Eagles Break Down Cowboys 35-21

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    Philadelphia, PA - The last time these two teams played each other, the Dallas Cowboys were able to sneak away with a 34-31 win to keep their perfect season alive. The Eagles vowed revenge and circled this date as they welcomed the Cowboys to cozy confines of Lincoln Financial Stadium. You could tell just how amped up the Eagles were to play in this game as they raced out to a 21-0 lead. The Cowboys did show some resolve however as they battled all the way back to tie the game. However, a Brent Grimes pick 6 proved to be the difference as the Eagles defeated the Cowboys 35-21 to end any hopes of a perfect season. Bram Greenlea played well despite throwing two interceptions. The young QB completed 10-14 for 227 yards including 4 touchdowns. LeSean McCoy continued his strong play as he rushed for over 100 yards to keep the offense balanced. The true story of the game was the defense. The much improved pass defense of the Eagles picked off Jimmy Echavaria 6 times on the day to secure the win.

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    The first quarter of the game was all Eagles. They would take the opening kickoff and immediately went to work. Bram Greenlea would hit Jarius Wright on a simple out route but the shifty WR would shake off the CB and take it 77 yards for the touchdown. "Obviously a huge to get up on those guys early. Took some of the pressure off and allowed our defense to take some chances." The Eagles secondary began forcing their will against the Cowboys passing attack. They would force a punt on the next possession. Bram Greenlea would then get the legs of Shady McCoy involved. LeSean would not have any huge runs but they were consistently for 4 yards a carry and allowed the offense to set the pace. Once they got into the redzone, Greenlea would opt for playaction and would hit his TE Stephen Greenwald for a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead. The Eagles sensing blood in the water dialed up pressure on the next play and forced Echavaria into a bad pass that was picked off by Demeco Ryans. The good field position would yield results as the offense struck quickly with Greenlea hitting Jeremy Maclin who beat the single coverage and would score from 52 yards out.

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    The Cowboys would go back to work on offense but their drive would stall forcing a punt. The Eagles sensing their defense was hot went a bit conservative. A move that nearly bit them in the A$$. On a third down play, Greenlea would hit Mccoy on a screen play. However, the play was read perfectly by the Cowboys and Bruce Carter would force a fumble which Dallas would recover. The Cowboys would finally find paydirt as Lance Dunbar would sneak in from 13 yards out to cut the lead to 14. Dallas would receive a momentum bump on the next play from scrimmage as Greenlea would try to thread the needle but once again Bruce Carter would make a big interception to give the Cowboys more life. They would take advantage as Dunbar would score from 3 yards out to cut the lead to 7. Both teams would trade possessions before the end of the half but neither team could make any noise.

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    The second half saw Dallas start with the ball and make enough plays to get deep into the redzone. From there Echavarria would convert on a 3rd and goal play by hittng TE Taj Bryant to tie the game. "We were obviously a little delated once they tied the game. We were playing fairly well but a few miscues can cause some headaches. Luckily, we right the ship and responded by playing perhaps our strongest defensive football of the season." Said Coach KO

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    The Eagles would try to get back to the basics and bring McCoy to the forefront. The persistence of the run game allowed the Greenlea more time to survey the field and take advantage of run blitzes by the aggressive 4-6 defense of the Cowboys. Greenlea would find paydirt again as he would Maclin on a deep post route to take the lead for good. From there, it was all defense. The Eagles would manage two more interceptions late in the 4th quarter including a pick 6 by Brent Grimes that for all intensive purposes, sealed the game. Brandon Boykin would make the final interception as Echavarria tried to hit Dez Bryant deep down the middle of the field. With the win, the Eagles improved to 5-3 with an outside chance to get involved for the NFC East crown. The loss drops the Cowboys to 7-1 heading into their bye week before their big game against the 6-1 Giants.
     
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