On a night where the defense had to play their best, the Cowboys got a good effort, but in the end it wasn’t good enough. The Eagles got 210 yards receiving by DeSean Jackson and soared past a Cowboys team that held a 6 point lead halfway through the third quarter.
The Cowboys knew that they needed to shut Eagles QB Michael Vick down if they wanted to win this game. In one area they did, Vick didn’t beat them with his legs, only tallying 16 yards rushing on 8 attempts, although one went for a score. It was Vick’s rocket arm that stole the show. Facing a first and ten at the Cowboys 9-yard line, Vick rocket a laser to DeSean Jackson who ran a simple “out” route. Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins dove for the ball that he missed by no more than an inch and Jackson hauled it in, made a nice move and was off to the races.
“When he gets the ball in his hands, you better make sure you tackle him and tackle him with more than one guy,” Garrett said. “They threw to him eight times; he caught four and was awfully productive when he did.” The understatement of the day. Jackson had 4 catches for 210 yards and the go ahead score.
It wasn’t all glum for the Cowboys though. While Cowboys QB Jon Kitna had two interceptions, he also had 2 touchdowns, both to Jason Witten, and kept the Boys in the game for most of the night. The Cowboys defense also had a couple of picks which contributed to the Cowboys holding their own for much of the game.
When it came right down to it the Cowboys couldn’t stop the high-flying Eagles and their stable of weapons. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy added 149 yards on 16 carries and the Eagles were able to simply outlast the Cowboys in the end.
The Cowboys will regroup and look to avenge this loss next week when they face another hated rival, the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium.