ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 20-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in a game that had all the intensity of a preseason dress rehearsal.
This game became somewhat meaningless midway through the first quarter. A victory by the Giants eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs and turned the Dallas-New York game next weekend into a showdown to decide the NFC East title.
The Cowboys still had wild-card hopes to play for, but clearly were more concerned about getting ready for the "win and you're in" route to the playoffs. Quarterback Tony Romo left after injuring his throwing hand on the first series and oft-injured running back Felix Jones hit the bench for good after the second series. They came within 7 seconds of getting shut out.
Vick threw a touchdown pass on the opening series and again just before halftime. Alex Henery kicked field goals of 43 and 51 yards for the Eagles' only points in the second half.
Philadelphia (7-8) won its third straight, giving the preseason "Dream Team" the chance to avoid a losing record by beating the Redskins at home in its finale next weekend. The Eagles also swept the season series against the Cowboys for the first time since 2006, having clobbered Dallas 34-7 in October.
The Cowboys (8-7) lost for the third time in four games, and are guaranteed another losing record after Thanksgiving. If they end up missing the playoffs, that flop at the finish will loom large all offseason. Of course, if they win the division, it'll only be a footnote. The upcoming week will be filled with all sorts of similar high-stakes ramifications that will be riding on the finale for both Dallas and New York.
Total Net Yards386238
Interceptions Ret. 0-00-0
Time of Possession27:3732:23
Philadelphia7 7 3 3—20 Dallas 0 0 0 7—o 7
Phi—Celek 13 pass from Vick (Henery kick), 11:30.
Phi—Maclin 5 pass from Vick (Henery kick), :05.
Phi—FG Henery 43, 4:30.
Phi—FG Henery 51, 13:25.
Dal—Austin 4 pass from McGee (Bailey kick), :07.
Rushing—Philadelphia, McCoy 13-35, Brown 8-33, D.Jackson 2-27, Vick 3-10. Dallas, Morris 13-29, McGee 4-28, Jones 4-24, Fiammetta 1-1, Washington 1-(minus 1).
Passing—Philadelphia, Vick 18-32-0-293. Dallas, McGee 24-38-0-182, Romo 0-2-0-0.
Receiving—Philadelphia, D.Jackson 5-90, Maclin 5-72, Celek 2-52, Avant 2-35, Cooper 1-28, McCoy 1-10, Harbor 1-9, Hall 1-(minus 3). Dallas, Bryant 6-62, Austin 4-40, Witten 4-24, Morris 4-10, Bennett 3-28, Washington 2-13, Robinson 1-5.
Missed Field Goals—None.