Eagles vs. Cowboys score: Dak Prescott throws five TDs, passes Tony Romo’s

The Dallas Cowboys made sure to prove a point that their offense is one of the best in the NFL when it’s firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t take the game as seriously as them with their playoff spot secure. 

Dak Prescott finished 21 of 27 for 295 yards with five touchdown passes and zero interceptions, playing into the fourth quarter in a 51-26 rout of the Eagles. While the win is impressive for Dallas, Philadelphia sat quarterback Jalen Hurts and all of its starters outside of Jason Kelce (who lined up for the first snap), DeVonta Smith, and T.J. Edwards in this one. 

Prescott passed Tony Romo for the most touchdown passes in a season in Cowboys history with 37. He entered the game with 32 touchdown passes on the night, four behind Romo for the franchise mark (Romo threw 36 touchdown passes for the Cowboys in 2007). Ezekiel Elliott finished with 18 carries for 87 yards to give him 1,000 rushing yards on the year, the fourth time in his career he surpassed that plateau. Saturday was the first time Elliott surpassed 60 yards in a game since Week 6. 

Gardner Minshew and the Eagles offense moved the ball well against the Cowboys’ first-team defense in the first half, but managed to get just seven points in the second half against Dallas’ first-team defense. Minshew finished 19 of 33 for 186 yards for two touchdowns and an interception in the loss, filling in for the inactive Hurts. Kenneth Gainwell had 12 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown as Philadelphia rushed for 149 yards to set a franchise record for most rushing yards in a season. Smith had three catches for 41 yards. He passed DeSean Jackson for the most receiving yards by an Eagles rookie in franchise history (916) before being removed from the game. 

The Eagles can still get the No. 6 seed If the 49ers lose and Saints win. The Cowboys already have a home playoff game secure by winning the NFC East and the highest they can elevate in the playoff standings is the No. 2 seed, which they’ll need some help Sunday to achieve. If Dallas gets the No. 2 seed, the Cowboys will be guaranteed two home playoff games if they reach the divisional round of the postseason. 

Why the Cowboys won

Dallas made a point it wanted to have momentum heading into the playoffs after a brutal loss to Arizona that took the Cowboys out of the running for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Dak Prescott and the first-team offense played well into the fourth quarter and the first-team defense played deep into the second half. The Cowboys got the momentum they wanted against the Eagles’ second and third-team defense, as Prescott threw for five touchdowns and Dallas put up 475 yards of offense. 

Prescott looked as crisp as ever and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for over 60 yards for the first time since October. Dallas will be playing a much tougher defense next week, so it’s hard to grasp how the offense fared against a Philadelphia team that clearly had other intentions in Week 18. 

Why the Eagles lost

The Eagles decided to rest all but three starters in this one, already having clinched their playoff spot next week. Their first-team…

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