Three key defensive stands in the fourth quarter propelled the Eagles to a 28-23 victory over the Dallas Cowboys to improve to 8-1 going into the bye week. With the win, the Eagles maintain the best record in the NFL and now hold a two-game edge in the loss column over the 5-3 Cowboys.
A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith caught touchdowns in the third quarter to put Philadelphia up for good.
"What an incredible win," Jalen Hurts said."What an incredible sense of perseverance and resilience from this team."
Find out how the game unfolded:
- TOUCHDOWN! Kenneth Gainwell found a burst of steam and tumbled into the end zone for a 12-yard score. The play before, Jalen Hurts found Dallas Goedert for a gain of 15 yards on fourth-and-3. The Eagles were 2/2 on fourth down during their opening drive, including using the Brotherly Shove on fourth-and-1 from their own half of the field. A.J. Brown had 46 receiving yards to spearhead the drive. (Eagles 7 - Cowboys 0)
"Having that trust from the coaching staff and going down and scoring, it felt good," Gainwell said.
- On their next drive, the Cowboys struck back. Dak Prescott found Jake Ferguson for a 4-yard touchdown. The play before, Prescott found CeeDee Lamb for a 29-yard gain on fourth-and-1 from the Philadelphia 23-yard line. (Cowboys 7 - Eagles 7)
- SACK! Haason Reddick got home to take down Prescott for a loss of 11 yards!
- However, the Reddick sack did not pay off as the Cowboys found their way down the field for a touchdown. KaVontae Turpin hauled in a quick pass on third-and-5 for a five-yard score. (Cowboys 14 - Eagles 7)
- TOUCHDOWN! Hurts found the end zone thanks to the Brotherly Shove! A penalty and fumble review that went in favor of Philadelphia helped the Eagles' cause. This was the quarterback's 33rd career rushing touchdown, passing the legendary Randall Cunningham for first all-time in rushing touchdowns by an Eagles quarterback. (Cowboys 14 - Eagles 14)
- SACK! Nakobe Dean and Fletcher Cox swallowed up Prescott in the backfield for a loss of 8 yards.
- Brandon Aubrey continued to be perfect in his NFL career on field goals. He gave the Cowboys the lead with a 51-yard field goal with 1:15 left in the half. (Cowboys 17 - Eagles 14)
- TOUCHDOWN! Hurts to DeVonta Smith for a 29-yard touchdown as the Eagles started the second half with a BANG! A run-heavy drive with big plays from D'Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny was capped off by a long passing score. (Eagles 21 - Cowboys 17)
"They came out playing a lot of man coverage on that drive, so we saw that opportunity and took advantage of it," Smith said.
- With a 5-yard catch in the third quarter, Brown eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards for the season, becoming the fastest player in Eagles history to reach that milestone (9 games). Mike Quick (1983) and Pete Retzlaff (1965) each crossed 1,000 receiving yards in 11 games.
- TOUCHDOWN! Just after surpassing 1,000 receiving yards on the season, Brown took a 3-yard pass into the end zone for a touchdown. Brown caught the ball on the far side, as Hurts was rolling to his left, evading two defenders while crossing the goal line. The 11-play drive went for 87 yards in 6:18. (Eagles 28 - Cowboys 17)
- DEFENSE! A defensive stand on fourth-and-1 by the Eagles' defense! Reed Blankenship made a terrific tackle at the half-yard line, stopping Luke Schoonmaker just short of the goal line. The original play was ruled a touchdown, but after review, the tight end was ruled short of the plane.
"It feels good to contribute like that," Blankenship said. "Our mindset is to get the ball in our offense's hands as much as possible, and luckily, we were able to do that."
- The Cowboys put together a quick drive to find the end zone. Prescott found Jalen Tolbert for a 7-yard touchdown. However, the Cowboys failed to convert the two-point attempt after Prescott stepped out of bounds before the ball crossed the plane. (Eagles 28 - Cowboys 23)
- BACK-TO-BACK SACKS! Brandon Graham took down Prescott on first-and-10 and Graham and Jalen Carter gobbled him up on second-and-17.
"One play at a time," Graham said. "You do not know when your play is going to come, that is what I stress to the guys all the time. It was cool to make the plays that we needed."
- DEFENSE! James Bradberry came up huge with a pass deflection on fourth-and-8 from the Philadelphia 29-yard line and the Eagles took over with 1:17 to go.
- DEFENSE! AGAIN! After a huge Josh Sweat sack, the defense stopped the Cowboys short of the end zone to seal the five-point victory! Darius Slay and Sydney Brown stopped Lamb at the 5-yard line. While pushing for extra yardage, the wide receiver fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Blankenship with no time left on the clock.
"Having the biggest play right at the end, I had never had it before," Sweat said. "Here it is and it is amazing."
"The last drive was crazy," Slay said. "My thought process is if he catches it, you have to tackle him, knowing they had no time left. We did a great job getting him down and got the dub."
"We are in a good spot right now and we are going to enjoy this bye week at 8-1 and get ready for the Kansas City Chiefs, who obviously are a great football team, and just continue to try to bust our butts to get better every single day," said Head Coach Nick Sirianni.
PHI QB Jalen Hurts: 17/23, 207 yards, 2 TD
DAL QB Dak Prescott: 29/44, 374 yards, 3 TD
PHI RB D'Andre Swift: 18 carries, 43 yards
DAL RB Tony Pollard: 12 carries, 51 yards
PHI WR A.J. Brown: 7 rec., 66 yards, 1 TD
DAL WR CeeDee Lamb: 11 rec., 191 yards
PHI LB Zach Cunningham: 10 tackles, 1 PD, 1 TFL
PHI S Reed Blankenship: 7 tackles, 2 PD, 1 FR
PHI DE Brandon Graham: 2 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 QBH, 1 TFL
DAL LB Damone Clark: 11 tackles, 1 TFL
DAL LB Micah Parsons: 9 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 QBH, 1 TFL
PHI K Jake Elliott: 4/4 PAT, 4 points
DAL K Brandon Aubrey: 1/1 FG, 2/2 PAT, 5 points