Eagles Cowboys Score
November 9, 2009 by USA Post
PHILADELPHIA – In a game this close that went down to the wire, there are always a handful of plays that often go unnoticed.
In the Cowboys’ 20-16 win over the Eagles, narrowing the list to five is tougher than usual.
Many plays turned the momentum around, but here are five plays that made a difference in the final outcome.
- Down Field Too Early Linebacker Curtis Johnson hadn’t played in four games, so it’s not a surprise he made a mistake in special teams coverage. Johnson was flagged for running down on the punt team too early, negating the Cowboys downing a punt on the Eagles’ 3. After a re-kick, the Eagles got the ball out to the 16, a more manageable operating room for McNabb, who led the Eagles down the field for yet another field goal, trimming the Cowboys lead to 7-6.
- Cowboys Waste Opportunity Take your pick on the Cowboys’ final possession of the first half, but they squandered a golden chance to score a touchdown just before halftime. Leading 7-6, the Cowboys used a 64-yard completion to Patrick Crayton to get them in striking distance. But Romo missed Roy Williams on a slant in the end zone, and then missed him again, although it appeared Asante Samuel should’ve been flagged for pass interference. On third down, Romo avoided a sack but missed a wide open Jason Witten in the back corner of the end zone. His incomplete pass set up a field goal for Nick Folk, making the score 10-6 at halftime.
- Screen To McCoy The Eagles, playing without Pro Bowl back Brian Westbrook (concussion), used one of his staple plays to score their first touchdown. Donovan McNabb eluded a rushing Anthony Spencer to dump off a screen to LeSean McCoy, who raced 45 yards down to the Cowboys’ 15. Two plays later, McNabb tossed a touchdown to tight end Brent Celek, giving Philly its first lead.
- Fourth-Down Stop While this was a big play because the Cowboys stopped McNabb and gave the offense the ball back at their own 45, the fact that Philadelphia used their last challenge and final timeout proved big in the end. Not only did the Cowboys score five plays after they stopped McNabb from getting a yard on a quarterback sneak, but later in the game, they were able to run out the clock with two first downs because Philadelphia had lost two timeouts because of failed challenges.
- Butler Did It Playing for an injured Anthony Spencer, Butler came up with a huge sack on third down late in the game. With McNabb scrambling and appearing to have room to make a first down, Butler dove at the quarterback’s feet, just barely tripping him up for a one-yard loss. Not only is that Butler’s third sack of the season, but it forced a field goal attempt by David Akers that cut the lead to just 20-16. Even if McNabb doesn’t get a first down, it’s likely they would’ve gone for the fourth-down conversion.
So many plays to choose from, but those are five plays that shaped the course of this game.
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