Last Time They Met: Eagles Pick Apart Cowboys

The numbers behind the Eagles 20-7 beating of the Cowboys in a virtually meaningless game near the end of the 2011 season.

17 photos
1/17
Getty Images
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles on the field during play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
2/17
Getty Images
Would Santa be feeling blue as the Eagles took on the Cowboys in Dallas on Christmas Eve? It depends on who Santa would be rooting for as the Eagles held off Stephen McGee (remember him?) and the Cowboys.
3/17
Getty Images
As Michael Vick led the Eagles on an opening scoring drive the Giants were putting the finishing touches on a win over their cross-stadium rival Jets. The G-Men win eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs if they beat the Boys or not...
4/17
Getty Images
...Vick and the Eagles beat an uninspired Dallas team 20-7. Vick was 18-of-32 passing for 293 yards, two TDs and no interceptions -- good for his second-straight 107-plus (107.9) passer rating.
5/17
Getty Images
Vick was set to face Tony Romo in the Christmas Eve showdown in Big D. But Romo lasted all of two passing attempts.
6/17
Getty Images
That's because Romo bruised his throwing hand on Dallas' opening drive. He was 0 for 2 for no yards before taking a seat.
7/17
Getty Images
Out went Romo in went third-year QB Stephen McGee.
8/17
Getty Images
McGee was 24 of 38 for 182 yards and a TD (a 83.4 passer rating) in relief.
9/17
Getty Images
McGee was hassled by an Eagles pass rush that recorded 11 QB hits and three sacks including this one by Trent Cole -- Cole's 10th sack of the season marked the fourth time in five years he hit double digits in sacks.
10/17
Getty Images
TE Jason Witten -- a guy known for big games against the Birds -- was held to just 24 yards receiving on four grabs.
11/17
Getty Images
With just seven seconds left, WR Miles Austin beat Joselio Hanson for the Cowboys only score. It was one of four grabs for 40 yards on the day for Austin.
12/17
Getty Images
With the game virtually meaningless and with starting RB Felix Jones nursing a hamstring injury, 12-year NFL veteran Sammy Morris carried 13 times for 29 yards in just his second game of the season.
13/17
Getty Images
The question entering Sunday was if Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could redeem himself after his defense was shredded for 34 points in the teams' ealier matchup. He would do better with his schemes but it wasn't enough.
14/17
Getty Images
Brent Celek caught two balls for 52 yards inlcuding this 13-yard TD on Philly's opening drive. It was the Eagles tight end's second score in as many weeks.
15/17
Getty Images
Riley Cooper only made one grab for 28 yards but he paid for it getting the wind knocked out of him after going up high to haul in the pass.
16/17
Getty Images
LeSean McCoy, who entered the game as the NFL's second-leading rusher, had a quiet game rushing for just 35 yards on 13 carries.
17/17
Getty Images
The 20-7 win moved the 7-8 Eagles within one game of the 8-7 Boys and 8-7 Giants in the NFC East. But hold off on celebrating... The G-Men and Boys play next week meaning the Eagles can do no better than second in the division.
Contact Us