Dallas scored a late field goal to put the game into overtime, but Philadelphia’s Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to WR Jordan Matthews in the extra period’s opening drive to win the game for the Eagles, 33-27.

In a game with multiple lead changes, both teams ran the ball well, Philadelphia with 172 yards and Dallas with 134. Each side had the same number of first downs, 25.  The quarterbacks had numbers similar to one another, as Bradford finished with 295 yards on 25/36 passing and 1 TD, and Dallas’ Matt Cassel completed 25 of 38 passes for 299 yards. Cassel had 3 touchdowns.

One 4th quarter sequence typified the game: After a Cassel interception was ran back 67 yards by Jordan Hicks for an Eagles touchdown, Lucky Whitehead of Dallas returned the ball 79 yards on the ensuing kickoff. Dallas took advantage of the good field position with a TD pass to Dez Bryant to tie the game once again, this time at 21.

The Eagles got the ball first in overtime, and drove 80 yards on 9 plays for the winning score to Matthews, a 41 yard catch and run.  DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews paced the Philadelphia running game, with 83 and 67 yards, respectively.  Jordan Matthews had 9 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.  Murray added 78 receiving yards.

Darren McFadden had a good game for Dallas, with 117 yards on 27 carries.  Cole Beasley was all over the field, catching 9 balls for 112 yards and 2 scores from the slot.  Bryant had 104 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions.

The Cowboys are 2-6 now, unable to get a win while waiting for staring QB Tony Romo to return.  Next up are the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay on Sunday November 15th.

Philadelphia evens their record at 4-4 and will face the Miami Dolphins at home, also on Sunday.

 

Luke Straub

on twitter@abso_luke_ly

Spark Sports NFL Analyst

 

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