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The Eagles lost a game they should have won against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday at AT&T Stadium, even without Jalen Hurts.

Four Eagles turnovers resulted in 20 points for the Cowboys and a 40-34 loss for the Eagles.

Despite the four turnovers, the Eagles were still in position to win the game. Gardner Minshew completed 24 of 40 passes for 355 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Eagles are down to 13-2 on aggregate and it’s their first road loss this season. The Eagles haven’t beaten the Cowboys in Dallas since the 2017 Super Bowl champion defeated Dallas, 37-9, on Nov. 19, 2017.

DeVonta Smith was incredible, leading the Eagles with eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense sacked six times for 43 yards.

The Eagles have two more home games to secure home-court advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Maybe this blip serves as motivation.

There was good, bad and a lot of bad in the Eagles’ 40-34 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.


DeVonta Smith caught a team-high eight passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns, including several huge catches, like receiving 22 yards on a second and 10 at the Dallas 41, putting the ball at the Cowboys’ 19, with: 33 to left, putting the Eagles in a position to win. His two touchdowns came on fourth and third downs.

Consecutive nine-yard sacks per Haason Reddick and Josh Sweatshirt with 8:39 left in the fourth quarter. Reddick and Sweat had Dallas blocked. The Cowboys faced a third-and-30 at the Dallas 29 and looked finished — and they weren’t. Reddick finished with 2.0 sacks and 1 FF, setting a new career high with 14.0 sacks this season. Sweat hit 10.0 sacks for the first time in his career.

The head coach Nick Sirianni deciding to go fourth-and-third at the Dallas 14 in their first practice of the second half. Minshew hit a wide open Smith in the end zone for a 27-17 lead. It was fantastic game design that completely confused Dallas. A.J. Brown came off the field and Smith, fielding left, ran between cornerback Trevon Diggs and strong safety Kayron Kearse – and, inexplicably, neither picked up Smith.

Minshew on the first drive of the second half. The streak was 77 yards on 10 plays and lasted 4 minutes and 37 seconds. Minshew completed four of five for 68 yards and finished it on the 14-yard touchdown pass to Smith. Minshew had navigated the ball, although on that drive his throws to Kenneth Gainwell for 20 yards on a third-and-nine, and Brown for 12 yards, on a second-and-nine, were darts. With 14:13 to go, third-and-10 at the Dallas 49, Minshew found Smith for a 19-yard gain to keep the Eagles’ ultimate drive going.

SweatThe 42-yard interception returns for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead for the Eagles. It was Sweat’s first career interception and first career touchdown in the NFL. He caught the ball straight out of the air on a first-and-10 at the Dallas 47. No one caught Sweat as he took off on the sideline. Sweat is the only defensive lineman in the NFL with an INT-TD this year. He is the first Eagles defensive lineman to do so since Juqua Parker on October 12, 2008 in San Francisco.

Eagles first drive. Granted, that only resulted in a 24-yard field goal from Jake Elliott, that was a good start. The big play was on the Eagles’ third game, when Minshew hit Brown on a 48-yard reception on an Eagles first-and-10 for 41. It established that Minshew could go deep early. Brown twisted his left ankle on the play.

nickel corner Avonte Maddox make a nice open-field tackle on CeeDee Lamb on a second-and-10 at the Dallas 30 on the Cowboys’ second drive. A few plays later, Maddox beat Tony Pollard for a first-and-10 loss on 43 to the Cowboys. Maddox then played another major game in the Cowboys’ first game in the second quarter, when he beat Prescott. to Dallas’ 43 for a 10-yard loss on a flicker chip play. Unfortunately, Maddox came off the pitch holding his left foot and then returned to the locker room in the first half and never returned.

tight end Dallas Goedert move up to snag another knockdown from Minshew on a first-and-10 for the Eagles 23 on their first practice of the second half. The 22-yard reception was all Goedert, who stopped Dallas free safety Donovan Wilson from intercepting Minshew a second time. The play revived the Eagles offense in the second half, which gave the Eagles a 27-17 lead.

Minshew finds Smith for a nine-yard touchdown with 9:59 left in the game. It was Minshew’s second touchdown connection to Smith, the first on a completed fourth down and the second, 34-27, on a third-and-seven on Dallas’ 9. Minshew threw an excellent timing ball which Smith carried to the goal line.

The bad

Security reed blanket had a difficult first half. On a third-and-seven with 5:19 left in the half, Sweat had jumped offside, giving the Cowboys a free game. Blankenship failed to recover in time to catch Lamb in midfield on a 26-yard reception to the Eagles’ 35. Lamb’s reception ultimately placed Dallas. kicker Brett Maher in position to throw a 21-yard field goal.

Eagles defense on Dallas’ second drive. The Cowboys went for 75 yards in 14 plays, going 7 minutes and 26 seconds behind. Prescott was 5 for 5 on the disc and the Cowboys converted two thirds and five plays – one in which the Eagles had Prescott within reach (see below).

Maddox started strong, however, he failed to get past Prescott when he was wrapped around Prescott’s ankles at the Cowboys’ 48 on a third-and-five. Prescott had enough time to hit Michael Gallup for an 8-yard gain on the Eagles’ 44. That preserved the Cowboys’ second drive and led to Dallas’ first touchdown.

Stunning Minshew Quez Watkins on a first-and-10 at the Dallas 30 with 10:28 left in the half. Minshew had Watkins and knew it. The Eagles still managed to score on the disc when Minshew scored on a stealthy one-yard QB. With 1:21 left in the half, Minshew then knocked down Smith on a second-and-four at the Eagles’ 46. The pass was almost intercepted.

The ugly one

With 8:02 remaining, cornerback Darius Kill and nickel plated corner Josiah Scottplaying for injured Avonte Maddox, leaving 33-year-old TY Hilton to run alongside them on a third and 30 at the Dallas 29 for a 52-yard reception. It looked like the Eagles defense was going to keep the Cowboys in check after back-to-back sacks for less than 18 yards. The game extended the Cowboys’ practice and ended with Prescott finding Lamb in the corner of the end zone for a 34-34 tie with 5:49 remaining. It should sound like a Philadelphia Christmas chime for a while—third-and-30.

Miles Sander‘ second fumble of the season on an Eagles first-and-10-25 with 2:19 remaining. Cowboys nose tackle Carlos Watkins fell on the ball at the Eagles 21. It was the Eagles’ fourth-highest turnover, two lost fumbles and two interceptions. Dallas scored on each of the Eagles’ four turnovers, translating to 20 points.

Recipient Quez Watkins getting beat by Dallas nickelback DaRon Bland for an interception at Dallas’ 40 with 4:24 left on a third-and-four. The Eagles’ third turnover led to 17 points for the Cowboys, who this time took advantage of Maher’s third field goal and a 37-34 Cowboys lead, Dallas’ first since taking the 14-10 lead early in the second quarter.

Boston Scott failing to retain possession during the Eagles’ second drive in the second half. On a first-and-10 on the Eagles’ 40, Minshew and Scott missed the transfer, which strong safety Jayron Kearse (who had a great game) jumped on the Eagles’ 31. It was the Eagles’ second turnover that resulted in a touchdown. It also came at an important time when the Eagles could have gone up two scores.

With: 24 remaining in the half, tight end Dallas Goedert getting called for a false start penalty when Goedert backtracked at the Dallas 29. This forced the Eagles to lose a significant timeout, and unfortunately the Eagles spoiled an ideal situation to come back with a touchdown.

On a second and 12 at the Eagles 43, on the first play of the second quarter, Minshew forced a pass intended for Watkins which was intercepted by Kearse at the Eagles 49. The Cowboys made the Eagles pay, turning the pick into a 14-10 lead.

Coverage blew on CeeDee Lamb’s 36-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. Scott let Lamb pass right by him, and Empty was totally exposed, coming late. Prescott easily hit Lamb for a 14-10 Dallas lead. The completion came on a third-and-six to 36 from the Eagles. Dallas had converted four of five third downs to that point.

Tear down getting nailed for illegal contact on Hilton on a fourth-and-eight on the Eagles’ 45 on the Cowboys’ first practice in the second quarter. This led the Cowboys to a 14-10 lead.

Giving up eight of the Cowboys’ 15 third down conversions and giving up 19 first downs via the pass. The Eagles offense has now turned the ball over seven times in their last two games.

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter based in the Philadelphia area who has written feature articles for,,,, Deadspin and The Philadelphia Daily News. In 2006, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for a special project for called “Love at First Beep”. He is best known for his award-winning article on about high school wrestler AJ Detwiler in February 2006, which appeared on SportsCenter. In 2015, he was elected president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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