Dallas wins a statement game against their division rival, remaining unbeaten at home this season.
Philadelphia’s lone touchdown came of a defensive return of a Dak Prescott fumble.
Dallas scored on all four of its first half possessions – three touchdowns and a field goal – and never trailed in the game.
The win moves Dallas to 10-3, tied for first in the NFC East with the Eagles.
The two teams are also tied with the 49ers for the best record in the NFC.
The Cowboys travel to Buffalo next week while the Eagles travel to Seattle.
A quick summary of how Sunday night’s action went down.
Things couldn’t have started much better for the Cowboys as they took the game’s opening possession 75 yards in 10 plays to pay dirt. Five handoffs provided 45 rushing yards with Prescott completing 4-of-5 passes for 30 more. The last of those saw the quarterback roll to his left to avoid the rush, then dump off a toss to Lamb, who scampered to the left pylon for a 13-yard score and early 7-0 lead.
And a good beginning then got even better when safety Donovan Wilson stripped the ball from Hurts and pounced on the prize himself to give Dallas possession. The Eagles had been driving on their first series with the Philadelphia quarterback rushing for 11 yards early on and then later connecting with wideout DeVonta Smith for a big 30-yard gain. But when Hurts then tried to run up the middle on first down at the Dallas 31, the result was Wilson bringing an end to the threat.
It took some doing, but Dallas used that turnover to tack on another three points. Though helped by an Eagles pass interference call on third down, the Cowboys could get no closer than Philly’s 32 before Brandon Aubrey came on and split the uprights on a 60-yard field goal, the longest of his young career.
Big Dom(ination)! Dallas Cowboys Crush Philadelphia Eagles: Top 10 Whitty Observations- Richie Whitt, Sports Illustrated
Any week where the observations are mostly positive is a good week.
3. SICK SACK - Micah Parsons has been dealing with the flu late in the week, but you wouldn’t know it from his performance. He played a huge part in a Dallas defense that shut down Philly’s high-powered offense, on one impressive bull-rushing through almost impenetrable Eagles’ right tackle Lane Johnson for a sack of Jalen Hurts. Two players in NFL history have 12+ sacks in each of their first three seasons: Hall of Famer Reggie White and Parsons.
2. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Remember how it seemed like a big deal when free-agent linebacker Shaq Leonard dissed the Cowboys and signed with the Eagles? Philly’s newest find contributed a whopping two tackles.
Cowboys-Eagles takeaways: Mike McCarthy has Dallas looking like NFC East’s best- Michael Gehlken, DMN
What is your takeaway from this impressive win?
Aubrey deserves to be an All-Pro
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has major confidence in kicker Brandon Aubrey.
The undrafted rookie keeps rewarding it.
Aubrey became the first player in NFL history to make a 60-yard field goal in the first quarter. A kick attempt that long, that early in a game is rare because, if unsuccessful, the opponent retakes possession at the 50-yard line. Aubrey followed with a 59-yarder in the third, becoming the first player to ever make two field goals from 59-plus yards in the same game.
The USFL product from Plano later added a 50- and 45-yarder to convert the first 30 field goals to begin his NFL career, shattering the previous record of 18, set by Travis Coons for the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He is the first Cowboys rookie to make eight field goals from 50-plus yards in the same season.
Meanwhile, Aubrey moved closer to the record for most touchbacks in a season.
The current mark is 88, established in 2009 by Tampa Bay Buccaneers punter Bradley Pinion.
Aubrey is at 83. That record-book page could be rewritten as early as Sunday at the Buffalo Bills.
While Dallas does not control their own destiny, they sit atop the NFC East for now.
NFC Playoff Picture after Cowboys beat Eagles
San Francisco 49ers (10-3)
Dallas Cowboys (10-3)
Detroit Lions (9-4)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)
Philadelphia Eagles (10-3)
Minnesota Vikings (7-6)
Green Bay Packers (6-6)
In the hunt:
8. Los Angeles Rams (6-7)
9. Seattle Seahawks (6-7)
10. Atlanta Falcons (6-7)
11. New Orleans Saints (6-7)
12. Chicago Bears (5-8)
The Cowboys are now in possession of the No. 2 seed in the NFC with the chance to overtake the San Francisco 49ers, who are also on a hot streak.
San Francisco has won five games in a row with Sunday’s 28-16 victory over the Seahawks. They finish out the regular season with games at the Cardinals, vs. the Ravens, at the Commanders and vs. the Rams.
Dallas has a tougher finish to their campaign with road games against the Bills and Dolphins, then a home tilt with the Lions before the finale in Washington.
Since the Cowboys lost to the 49ers in October, they can’t just match SF’s record the rest of the way if they want to take the No. 1 seed.
Jerry Jones sarcastically shaded Micah Parsons after Cowboys win vs Eagles- Jerry Trotta, The Landry Hat
Even Jerry has jokes after this win.
After the win, a giddy Parsons was followed the locker room by an equally-jubilant Jerry Jones, who shockingly kept a low profile all week leading up to the game.
Ever aware when the cameras are rolling, Jones took a playful shot at Parsons’ sickness as the team made its way to celebrate in the locker room.
“SICK, MY ASS, MICAH!”
— Bri Amaranthus (@BriAmaranthus) December 11, 2023
Jerry Jones jokingly digs Micah Parsons’ illness after Cowboys beat the Eagles
Did Jerry just make a funny? He sure did and his quote is extremely relatable for Cowboys fans because Parsons didn’t look the part of a player who was battling flu-like symptoms.
Granted, very few athletes are wired like The Lion. With Dallas’ playoff fate on the line — a loss would have all but confirmed them as the No. 5 seed — nothing was going to deter Parsons from turning in an All-Pro performance. Despite battling a fever and cold sweats, Parsons took the form of a one-man army and bulldozed Lane Johnson into Jalen Hurts for a sack late in the first half.
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