Philly was impressive for the rest of the quarter and much of the third quarter, scoring on four separate drives and taking a 24-21 lead. However, Dallas answered back with a DeMarco Murray rushing touchdown at the end of the third quarter, and never relinquished the lead.
Turnovers were the main issue for the Eagles, with Josh Huff and Brent Celek losing fumbles and Sanchez throwing two picks. Huff's fumble came on the opening kickoff and allowed Dallas to score a quick touchdown, while Celek's fumble came later and stopped any momentum the Eagles had at coming back.
Obviously, falling behind 21-0 is tough for any team to endure. The Birds looked like they were going to go on and win when they took the 24-21 lead in the third quarter, but the mistakes that plagued them in the beginning of the game came back to haunt them once again.
The season is not over yet, with two games still to play for each team. The Eagles' last two games are at Washington and at the Giants, while the Cowboys are at home versus the Colts and then on the road at Washington. The Eagles HAVE to win both games to have a chance, but it can still happen. We just need to become big Indianapolis fans next week. In order to win this division title, the Eagles are going to need a little Luck.
Puns aside, it's a tough position that the Eagles put themselves here tonight, with no margin for error the rest of the way. Pretty much the only way to get into the playoffs at this point is to win both of the last two games while either Dallas loses once, the Lions lose twice, or the NFL does the right thing and bars any NFC South team from making the playoffs.
By: Dan Goggin
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