ARLINGTON, Texas --The Eagles needed all of their playmakers to shine in order to knock off the Dallas Cowboys.
That included DeSean Jackson, the dynamic Pro Bowl wide receiver and punt returner who scored 12 touchdowns in the regular season.
Jackson scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb with 13:30 remaining in the game. However, it was too little, too late as the Eagles fell 34-14 to the Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the NFC playoffs.
"We came out here and were able to play with them for a while, but it just got out of control," Jackson said. "It's embarrassing once again. We never planned to lose like this. To be back out here in the same environment with the same result is very disappointing."
Jackson finished with three catches for 14 yards and the touchdown. In three games against the Cowboys, Jackson had eight catches for 90 yards.
"They just outplayed us. Their guys played better than our guys. Their coaches did better than our coaches ... We have to be accountable, man up, and take it for what it is," Jackson said.
On the touchdown, the Eagles showed a creative wrinkle. Jackson lined up outside the left tackle and flexed out wide to the left. McNabb took the snap out of the shotgun and threw a screen to Jackson who went into the end zone untouched.
"It would have been nice (to get the ball more), but I'm a player so I have to do whatever is called," Jackson said. "Just go out and play and do what I can to the best of my ability out there. We just came up short."
Before the touchdown, Jackson's biggest play was a hustle play in the third quarter. After Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins intercepted a McNabb pass, Jackson came up from behind to force a fumble that was recovered by Reggie Brown. However, the Eagles still couldn't capitalize on the good fortune.
"I was always taught not to quit. I saw the interception and I saw 21 (Jenkins) in my way, so I'm a very competitive person and I'm going to do anything I can to get the ball back which I was able to do, but it wasn't enough for us to get the job done," Jackson said.
The Eagles were unable to get Jackson involved early. Jackson was targeted just once in the first half. His first reception came on a short crossing pattern for a gain of 4 with 10:27 remaining in the third quarter.
Even on punt returns, Jackson was kept in check. The league leader in punt return average and two-time NFC special teams player of the month this season had 9 yards on two returns.
"They did a good job overall," Jackson said. "I'm not going to be one of those guys who sits here and says, 'Oh, They didn't do this,' Look, they won. They outplayed us and they won."
And just a short time after Jackson was bestowed the honor of being the first player voted to the Pro Bowl at two different positions in the same year, Jackson's historic season has come to a close.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:40 p.m., January 10