Philadelphia played just good enough to win offensively and played very well defensively to upset Dallas at home Sunday afternoon at Texas Stadium, 10-6. In a close game where the Cowboy’s Tony Romo couldn’t come up with the winning drive in the last moments of the game, Dallas also suffered several key injuries.
Andre Gurode and Chris Canty both had injuries to their left knees and Anthony Fasano left the game with a concussion. S Pat Watkins also left the game late with an ankle problem. The defense played well but couldn’t stop Bryan Westbrook and Tony Romo injured the thumb on his right hand and proceeded to throw three interceptions and fumbled twice. Jessica Simpson in the stands didn’t seem to help his concentration either as he overthrew several passes to Terrell Owens and other receivers. Jason Witten had another great game going over 100-yards on 11 catches, but no TD’s as the Dallas offense failed to score a touchdown for the first time this year. Likewise, T.O. only had two receipts for 37-yards and no TD’s.
It was a very poor showing by the Dallas offense, but DL Jay Ratliff made Jerry Jones’ decision to extend his contract five years seem like a very good one. He had 2 sacks, several tackles and put pressure up the middle consistently all afternoon. Overall, the defense played well enough to win, but the offense wasn’t there and had it’s worst production of the season. Granted the Eagles needed this win much more than the Cowboys, they played well defensively. Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb may have silenced their critics at least for one week.
The Cowboys can still clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win at Carolina next week. The Panthers’ loss today ensure the Cowboys a first-round bye in the post season.
Other than the injury problems of the game, CB Anthony Henry will more than likely get a stiff fine from the NFL for a first quarter hit on Eagles TE Matt Scobel. No flag was thrown on the play, but the commentators agreed that there was helmet-to-helmet contact on the blow. Romo will get an MRI tomorrow on his thumb and no information is available yet on the status of Gurode and Canty.
The Cowboys are going to have to hope to get a lift from the return of WR Terry Glenn and not suffer any more injuries if they intend to make a run in the playoffs. Home field for the NFC Championship wouldn’t hurt things either. They should rebound next week and clinch in Carolina against a banged -up Panthers team that won Sunday but overall has had a tough season.