The defense did a solid job against the shorthanded Eagles as many starters didn’t play past the first quarter. The Eagles could only muster up 227 yards and 12 first downs. They didn’t convert a third down until the third quarter and finished 2-11 on third downs and 0-2 on fourth downs. Rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie registered his first career interception and cornerback Anthony Brown notched his first career sack. Three sacks helped contribute the first Eagles home shutout since 2005. Linebacker Sean Lee led in tackles with seven.
The offense was able to grind out 301 yards of offense led by running back Ezekiel Elliott’s 27 carry 103-yard effort. He finished 17 yards shy of 1,000 on the season. Quarterback Dak Prescott finished 17-of-30 for 179 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Brice Butler led in receiving yards hauling in two catches for 50 yards and the games only touchdown. Ryan Switzer led in catches snagging four for 32 yards. The offensive line had their struggles as tackle Byron Bell was called for holding three times and allowing hits to Prescott throughout the game.
The two teams combined for 11 first downs, 216 yards of offense, two third-down conversions and zero fourth down conversions on two attempts in the first scoreless half in the 104-year series history.
The Cowboys broke the scoreless tie early in the fourth quarter as Prescott connected with Butler for a 20-yard touchdown to cap off a 12-play, 99-yard drive and take a 6-0 lead after a missed Dan Bailey extra point. With 13 seconds left in the game, Bailey missed a 23-yard field goal but the Eagles hook and ladder attempt fell short to secure the win.
The Cowboys finish a season marred by injuries, inconsistent play, and suspensions with a 9-7 record.