We’re almost there folks. The end of the nightmare that has been the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles season and with last night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys 38-33 the Eagles are now one step closer to the #1 overall pick for next year’s draft. The game had it’s highlights and lowlights. At the end though Tony Romo had the best 2nd half of his career and the defense once again looked like it couldn’t stop anything. The Eagles are now one game behind the league’s worse teams (Kansas City & Jacksonville.)
The second drive of the game gave the Eagles a 7-0 advantage with a 10 yard touchdown run by Bryce Brown in a quick 5 play 66 yard trek down the field highlighted by a 24 yard run by Brown on the first play from scrimmage and Nick Foles completing 2 passes to Brent Celek & Damaris Johnson. The offense never stalled or took a penalty and moved quickly down the field like the team has supposed to been able to do all year.
Dallas would get on the board on their next drive with Dan Bailey finishing off a 15 play, 59 yard drive with a 39 yard field goal to make the score 7-3. The Cowboys got as far as the 8 before penalities and a sack by Brandon Graham/Trent Cole held the team to just 3 points. The two teams traded punts before Brown broke a 39 yard run to the Cowboys 37 and 5 plays later he scored his second touchdown of the game with a 5 yard run. Eagles were up 14-3 and that was the biggest lead the team had had all season.
It was short lived as just 5:26 later DeMarco Murray took the ball into the end zone from 1 yard out to make it 14-10 Philadelphia. The drive by Dallas was highlighted by Romo hitting a wide-open Jason Witten for 18 yards down to the 1 as once again a receiver running a seam route was didn’t have anyone near him.
The half ended by the Eagles getting down the field quickly with Brown getting a 20 yard run and Foles completing a pass to Jason Avant for 29 yards to get them into field goal position and Alex Henery nailing a 43 yard field goal to put the Eagles up 17-10 at the end of the 1st half. That’s when the wheels fell off.
Romo took the Cowboys down the field in 7 plays and 80 yards to make the game 17-17 when Romo completed a 26 yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. The Eagles regained the lead on a touchdown pass from Foles to Riley Cooper and made it 24-17.
A huge play occured that swung all momentum in the Cowboys was when Murray looked like he was stopped short on a 4th & 1 at the end of the third quarter that was challenged by Dallas head coach Jason Garrett and was overturned even though I didn’t see anything on the play to do that. Cowboys scored 3 plays later when Romo hit Miles Austin over the middle for a 27 yard touchdown pass.
With the game tied at 24-24 the Eagles were able to drive it into Cowboys terrority before Foles threw an incomplete pass into the end zone on 3rd & 3 to Clay Harbor from the 24 and Henery kicked the 43 yard field goal to give the Eagles their last lead of the game.
Cowboys took over from there as Witten once again made a great catch to put the Cowboys on the Eagles 4 and one pass to Bryant and one weak tackling attempt by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gave the Cowboys a lead they would never surrender.
Brown’s fumble problems had thought to had been solved as he held onto the ball the whole game even as Cris Collinsworth kept talking about how loose he was holding on to it and that prediction came true as he fumbled as the reached the 50 and Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne ran it back to put the nail in the coffin. Even a punt return touchdown by Johnson couldn’t do anything as Foles missed a wide open Avant on the 2 point conversion and the Cowboys took the victory 38-33.
Tony Romo went 10-10 in the second half and was never sacked by an Eagles defensive line that was getting good push in the first half. The Eagles offensive line has looked to have come around as they protected Foles much better. Minus the fumble Bryce Brown has looked stellar in his short time of work but really must work on the turnovers. The special teams touchdown is something that looks like it might be finally coming around. The secondary continues to be awful. The tackling is atrocious. Kurt Coleman might be one of the most useless players in Philadelphia Eagles history. There’s some positives to take away and a lot of negatives. This is the team and what it is going to be at this point.Tags: Andy Reid, Brent Celek, Bryce Brown, Jason Avant, NFL, Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper, Tony Romo