Eagles Crush Cowboys Again, But Eliminated From Playoffs Anyway

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform during half-time at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Despite their playoff hopes coming to an end, the Eagles were still able to leave a nice little present under our Christmas tree with a 20-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants win over the Jets in the early game eliminated the Eagles from playoff contention, but any day we get to see the Eagles sweep Dallas in dominating fashion is a pretty good day.

The game was indicative of what we've seen from the Eagles over the past few weeks, which unfortunately has been too little to late. That said, it has been fun to watch. This defense, which was so maligned earlier this season (with good reason), has just been dominant and showed that once again today. They were just seven seconds shy of recording their first shut out in 247 games, but a blocked Chas Henry punt gave Dallas a short field.

The pass rush was one again overwhelming producing three sacks and knocking Tony Romo from the game in the first quarter. Some said that Romo may have returned if the game had meaning to Dallas, but given how badly Romo's right hand was swollen, that seems debatable.

On offense, it was another big game from Michael Vick who threw for 293 yards, 2 TDs and no picks. It should have been three, but Jason Avant fumbled a ball out of the end zone for the Eagles' leauge leading 36th turnover.

The Eagles will play the Redskins next week and the Cowboys will travel to New York for what is essentially an NFC East title game. Given how bad the Cowboys offense line was, how poor their secondary looked and the injury to Romo, the Giants have to be the favorites.

We'll certainly discuss this season in greater detail later. But for now, it's Christmas eve and we just embarrassed the Cowboys. Go have some fun and Merry Christmas!

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