The quarterback play was horrendous for both teams, with some friskiness in the pocket from Nate Sudfeld the only thing providing any bounce. But they didn't show much when they were playing. The unit has avoided injuries for most of the year, with the exception being Hicks.
Jones had "mini-open repair" surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson to fix the Achilles - a less invasive procedure that has netted good return rates for National Football League players since it was introduced in 2012. Brandon Graham seemed to hurt his ankle Monday and is already out for Sunday's game. Jones' Achilles injury forced him to watch from the sidelines, and some believe that might prove to be a blessing in disguise. This is a ideal week for them to get some extra rest an avoid a pointless injury before heading into the playoffs. The Eagles managed to cross midfield again one more time, reaching the Dallas 44, but on fourth-and-2, Sudfeld's pass fell incomplete. After a strong performance against the New York Giants in his first start of the season, Nick Foles looked very bad against the Oakland Raiders. He followed poor throws to his receivers with taking big sacks and the Eagles were consistently punting from near their own end zone. Sudfeld completed 19-for-23 for 136 yards. Him and his receivers need to create some chemistry together while at the same time avoiding a big injury. Nothing can ever go totally right for the Eagles even in their finest moments, and the loss of an MVP candidate down the home stretch is just the latest example of this.
The Eagles also had just 216 yards of total offense and only one third-down conversion on 14 attempts. Hollins caught a deep touchdown early in the year and Gibson has been inactive all year, so why not let them get a few snaps in the second half?More news: Football star George Weah wins Liberian presidential election
Unless the Eagles have been holding back offensively these last two weeks, it's a team that will have problems moving the ball against a decent NFC defense, which they will surely face in the playoffs.
Of course, the good news for the Eagles is that they got the win and the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs that comes with it. The Eagles have an extra twist now that Foles, the backup quarterback all year, is the guy the Eagles are going to have to rely on in the playoffs. It's how you come back from them.
The Cowboys (9-7) earned their second straight winning season for the first time since five in a row from 2005-09.
While there is something to be said for the bye teams losing momentum and rhythm with the week off between the final regular season game and the first playoff game, the Eagles aren't quite in that boat.