as the Eagles and Cowboys met for the second time this season. The two teams went back and forth throughout the game, eventually needing overtime to determine a winner. The thriller came to an end after a 41-yard Jordan Matthews touchdown grab, sealing the 33-27 victory and brining the team back to .500.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the night:

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A Thrilling OT Victory

 

The Eagles started with the ball during the extra time, beginning the drive from their own 20. The team had a number of big contributors in what would be the eventual game-winning drive. DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford connected on a 29-yard pass, getting the team off to the start they wanted in overtime. Then, after moving to the Dallas 41-yard line, Bradford connected with Jordan Matthews on the biggest play of the night.

Sprinting down the right side of the field, Matthews was able to bring in the pass and took it to the end zone for six. The touchdown ended the game immediately, giving the Eagles a much needed win over the Cowboys. In all their years of meeting, this game marked only the second time the two teams needed extra time to determine a result.

A Wild Fourth Quarter

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Tied at 14, the Eagles and Cowboys both scored 13 points in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia's lone touchdown in the final 15 minutes came off a Jordan Hicks pick six, while Dallas scored off a Dez Bryant reception. Caleb Strugis then kicked a 52-yard field goal to retake the lead, but Cowboy Dan Bailey was able to tie it again with seven seconds remaining. His 44-yard kick hit the upright but bounced back toward the middle for three.

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Hicks For Six

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With Dallas quickly moving the ball down the field in the fourth quarter, Hicks once again came up big for the Eagles' defense. On second-and-7 quarterback Matt Cassel threw toward Darren McFadden from the Philadelphia 33. The linebacker stepped in front, intercepted the ball and took off to the end zone. He returned the ball 67 yards for the first pick six of his career and gave his team a 20-14 lead. The rookie also recorded five tackles in the game before he left the field with an injury.

Running Backs Make The Offense Go

In their last three games, the Eagles have averaged 173.7 yards per game on the ground. Against the Cowboys, that success in the running game continued, with Philadelphia going for 173 yards on 34 carries (5.1 yards/attempt). Murray garnered the bulk of the attempts, rushing 18 times, and Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles ran 11 and 5 times each, respectively. 

After putting together one of their more methodical drives of the season in the second quarter, the Eagles found themselves inside the Cowboys' 10-yard line with a fresh set of downs. After a run on second down on which Sproles appeared to extend the ball across the plane of the goal line but was deemed just short, an incomplete pass set up a 4th-and-goal play inside the Dallas one-yard line. After calling a timeout, Chip Kelly decided to go for it, and DeMarco Murray bullied his way into the end zone on a run over center. The rushing touchdown was the fourth for Murray this season.

Graham Making Cassel's Job Difficult

Through three quarters, linebacker Brandon Graham notched seven tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He's one of just five Eagles since 1994 to notch two sacks and two forced fumbles in the same game. Unfortunately, Philadelphia was unable to recover either loose ball.

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