Dallas 38, Philadelphia 33: Great Breaks at the Right Times

Morris Claiborne’s 50-yard fumble return for a score was a key play in the Cowboys’ 38-33 win over the Eagles.

The Cowboys usually begin their nose dive when they reach December. Since 2008, Dallas has won its first game in December only once—an overtime win at Indianapolis in an otherwise forgettable 2010 season.

Since 2006, the Cowboys have an overall record of 13-19 during the months of December and January, including the playoffs.

Thus, when the Cowboys fell behind to the Eagles by a score of 14-3, it was easy to think this did not look good. When the Eagles took a 24-17 lead in the third quarter after the Cowboys had tied the game, things did not look good.

On the final play of the third quarter, the Cowboys faced a 4th and 1. DeMarco Murray ran up the middle, and the original spot was short of the first down.

Bad news.

But Jason Garrett challenged the spot and won. Three plays later, Romo hit Miles Austin on a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game again.

The Dallas defense was poor for much of the night, and the Eagles were able to drive back into Dallas territory. A 43-yard Alex Henery field goal gave the Eagles another lead with less than 10 minutes to play.

The lead did not last. The Cowboys moved right back down field, going 86 yards in 7 plays thanks to long passes to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

The Eagles had a chance on the next drive, especially once rookie quarterback Nick Foles avoided DeMarcus Ware and completed a pass for a first down on a 3rd-and-8 play.

Bryce Brown had hurt the Cowboys all game. My Facebook post at just before 10 p.m. read:

Combination of: (1) Bryce Brown is really good; (2) this Dallas defense is pathetic tonight.

Moments later, Josh Brent knocked the ball out of Brown’s hand. Morris Claiborne picked up the ball and ran 50 yards for the touchdown.

The game should have ended at 38-27, but the special teams unit somehow gave up a 98-yard punt return. Fortunately, the Cowboys recovered the onside kick, ending the game.

Murray had 83 yards and a touchdown in his return to the lineup. Bryant scored twice, giving him 8 on the season. His 98 receiving yards gives him 978 on the season.

Witten had 108 yards, while Austin had 46. It is possible that Bryant, Witten, and Austin could each finish the season with more than 1,000 receiving yards.

This marks the first time since 2009 that the Cowboys have swept the Eagles. In 2011, the Cowboys only managed 7 points in both losses to Philadelphia. In 2012, the Cowboys scored 38 in both wins.

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Simulation Review: Cowboys Are Favored by a Touchdown

Most simulations have the Cowboys winning by about a touchdown, or perhaps more.

It’s been a long nine days since the Cowboys ruined our Thanksgiving. Dallas returns to the field tomorrow night to face the Philadelphia Eagles, who have not won since September.

The simulations do not think the game will be close. Notwithstanding the Thanksgiving performance, the sims have the Cowboys winning by about a touchdown. In some cases, the spread is more.

AccuScore: Dallas 30, Philadelphia 18
TeamRankings: Dallas 25, Philadelphia 17
NumberFire: Dallas 27, Philadelphia 18
WhatIfSports: Dallas 25, Philadelphia 19
Madden: Dallas 27, Philadelphia 13

The story of the Madden sim:

Remember when all the Eagles talk revolved around the words “Dream Team” and “Dynasty”? Talk about a team that couldn’t walk the walk. Philadelphia loses another one this week, scoring only 13 points against the rival Cowboys, while never really being able to get on track on either side of the ball. Tony Romo stars for Dallas in the win, throwing for 283 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-13 victory.

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The Saints’ loss to the Falcons helped the Cowboys’ playoff chances just a bit, but those chances are still rather poor. At 5-6, Dallas is a game out of the second wildcard position. The Cowboys also have the same record as Washington, which would win the head-to-head tiebreaker at this point. The teams involved:

Seattle (6-5): Beat Minnesota and Dallas and have a relatively easy schedule in December.

Tampa Bay (6-5): Beat Minnesota but lost to Dallas and Washington.

Minnesota (6-5): Lost to both Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington.

Washington (5-6): Has wins over Tampa Bay, Minnesota, and Dallas.

Dallas (5-6): Beat Tampa Bay but lost to Seattle and Washington. Any loss from this point out may all but kill the Cowboys’ chances.

New Orleans (5-7): Beat Tampa Bay but lost to Washington. Saints’ chances are nearly hopeless.

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An Unusual Year in the Cowboys-Eagles Series

By the end of the day on Sunday, the Cowboys and Eagles will have faced each other twice when both teams had losing records. This has not happened since 1963.

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The Worst Thanksgiving Games for the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys fell to 5-6 in a loss to the Washington Redskins. It may be the worst defeat the Cowboys have suffered on Thanksgiving Day.

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Washington 38, Dallas 31: Some Bad Turkey

Robert Griffin III threw three touchdown passes in the first half in a 38-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving

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Not Many Home Overtime Games for the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys played their first overtime game at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, winning 23-20.

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Dallas 23, Cleveland 20: An Outrageous Win

The Dallas Cowboys overcame a poor start to beat the Cleveland Browns in overtime.

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All Simulations Favor Cowboys

Madden sim: Dallas wins 24-17. Others: 28-19 (Accuscore); 27-24 (WhatIfSports); 25-18 (Teamranking); 27-17 (Numberfire) twitter.com/kickholder/sta… — kickholder (@kickholder) November 18, 2012 Tweet

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Cowboys Once Had a Great Rivalry with the Cleveland Browns

The Dallas Cowboys faced the Cleveland Browns 19 times during the 1960s, but the rivalry died after that.

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Cowboys Make Team History with Returns for Touchdowns

The Dallas Cowboys scored on three returns in the same quarter on Sunday.

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