There were a lot of great moments that came from the Cowboys huge win in Philadelphia. Leighton Vander Esch announced himself to the world, Ezekiel Elliott ran all over the Eagles, and Amari Cooper looked great in his first road game with a star on his helmet.
It was the kind of game that was a lot of fun in retrospect, specifically because the Cowboys won. However this season ultimately ends up finishing for the Cowboys we’ll always have November 11th in Philadelphia as it was one of the biggest wins we’ve seen this team get in quite some time.
Michael Gallup had one of the plays of the season in Philly
The first win on the road partially happened because of a lot of things and players, but chief among them was rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup. What he did inside of the first half’s final minute was instrumental in Dallas walking away with the win. Re-live it below.
This was one of the plays that won the game for the Cowboys. Huge conversion off the Gallup screen after the sack on first down and Philly's timeout after second. The touchdown doesn't happen if not for this. pic.twitter.com/63nvUZ1n4k— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) November 12, 2018
This series began with the Cowboys getting the ball at their own 25-yard line with 1:33 left in the half. They’d won the game’s opening toss and chose to defer so it was going to be Cowboys ball when the second half began. While Dallas had no timeouts a minute and a half was far more than enough time to at least squeeze three points out before halftime. This hope was quashed when Dak Prescott took a sack on first down.
Philadelphia looked to capitalize on the huge mistake as they took a timeout to stop the clock. Dallas went into a defensive mindset immediately and arranged their priority list with milking the remaining Eagles timeouts as number one, they handed the ball off to Zeke on second down which was followed by another timeout.
3rd and 15 at their own 35-yard line seemed like a sure punt sort of play for the Cowboys. There were still 58 seconds remaining in the half which seemed like enough for the Eagles to do their own bit of damage, but when Dak Prescott found Michael Gallup on a screen everybody’s plans changed.
Gallup picked up 25 yards on the scamper which put Dallas at the Philadelphia 40-yard line. Suddenly a field goal became an actual attainable goal for the Cowboys, but as fate would have it four plays later the Cowboys punched one in for seven points instead of three.
Without Michael Gallup, the Cowboys don’t get those seven points
Dallas won this game by seven points and while you can pick and choose whichever ones you’d like to be the ones that were most valuable, the ones picked up after Gallup’s conversion sure do seem to stand out (no disrespect to the fourth-quarter touchdowns). What would have otherwise been a pedestrian outing before the end of the half turned into an opportunity for the Cowboys to double dip in the two halves (they wouldn’t), and it became a huge swing of momentum in the Dallas direction.
Amari Cooper has come on as a legitimate star wide receiver for the Cowboys, but Michael Gallup is evolving as well. What this play was, what this play became, was a huge win for the Cowboys in many senses. Kudos to the rookie for making it happen.