The Eagles’ defense bottled up Ezekiel Elliott, who had just 9 yards in the first half. Quarterback Dak Prescott had several of his passes dropped, but he led the Cowboys far enough down the field that Kai Forbath could kick two field goals and the Cowboys could go into halftime behind, 10-6.
Dallas had the ball to start the second half and seemed to get over its early jitters. Prescott completed two passes to Elliott, who ran for two other gains. But with Dallas in a position to attempt a field goal at the Eagles’ 25-yard line, running back Tony Pollard fumbled the ball, which Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins recovered to extinguish the threat.
Late in the third quarter, Wentz came alive again, completing passes to tight end Zach Ertz, to receiver Greg Ward for 38 yards and to running back Boston Scott. Running back Miles Sanders ran the ball three times at the end of the drive, scoring on a 1-yard run to put the Eagles ahead, 17-6, as the third quarter came to a close.
The fourth quarter was no kinder to the Cowboys. Prescott continued to miss receivers, and was nearly intercepted by cornerback Avonte Maddox. After Eagles kicker Jake Elliott missed his second field-goal attempt of the game early in the fourth quarter, Prescott was sacked on third down, forcing Garrett to go for it on fourth-and-9 from Dallas’s 46-yard line.
Prescott made him look smart when he hit receiver Randall Cobb for a 17-yard first down catch. It was the kind of gutsy call Garrett was criticized for not making earlier this season. The Cowboys kicked another field goal to close the gap to 17-9 with eight minutes to go.
The Eagles tried to seal the victory on the next drive, but their effort was as messy as their topsy-turvy season. Wentz hit Goedert with a 22-yard pass, but fumbled and recovered the ball on the next play. Then he underthrew Sanders to end the drive.
On the Cowboys’ last drive, Prescott overthrew receiver Tavon Austin, who had a full step on his defender. Receiver Michael Gallup then let a pass fall through his hands. On fourth down on the Eagles’ 23 with 1:21 left, Prescott had Gallup one-on-one in the end zone, but cornerback Sidney Jones broke up the pass.