From the days of Lee Roy Jordan to Michael Irvin and now Tony Romo, we HATE the Cowboys and it shows. Everythings bigger and better in Texas, America's team. A team that hasn't been to a Super Bowl since 1995 still desperately clinging to that persona. Yes we get it, you won a lot of Super Bowls a long time ago and we have none. You most likely were still in diapers when your "beloved Boys" won all those rings but you truly are a diehard Cowboys fan, in Pennsylvania. Sounds normal, Dallas is only 1,400 miles away. I digress, on to Sunday Night!
The stage was set for the ultimate showdown, the ultimate rivalry, do or die, win or go home. Forget Yankees-Red Sox, Auburn-Bama; Eagles-Cowboys is the the wiz on the steak. All the odds rested in the Birds favor. The Chip-show, high speed, #2 Total Offense Philadelphia Eagles vs. the sorry sack, dead last ranked defense of the Dallas Cowboys. The #1 rushing attack led by the leagues rushing champ, Shady McCoy, vs the 27th ranked Cowboys. QB Tony Romo out with back surgery, it seemed too good to be true.
It wasn't pretty but the Eagles got it done and made the big plays when it counted. With a 24-22 win in Dallas the Birds clinched their first NFC East Division crown since 2010 and head back home to host the 6th seed New Orleans Saints Saturday night at the Linc!
Nick Foles completed 17 of 26 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and no INT's capping off a record breaking season for the Eagles second year QB with a division title! It wasn't the prettiest game in a breakout year for Foles but he got the job done and made the big plays when it mattered, catapulting the Eagles to the playoffs.
"It's exciting, Chip's done a great job," Foles said after the game. "The players have done a great job of buying in. When adversity happens in games, guys really stay together. We lean on each other. That's what its all about, playing for each other. We believe in each other."
A fumble by Foles, a 4th and goal fail from the 1-yard line, a defense that couldn't get to Orton, the odds were falling out of favor for the Eagles. The stage was set for the Cowboys, down 2, with good field position and plenty of clock, to steal the NFC East title.
With a Romo-less offense the Cowboys moved the ball well all game, led by veteran QB Kyle Orton. But with 1:49 to play the outcome looked all to Romo-esque as Orton threw a ball behind Miles Austin right into the hands of Brandon Boykin, sealing the victory for the Birds.
"The atmosphere was crazy," Foles said. "We had a lot of Eagle fans here."
The flock flies home for Saturday nights divisional playoff game with the Brees-led New Orlean Saints. The Eagles searching for their first playoff win since 2008. We fight on!