Final

Eagles 30

(9-4, 5-2 away)

Cowboys 27

(4-9, 1-6 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, December 12, 2010

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 7 7 3 1330
DAL 7 3 10 727

Top Performers

Passing: M. Vick (PHI) - 270 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. McCoy (PHI) - 16 CAR, 149 YDS

Receiving: D. Jackson (PHI) - 4 REC, 210 YDS, 1 TD

DeSean Jackson reels in 210 receiving yards as Eagles halt skid vs. Cowboys

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Vick faked a handoff and threw deep to DeSean Jackson, a perfect strike for 60 yards.

With that one play, the Philadelphia Eagles sent the Dallas Cowboys a strong message -- we're coming after you.

Philadelphia kept coming, mostly with big plays. Jackson turned just four catches into 210 yards and LeSean McCoy ran for a career-high 149, lifting the Eagles to a 30-27 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday night and strengthening their grip on first place in the NFC East.

"We put the pedal to the metal," said Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, who also had to be savoring his first win at Cowboys Stadium after a pair of painful defeats here last season.

Reid would love to be back here for the Super Bowl in February. He might have the team to do it, too, as the Eagles (9-4) won for the fifth time in six games. They are a half-game ahead of the New York Giants in the division, and go to New York for a showdown with the Giants on Sunday.

They'll have to hope Jackson gets over a sprained ankle by then.

The speedy wideout was injured on the longest play of his career, and the second-longest ever against Dallas -- a 91-yard catch and run early in the fourth quarter that put Philadelphia ahead for good.

Dallas (4-9) kept the game close throughout and even led 20-14. But Philadelphia was just too strong, dropping the Cowboys to 3-2 under interim coach Jason Garrett. They are officially eliminated from the playoffs and guaranteed their first losing season since 2004.

"It doesn't feel good," team owner Jerry Jones said. "They made a couple of big plays that we weren't able to make, but I liked the way we got after Vick, I really did. I like the way that we responded when we got down each time, a whole bunch of good things."

The game was tied at 20 when the Eagles were forced to start at their 9-yard line following a penalty on a punt return. Jackson already had blistered the Cowboys for 119 yards on three catches, so they were well aware of the need to contain him.

Yet on first down, Michael Jenkins dove and missed trying to break up a pass to Jackson on the left sideline. He sped past one safety, made another safety fall and outran a cornerback diving at his ankles around the 10. He stopped just shy of the goal line, turned to face the defense and tipped over backward into the end zone. The showboating move drew a penalty, then he went to the bench for oxygen and treatment on his ankle.

"I put the ball in a perfect spot, but I didn't know he was going to go 91 yards," Vick said. "He's a very dynamic player."

Jackson's 210 yards receiving were third-most in Philadelphia history. They also helped mask a somewhat rocky outing by Vick.

Days after moving into the lead in Pro Bowl voting, Vick threw two interceptions, matching his season total, and struggled to keep alive drives that didn't have a big play. Dallas sacked him twice and nailed him with hard hits all night, including one that drew a penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit.

His final numbers were 16 of 26 for 270 yards. Take out Jackson's stats and his other 12 completions produced 60 yards. He also ran for a touchdown.

"We didn't want Vick to get out of hand just running all over the place," said Dallas linebacker Bradie James, who had one of the interceptions. "The front seven did a great job of kind of containing him, but you've got to put it all together."

McCoy had just 15 yards in the first half and seemed mostly a decoy on play-action throws. Then Vick really did give it to him and McCoy surprised the Cowboys with a 56-yard burst up the middle to spark another scoring drive. He came on strong again in the fourth quarter, helping Philadelphia burn the final 4:22 after the Cowboys got within a field goal.

"I like what we did at the end," Reid said. "We pounded it, kept the ball and played good physical football down the stretch."

The Eagles lost middle linebacker Stewart Bradley to a dislocated right elbow in the second quarter. He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season. Two injured starters, cornerback Asante Samuel and right tackle Winston Justice, didn't even make the trip.

Jon Kitna was 24 of 35 for 242 yards for Dallas. Like Vick, he had two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Cowboys scored 10 points off their interceptions of Vick, but didn't really have anything working great on offense. Maybe they were missing dazzling rookie Dez Bryant, who went on injured reserve this week.

Jason Witten was the leading receiver with 69 yards and Felix Jones was the leading rusher with 41. Jones also had 42 yards receiving. Witten caught two touchdown passes, Jones ran for a score.

Miles Austin had two catches for 22 yards. His biggest gain came on a run -- 26 yards on a double-reverse that set up Dallas' first touchdown.

"We fought hard," Garrett said, "it just wasn't good enough."

Game notes


Vick and Jackson hooked up for an 88-yard touchdown last month against Washington. ... Cowboys LB Anthony Spencer can expect a fine for knocking helmets with Vick. ... Vick's TD run was his seventh this season, a record for an Eagles quarterback. ... Philadelphia threw a TD to tackle-eligible Todd Herremans. He also scored for Seattle two years ago. ... Before kickoff, the Cowboys showed a video tribute to former star quarterback Don Meredith, who died last Sunday. It was followed by a moment of silence.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
DAL
1st Downs1822
Passing 1st downs
813
Rushing 1st downs
96
1st downs from penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
4-113-11
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Plays5560
Total Yards429349
Yards per play7.85.8
Total Drives1312
Passing258239
Comp-Att
16-2624-35
Yards per pass
9.26.6
Interceptions thrown
22
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-121-3
Rushing171110
Rushing Attempts
2724
Yards per rush
6.34.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-3
Penalties6-595-40
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
22
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:5132:09

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Vick16/2627010.4222-12
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kitna24/352426.9221-3

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy161499.3056
Vick8162.019
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones13413.2114
Kitna3279.0010

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson421052.5191
Avant3186.0013
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Witten7699.9222
Jones44210.5035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHIDAL
phiTD11:52Michael Vick 1 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 73 yds, 3:13
70
dalTD5:37Jason Witten 1 Yard Pass From Jon Kitna (David Buehler Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 6:14
77
SECOND QUARTERPHIDAL
phiTD5:54Todd Herremans 2 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 51 yds, 3:00
147
dalFG0:13David Buehler 50 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 36 yds, 1:34
1410
THIRD QUARTERPHIDAL
dalFG10:22David Buehler 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 42 yds, 4:42
1413
dalTD7:49Felix Jones 3 Yard Run (David Buehler Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 37 yds, 1:34
1420
phiFG5:11David Akers 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 56 yds, 2:38
1720
FOURTH QUARTERPHIDAL
phiFG14:02David Akers 50 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 28 yds, 4:18
2020
phiTD11:43Desean Jackson 91 Yard Pass From Michael Vick (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 91 yds, 0:00
2720
phiFG8:19David Akers 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 22 yds, 2:54
3020
dalTD4:28Jason Witten 22 Yard Pass From Jon Kitna (David Buehler Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:55
3027