Philadelphia Eagles: The importance of week 17

Philadelphia Eagles: The importance of week 17

There was, of course, still one more game left on the slate, as the Cowboys had to travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in their 2017 finale.

Quarterback Dak Prescott threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Cowboys held on for a 6-0 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at frigid Lincoln Financial Field.

With the loss, the Eagles finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and failed to win the meaningless game that would have given them their first 14-win season in franchise history. He had a passer rating of 9.3. He pinned the Cowboys inside the 5 with his punt and later placed one at the 1.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott, in his second game back from suspension, pounded out 103 rushing yards with another 38 gained receiving.

His first career tackle came with six minutes to go in the first half when he brought down wide receiver Ryan Switzer after a 6-yard reception.

For the all the optimism that this fact can give Bird fans going into the playoffs, the Eagles have not played a complete game in the last three weeks and don't look like a team that's the prohibitive favorite to make it to the Super Bowl. It was the first time in a Cowboys-Eagles game since the series began in 1960.

With the offenses struggling, a case could be made that the stars of the game were actually the punters. Chris booted the ball eight times with four of those downed inside the 20-yard line.




These two teams have been playing since 1960. Finally, the zero was taken off the board with that fourth quarter score, which admittedly was an impressive touchdown drive.

Dallas' offense was anemic despite their first team being matched up with nearly all Philadelphia backups, and the defensive guys deserve credit for that from Jim Schwartz all the way down to the special teams players. The receiver also pulled in a big 30-yard catch during the possession, finishing with a game-high 50 receiving yards. Then came one of the worst football games I've ever had the misfortune of watching.

The only thing left at that point was whether or not the defense could pitch the shutout.

Now just one year later, the script is completely flipped.

You just never know, and even if those things don't happen, it's worth appreciating this team vastly overachieving what most thought they were capable of.

Rapoport reported the Eagles will give Jones playing time against the Cowboys on Sunday, allowing the former Washington star a chance to make his National Football League debut in the regular-season finale. That was also the last time Philadelphia was blanked. The Eagles have already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and the Cowboys have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture.

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