with Bryan Broaddus
with Ambar Garcia
A forgettable effort to close out the season. Dak Prescott had accuracy issues, completing just 17-of-30 passes for 179 yards.
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The Cowboys ran for 132 yards as a team and averaged 4 yards per carry. The pass protection could have been better.
PLAYER of the game
Ezekiel Elliott topped 100 rushing yards (103) for the fifth time this season and for the 12th time in his young career. Through 25 games, he now has 2,614 rushing yards, which is second behind only Eric Dickerson (2,771) for the most by a player after 25 games in NFL history. Elliott’s 97.8 rushing yards per game in 2017 led the league.
Beasley's amazing catch
BY THE NUMBERS
It was a busy day for Chris Jones as he punted eight times for 356 yards with four of those downed inside the 20-yard line. The eight boots tied for the third most in a game for his career, while his yardage total was also the third highest. For the season, he downed 34 punts inside the 20, which is a new career high and the second most in team history. He also had the third-fewest returns (18) in the NFL and led the league with the fewest return yards (75).
Another solid day for the young DBs. Two different Eagles quarter- backs combined for just 173 passing yards.
Daniel Ross and Datone Jones had sacks, and DeMarcus Lawrence added a half-dozen hurries. The Eagles ran for just 70 yards.
• The victory over the Eagles gave Dallas its 36th season with a winning record (9-7).
• It also served as the Cowboys’ 200th win in the NFC East and closed out the Cowboys’ 2017 record against their divisional rivals at 5-1, and 200-72 overall. They finished with a 7-5 mark against the NFC.
• The win also improved the Cowboys’ record in season-enders to 25-33 and 12-23 on the road.
• With a 0-0 tie at halftime, it marked the fifth time in team history, and the first game ever in the Cowboys-Eagles series, that both teams were scoreless at the half. The last time it happened was at Detroit on Nov. 3, 2002.
• It was also the first time in franchise history that neither team scored through the first three quarters.
• With the win, Dak Prescott notched his 22nd career victory to tie Ben Roethlisberger (2004-05) and Andrew Luck (2012-13) for the second-most wins by a quarterback in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. Russell Wilson (2012-13) has the most wins with 24.
• Prescott attempted 30 passes to move past Steve Pelluer (922) for seventh in team history (949).
• Prescott also rushed for 16 yards to give him 357 on the year and overtake Roger Staubach’s 1971 performance (343) for the most rushing yards by a Dallas quarterback in a single season in team history.
• Anthony Brown and Daniel Ross each recorded his first career sack.
• Chidobe Awuzie earned his first career interception.
Chris Jones was solid, but is it time to be worried about Dan Bailey? He has struggled since returning from a groin injury.
Tough sledding for Ezekiel Elliott, as he toted the rock 27 times for 103 yards. He was the only consistent thing about the offense.
Things haven’t always gone well for Brown this year, but he finished up the season on a high note. He totaled one sack, a quarterback hurry, a tackle for loss and a pass defensed against the Eagles, while his six tackles overall also ranked second on the team. Consider this a solid building block for 2018.
SCOUT s TAKE
It seemed like the tight ends struggled to help with the blocking. It was especially noticeable with Tyron Smith sitting out.
PLAY of the game
The Cowboys’ victory marked only the 29th time in NFL history, playoffs and regular season, that a team has shut out its opponent while scoring six points or less. The last time it happened was on Nov. 26, 2007 when Pittsburgh defeated Miami, 3-0. This was the fewest combined points for the Cowboys in the regular season. In the 1970 divisional playoffs, Dallas squeaked out a 5-0 win over the Lions.
Don’t tell Sean Lee this game was meaningless, as he was still all over the place. Jaylon Smith had a nice day as well.
Jason Witten: Dallas Cowboys'
All-Time Leading Receiver
The Cowboys’ young defensive backs continued to shine. The team allowed only one 300-yard passer this season (Philip Rivers) and seven times surrendered fewer than 200 yards, including in each of the last three games. Philadelphia managed only 173 yards through the air. Dallas gave up 3,449 passing yards in 2017, the team’s lowest total since the 2008 season.
Ryan Switzer had a decent day, and Brice Butler caught a TD. But in cold, windy conditions, the receivers had just 111 yards.
Outstanding game for DeMarcus Lawrence. He was matched up with one of the better offensive tackles in the league in Lane Johnson and he owned him. Johnson had no answer for Lawrence’s first step and that was surprising. As good as Lawrence has been all season, in my opinion this was his best game – not from a numbers standpoint, but because of the quality of player he was able to have success against.
After sitting out the previous three games, Butler had the two biggest offensive plays of the day, both of which came on the same fourth-quarter possession. He first hauled in a 30-yard pass on second-and-22 at the Dallas 7-yard line, and then he capped off the drive with a 20-yard slant to the end zone.