Philadelphia took control of the NFC East on Sunday evening, avenging a blowout loss to Dallas earlier in the year by not allowing a touchdown in a 17-9 win over the Cowboys in Week 16.
If the Eagles beat the Giants to close the regular season next week, they will win the division, and Dallas’ season, which began with Super Bowl aspirations, will end missing the playoffs entirely.
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Quarterback Carson Wentz was stellar for Philadelphia, going 31-for-40 passing for 319 yards and a touchdown, leading an offense that didn’t commit a turnover. The Eagles scored on each of their first two possessions, taking a 10-0 lead to the second quarter.
Dallas kicked a pair of field goals to cut the deficit to four points at halftime, but couldn’t pull any closer. A touchdown just before the end of the third period put the Eagles up 17-6, and the Cowboys offense never got it together.
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After not throwing this week due to an AC joint injury, Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott was a bit erratic Sunday. There were plenty of missed open receivers in his 25-for-44, 265-yard line.
For the Cowboys to avoid total disaster and sneak into the playoffs, they will need to beat the Redskins and have New York upset Philadelphia next week. If not, it seems the Jason Garrett era in Dallas will come to an unceremonious end.
Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the NFC East showdown in Week 16 below.
(All times Eastern.)
Cowboys vs. Eagles final score
Cowboys vs. Eagles live updates, highlights
Final: Eagles 17, Cowboys 9
7:30 p.m.: Wentz hits Goeddert for a first down, and that should do it. Philadelphia is in the driver’s seat to win the NFC East.
7:25 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Cowboys. Dallas stalls just inside the 20. A sack on second down, incompletions on third and fourth. The Cowboys still have three timeouts left, so a three-and-out would extend the game.
7:21 p.m.: Two-minute warning hits as the Cowboys enter the red zone.
7:17 p.m.: Dallas takes over at its own 8-yard line following an Eagles punt. Less than five minutes to go.
7:08 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. A 49-yarder makes it an eight-point game with about eight minutes left. Eagles 17, Cowboys 9.
7:00 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, Eagles. Elliott misses his second of the game, this time from 55, this time shanked quite badly.
End third quarter: Eagles 17, Cowboys 6
6:44 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Eagles. Philadelphia with a pretty routine drive just before the start of the fourth quarter, highlighted by a 38-yard pass to Greg Ward and capped by a 1-yard run from Miles Sanders. Dallas trails by two scores. Eagles 17, Cowboys 6.
6:24 p.m.: Malcolm Jenkins recovered the fumble, evidently, and Philadelphia takes over.
6:21 p.m.: FUMBLE, Cowboys. Tony Pollard coughs it up on a third-and-1, though he’s ruled down initially. The Eagles challenge, and it’s clear he fumbled, but who (if anybody) recovered it will be a bit tougher to decide.
6:16 p.m.: Dallas is across midfield on the opening drive of the second half.
5:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. Dallas (too) easily gets down to the 14-yard line and makes a 32-yarder with three seconds left. Prescott completed all four of his passes on the drive, for 16, 6, 13 and 8 yards. Eagles 10, Cowboys 6.
5:47 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, Eagles. Jake Elliott is wide right from 53 yards. Dallas has a chance to answer with about 30 seconds left and all three timeouts.
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5:42 p.m.: Ertz is back.
5:32 p.m.: Ertz took a hard hit early in the game.
5:19 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, Eagles. Philadelphia throws incompletions on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1. A bit questionable, perhaps. Dallas takes over on its own 33.
5:09 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Cowboys. Dak Prescott narrowly avoids a sack on third-and-10, then scrambles and the Eagles avoid surrendering a first down. A field goal makes sure Michael Gallup’s 41-yard reception earlier in the drive doesn’t go to waste. Eagles 10, Cowboys 3.
End first quarter: Eagles 10, Cowboys 0
4:46 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Eagles. The Philadelphia defense got off the field, and the offense marches down the field again . This time, it ends with a 6-yard pass from Wentz to Dallas Goedert. Big start for the Eagles and Wentz, who is 9-for-11. Eagles 10, Cowboys 0.
4:35 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Eagles. Philadelphia settles for a field goal after a good opening drive. Eagles 3, Cowboys 0.
4:28 p.m.: Philadelphia is quickly to midfield.