After a sluggish first quarter, the Eagles' offense found a rhythm in the middle of the game that allowed the team to score 24 consecutive points and turn an early 21-0 deficit into a three-point advantage.
The Eagles scored on four straight drives - three touchdowns and a field goal. Two of the drives surpassed 80 yards in length. Philadelphia had all of the momentum in the world and then it evaporated into the chilly winter night. Unable to gain traction again, the Eagles lost to the Dallas Cowboys 38-27 on Sunday night.
"It was very frustrating. We fought our way back even after how badly the game started. We were really trying to go out there and get the win, but it didn't happen for us," said running back LeSean McCoy. "They played a lot harder. We knew they were going to come in and try to stop us. They just made plays at the right time. When we got going we really got going. We just slowed down at the wrong time."
McCoy had his best game of the season on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys rushing for 159 yards and a touchdown. Fully expecting some different looks from the Dallas defense, McCoy was kept in check to the tune of 64 yards on 16 carries. Dallas frequently deployed a safety into the box to keep tabs on the All-Pro running back. McCoy's streak of six-straight games of at least 100 yards rushing on Sunday Night Football came to an end.
In the third quarter, however, the Eagles had plenty of life after defensive end Fletcher Cox recovered a Tony Romo fumble at the Dallas 14-yard line. McCoy gained 6 yards and 3 yards which, combined with a penalty, put the ball at the 1-yard line. Even though McCoy didn't punch the ball in, he was the lead blocker for Darren Sproles as the two lined up in the backfield together to put the Eagles up 24-21.
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The problem was the Eagles stopped doing what allowed them to climb back into the contest.
"As an offense we executed and didn't turn the ball over," McCoy said. "We didn't make mistakes."
Dallas capitalized on two Mark Sanchez interceptions and a Brent Celek fumble to regain control of the game. The Eagles not only lost the game, but their hold on first place in the NFC East. Philadelphia can still win the division title, but they'll need to win - and get some help. First and foremost, McCoy is focused on what his team needs to take care of.
"All we can do is try and win out," McCoy said. "Take this next game against Washington and go in and win there."