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The Cowboys have been 9-4 seven times in franchise history. The Cowboys made the playoffs 7/7 times with their most recent being 1993, a Super Bowl season.
The Eagles have been 9-4 eight times in team history. Philadelphia made the playoffs 7/8 times with 1961 being the missing season, a year where the playoffs as we know them had not yet been conceived.
The Cowboys and Eagles have never been 9-4 together in the same season.
The Dallas Cowboys have a 15-16 record against the Philadelphia Eagles in December.
The Dallas Cowboys are an even 26-26 against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:
Franklin Field: 4-6
Veterans Stadium: 16-15
Lincoln Financial Field: 6-5
Dallas’ 6-5 record at Lincoln Financial Field is the best by an NFC East opponent:
This is the first time since 1989 that the Dallas Cowboys have played the Eagles twice within the span of three weeks.
The last time the Cowboys lost the Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field was 10/30/11.
The last time the Eagles jumped out to 4-0 in prime time games was 2010 when the club finished 10-6 and won the NFC East.
The Cowboys franchise is 80-69 in night games in franchise history. The win total is the most in league history.
Since 1990, 13/67 teams that started 9-4 ended up securing a first-round bye.
The last time the Cowboys had three-straight wins in Philadelphia was from 1981-84.
The Eagles haven’t lost back-to-back home games, let alone games in general, October 2013 when the Cowboys beat the Eagles 17-3 and then the Giants followed it up next week with a 15-7 victory.
The last time the Eagles completed a series sweep of the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field was in 2004.
Romo’s December record is now 13-17 with a 10-7 record on the road.
Romo is 3-4 against the NFC East on the road in December.
Romo is 4-2 at Lincoln Financial Field. Since 2003, the only other NFC East quarterback with more wins is Eli Manning with six. However, Manning also has six losses, including playoffs.
Romo is tied with Danny White (4-3) for the second-most wins in Philadelphia for a Cowboys quarterback. Roger Staubach takes first place with a 7-2 record.
Romo is tied with Staubach, Craig Morton, and Don Meredith for most touchdown passes thrown in Philadelphia (8).
This is the fifth-straight December that Romo has opened without throwing an interception.
Last week, Romo threw for a 138.0 passer rating. In weeks after passer ratings of 138.0 or higher, Romo has a 95.4 passer rating on average.
Romo has earned just one roughing the passer call this season, which is tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL.
Romo has been sacked by Eagles linebacker Trent Cole 3.5 times, the ninth-most he’s been sacked by any player.
Former Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard is tied with three other players for having picked off Romo the most with three interceptions apiece.
Sanchez’s December record is 7-9 in December with a 2-4 record at home.
Sanchez’s last appearance on NBC was the 2012 Thanksgiving game with New England where he committed the infamous “Butt Fumble” in a 49-19 loss.
Last week, Sanchez went 10/20 for 96 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The 96 yards were the third-fewest of his career.
With Sanchez under center, the Eagles have won two games and then lost a game.
The last time Sanchez helmed a 9-4 team was in 2010 with the New York Jets. The Jets defeated the Steelers 22-17 on the road to advance to 10-4 and ultimately a wildcard berth.
Sanchez has had two false start penalties called against him in his career.
Sanchez has committed a turnover in seven out of his last 10 December games.
Last week, Murray scored a rushing touchdown. Since 2011, the Cowboys are now 5-1 in December when Murray scores a rushing touchdown versus 1-7 when he does not.
This will be the first time Murray has played in Lincoln Financial Field since 10/30/11, his rookie season, when the Eagles demolished the Cowboys 34-7.
Murray already has the fourth-best rushing season in Cowboys history with 1,606 yards.
At 123.5 rushing yards per game, Murray has far and away set the best yards per game average in Cowboys history.
Murray’s 320 carries are only ninth-most in a single-season in Cowboys history.
Murray hasn’t rushed for 100 yards against a 3-4 defense since 10/27/14 against Washington when he carried the ball 19 times for 141 yards.
Going back to 2013 against New York, Murray has nine-straight road games with over 100 scrimmage yards.
The last time Murray fumbled in December was on 12/23/12 against the New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium.
Garrett’s December record is now 8-10 with a 5-4 record on the road.
In coming off 10-days’ rest, the Cowboys under Garrett are 2-2 with a 1-1 record on the road.
In staving off a series sweep, Garrett has done so 3/6 times since taking over for Wade Phillips in 2010 with 2/3 of the sweep-avoiding wins occurring on the road.
Garrett has a 3-1 record against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches in their first four games (where applicable):
Tom Landry: 0-4
Jimmy Johnson: 1-3
Barry Switzer: 1-3
Bill Parcells: 1-3
The Cowboys under Jason Garrett had never won back-to-back road games until this year when they defeated Tennessee in Week 2 and then beat St. Louis in Week 3. They were 0/6 until 2014.
Jason Garrett is 9-3 on the road in the NFC East since 2010. Here is how he fares with the rest of the division:
Jason Garrett: 9-3
Andy Reid: 6-4
Chip Kelly: 4-0
Tom Coughlin: 8-7
Mike Shanahan: 4-8
Jay Gruden: 1-1
Garrett is 8-9 on the road against teams that finished the year with a winning record.
Under Garrett the Cowboys are 19-15 on the road compared to 19-16 at home.
Since becoming head coach in 2013, Kelly is 1/2 in completing a series sweep. The only team he swept were the Washington Redskins.
At 9-4, Kelly joins Andy Reid as the only Eagles head coach to lead the club to such a record in his second season. In 1961, Nick Skorich led Philadelphia to a 9-4 start in just his first season.
Kelly also joins Rich Kotite and Ray Rhodes as the only head coaches in Eagles history to begin their stints with back-to-back 9-or-more-win seasons.
Last year, Kelly was the only first-year head coach since 2010 to lead a club to the playoffs with two different starting quarterbacks.
A loss Sunday night would be just the second losing streak of Chip Kelly’s career. Ever.
Kelly is 3-1 in December games in his NFL coaching career.
Kelly is 1-4 at home against teams that finished with a winning record for the year.
Kelly has a 10-6 record at home with Philadelphia.
This makes the 11th-straight season that Cowboys-Eagles has been featured on prime time television. No other division rivalry, and not even Manning-Brady, has been featured as often in the same span.
The last time the Cowboys won back-to-back prime time games was in 2009 when they defeated the Saints 24-17 on 12/19 on NFL Network and then beat Washington 17-0 on 12/27 on Sunday Night Football.
The Eagles have a 5-5 record at home on Sunday Night Football, including playoffs and NFL Specials.
Dallas has a 9-9 road record on Sunday Night Football, including playoffs and NFL Specials.
This is the 33rd NFC East game on Sunday Night Football since 2006.
The Cowboys are 43-31 when Al Michaels calls their games.
The Eagles are 30-29 when Al Michaels commentates.
The Cowboys are 16-16 when Cris Collinsworth calls their games.
The Eagles are 21-15 when Cris Collinsworth calls their games.
The Eagles’ 54 points scored last year on Sunday Night Football were the third-most points scored since the package moved to NBC. It is the eighth-most points for in a prime time game in NFL history.
The last time the Cowboys had a 3-0 record on Sunday Night Football was 2008 when the club beat Green Bay, Washington, and the New York Giants en route to a 9-7 record and no playoffs.
The Eagles have played on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday on NBC.
This week’s referee is Terry McAulay, who refereed the Denver and Chicago games last season or the Cowboys. Dallas has a 10-6 record when McAulay officiates their games:
2001 – PHI, 3-36 – L
2002 – WAS, 27-20 – W
2003 – @DET, 38-7 – W
2004 – @SEA, 43-39 – W
2005 – @SEA, 10-13 – W
2005 – @CAR, 24-20 – W
2006 – @WAS, 19-22 – L
2007 – @MIA, 37-20 – W
2008 – PHI, 41-37 – W
2009 – @NO, 24-17 – W
2010 – PHI, 27-30 – L
2011 – SEA, 23-13 – W
2011 – @TB, 31-15 – W
2013 – DEN, 48-51 – L
2013 – @CHI, 28-45 – L
2014 – SF, 17-28 – L
Dallas also has fewer penalties than their opponents 8/16 times when McAulay referees:
2001 – PHI: 3/22; DAL: 10/81
2002 – WAS: 6/56; DAL: 6/48
2003 – DET: 9/96; DAL: 6/65
2004 – SEA: 6/44; DAL: 6/49
2005 – SEA: 9/83; DAL: 9/81
2005 – CAR: 6/49; DAL: 5/44
2006 – WAS: 5/41; DAL: 11/153
2007 – MIA: 7/57; DAL: 11/101
2008 – PHI: 5/44; DAL: 10/108
2009 – NO: 4/30; DAL: 6/49
2010 – PHI: 6/59; DAL: 5/40
2011 – SEA: 10/88; DAL: 7/82
2011 – TB: 6/46; DAL: 2/15
2013 – DEN: 5/55; DAL: 9/81
2013 – CHI: 2/15; DAL: 4/50
2014 – SF: 11/78; DAL: 10/72
Home team winning percentage:
Gene Steratore: .750
Ed Hochuli: .750
Jerome Boger: .692
Jeff Triplette: .667
Walt Anderson: .615
Tony Corrente: .583
Pete Morelli: .583
Terry McAulay: .583
Craig Wrolstad: .583
Bill Vinovich: .538
John Parry: .500
Carl Cheffers: .500
Brad Allen: .462
Clete Blakeman: .417
Walt Coleman: .417
Bill Leavy: .417
Last season through 14 weeks, McAulay had a home team winning percentage of .333, which ranked dead last in the NFL.
Tony Corrente: .818
Terry McAulay: .750
Brad Allen: .769
Bill Vinovich: .692
Jerome Boger: .692
Walt Coleman: .667
Jeff Triplette: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .636
Walt Anderson: .615
Carl Cheffers: .542
Pete Morelli: .455
Ed Hochuli: .333
Gene Steratore: .333
Bill Leavy: .273
John Parry: .250
Clete Blakeman: .167
Last year through 14 weeks, McAulay was tied for second-worst home team penalty battle percentage at .417.
The Eagles are 10-9 when McAulay referees. Here are the results:
2001 – @DAL, 36-3 – W
2002 – @Titans, 24-27 – L
2002 – @CHI, 19-13 – W
2002 – TB, 27-10 – L
2003 – @ATL, 23-16 – W
2003 – @WAS, 31-7 – W
2004 – @DET, 30-13 – W
2004 – @NYG, 27-6 – W
2004 – NE, 24-27 – L
2005 – WAS, 20-31 – L
2006 – @SF, 38-24 – W
2006 – ATL, 24-17 – W
2007 – @NYG, 3-16 – L
2008 – @DAL, 37-41 – L
2008 – NYG, 31-36 – L
2009 – TB, 33-14 – W
2010 – @DAL, 30-27 – W
2012 – @WAS, 6-31 – L
2013 – SD, 30-33 – L
2014 – @Colts, 30-27 – W
Additionally, the Eagles have had fewer penalties than their opponents 7/19 times. Here is the breakdown:
2001 – DAL: 10/81; PHI: 3/22
2002 – Titans: 6/50; PHI: 10/113
2002 – CHI: 12/121; PHI: 6/54
2002 – TB: 3/16; PHI: 5/45
2003 – ATL: 8/61; PHI: 11/90
2003 – WAS: 9/78; PHI: 7/48
2004 – DET: 6/39; PHI: 7/54
2004 – NYG: 6/64; PHI: 12/75
2004 – NE: 7/47; PHI: 3/35
2005 – WAS: 7/60; PHI: 5/45
2006 – SF: 8/64; PHI: 9/72
2006 – ATL: 9/99; PHI: 11/108
2007 – NYG: 4/27; PHI: 15/132
2008 – DAL: 10/108; PHI: 5/44
2008 – NYG: 4/30; PHI: 5/45
2009 – TB: 4/30; PHI: 10/111
2010 – DAL: 5/40; PHI: 6/59
2012 – WAS: 13/80; PHI: 9/70
2013 – SD: 4/32; PHI: 9/77
2014 – Colts: 4/70; PHI: 11/90
The Cowboys are 2/5 on challenges under McAulay with opponents having never won a call in three tries. Replay Assistant is 2/8 on challenges with seven decisions benefiting the Cowboys.
Philadelphia is 2/8 on challenges under McAulay with opponents winning 3/5 calls. Replay Assistant is 1/5 with just two decisions benefiting Philadelphia.
NFC East home teams are 5-6 when McAulay referees intra-divisional matches.
Browns fans remember Terry McAulay, as he was the referee during the notorious “Bottlegate” incident, the Week 15 2001 game between the Jaguars and Browns. McAulay declared the game over after irate Cleveland fans threw objects onto the field in protest of the overturned completed Browns pass. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overrode McAulay’s call and sent the players back onto the field to complete the final 48 seconds.
Since 2006, the Cowboys are now 14-6 in December when a running back scores a touchdown compared to 1-14 when a running back fails to score a touchdown.
Philadelphia quarterbacks have earned four roughing the passer calls this season, tied for fourth-most in the league.
Dallas has just 11 false starts this season, tied for fifth-fewest in the league.
The Cowboys have false started just four times on the road, tied for third-fewest in the NFL.
Philadelphia opponents have false started 13 times in Lincoln Financial Field, ranking the second-most in the NFL.
The Eagles offense has only had one delay of game penalty all season, the second-fewest in the NFL.
The Eagles have 13 false starts this year, ranking ninth-fewest in the league.
LeSean McCoy’s 1,068 yards through thirteen games in a complete season is the fewest he has racked up since 2010.
This is the latest in the season McCoy has gone without recording a receiving touchdown. The only year where McCoy didn’t record a receiving touchdown was his rookie year in 2009.
Last time the Eagles hosted the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on 10/30/11, McCoy had 30 carries for 185 yards and two touchdowns, all categories being second-most in his career.
The highest yards per carry McCoy has had in a game is 9.31, which occurred on 12/12/10 in Dallas, and was also a Sunday Night Football game.
Jeremy Maclin has set career highs in receptions (74) and yards (1,109) this season. With 10 touchdowns, he is tied for a career high he set in 2010.
At 295 yards, Darren Sproles already has the most rushing yards since 2011 when he was with New Orleans. However, his receiving yards are on pace to be the fewest since 2008 when he played for San Diego.
Sproles has yet to record a receiving touchdown, despite recording at least two every year since 2008. However, Sproles’ five rushing touchdowns this year are a career high.
Sproles has three fumbles on the year, matching a career high set four previous times.
The retention of Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy puts the Eagles as 1/4 teams that still has their first and/or second round choices from the 2009 draft. The Cowboys have not a player remaining on the team, and only 3/12 of their picks are still in the NFL.
In every trip cornerback Brandon Carr has made to Lincoln Financial Field as a Dallas Cowboy, he has recorded an interception.
The last 9-4 team to fail to make the playoffs were the 2010 New York Giants. Since 2010, 10/11 teams that have been 9-4 have made the postseason.
The Dallas Cowboys are 4-3 on 12/14. Here are the results:
1969 – Colts, 27-10 – W
1974 – Raiders, 23-27 – L
1975 – WAS, 31-10 – W
1986 – PHI, 21-23 – L
1997 – @CIN, 24-31 – L
2003 – @WAS, 27-0 – W
2008 – NYG, 20-8 – W
The Dallas Cowboys have three birthdays to celebrate on Sunday:
Dave Edwards, LB, 1963-1975 – 12/14/1939
Bill Gregory, DT, 1971-1977 – 12/14/1949
Jeremy Mincey, DE, 2014-present – 12/14/83
The Cowboys also remember the passing of runningback Jim Stiger, who was with the club from 1963-65. Stiger died in 1981 at the age of 40 from an apparent heart attack playing racquetball at Lompac, California YMCA. He played in 33 games with Dallas, rushing for 470 yards on 110 carries and scoring two touchdowns. Stiger also caught 23 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown.