7-on-7: Top Cowboys-Eagles Stories in Jason Garrett Era

Head coach Jason Garrett declined to share any Cowboys-Eagles stories having spent a combined 16 years as a player and coach. "There are a lot of great stories through the years. There really are. Maybe we'll share them off-camera sometime," Garrett said. Well, we have some. Here are our top seven Cowboys-Eagles games in Garrett's time in the Cowboys organization.

There are snowballs and batteries and golfballs and boos as part of the recent Cowboys-Eagles rivalry. Dallas coach Jason Garrett says we'll go "have a lemonade sometime'' to discuss 'em. But we've got a game this weekend in Philly. We can't wait. So our own Top 7 in the (general) Garrett Era of Cowboys-Eagles games ...

7. -- October 10, 1992: Cowboys 7, Eagles 31

We're fudging a bit on this one as it was on the 'eve' of RedBall's arrival. But it deserves mention in this window. So we fudge. The 3-0 Cowboys had a showdown with the 3-0 Eagles on Monday Night Football, and Dallas was facing an old friend in running back Herschel Walker, who was now with Philadelphia after a two season stint with the Vikings. Aikman was below average going 19/38 for 256 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Reggie White, Clyde Simmons, and Andy Harmon combined for four sacks against the future three-time Super Bowl champion. Cunningham wasn't exactly lighting it up going 11/19 for 124 yards and an interception. But the Ghost of Cowboys Past carried the ball 19 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns. The only Triplet that was effective was Michael Irvin with four catches for 105 yards.

6. -- December 10, 1995: Cowboys 17, Eagles 20

After a slug-it-out fourth quarter that featured fumbles and three-and-outs for both sides, the 8-5 Eagles were desperate for a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, while the 10-3 Cowboys couldn't afford another loss in their homefield advantage race with the 49ers. After Gary Anderson booted a 38-yard field goal with a little over nine minutes to go, the whole game came down to a fourth-and-1 from his own 20-yard line. Head coach Barry Switzer elected to give the league-leading rusher the ball, and he was stuffed for no gain... twice. An officials error nullified the first no-gain, but Switzer was obstinant in wanting to give Emmitt the ball. Philadelphia went three-and-out -- no problem -- but Anderson kicked a 42-yard field goal to win the game for the Eagles.

5. -- December 28, 2008: Cowboys 6, Eagles 44

After losing the final game in Texas Stadium to the Baltimore Ravens, the Cowboys were orphans, and the Eagles beat them as such in the season finale as the two NFC East rivals vied for the conference's last playoff spot. The Cowboys actually strip-sacked Donovan McNabb and tied up the game 3-3 heading into the second quarter. But the bottom fell out of the Cowboys season when Correll Buckhalter caught a 59-yard pass to setup a one-yard McNabb touchdown scramble to make it 10-3. Buckhalter scored a four-yard touchdown of a McNabb pass to put Philadelphia up 17-3. After a Romo interception, the Eagles marched back down the field and McNabb hit tight end Brent Celek for a one-yard touchdown to go up 24-3. As if that wasn't bad enough, Pacman Jones fumbled the kickoff return and the Eagles recovered. Kicker David Aikers nailed a 50-yard field goal to help his team go into halftime with a 27-3 lead. The Eagles scored 17 points off three Dallas turnovers -- two of which were Romo's fault -- to take a commanding 44-3 fourth-quarter lead. Nick Folk kicked a piddly 42-yard field goal, but the damage was done. The Eagles rode the 44-6 victory over the Cowboys into the playoffs and ultimately reached the NFC Championship Game.

4. -- November 2, 1998: Cowboys 34, Eagles 0

The Ray Rhodes era in Philadelphia was coming to a close as the Chan Gailey tenure in Dallas was getting underway. Both teams were coming off their bye week, and the Cowboys were getting Troy Aikman back from injury. For the Eagles, their starting quarterback, Rodney Peete, would be injured on the Eagles' first drive and backup Bobby Hoying would have to fill in with a 13/39, 124, and two-pick performance. Emmitt ran over the Eagles with 23 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. Deion Sanders added a 69-yard punt return in the second quarter to give Dallas a 17-0 lead, and the blowout was on.

3. -- October 10, 1999: Cowboys 10, Eagles 13

The first game for Andy Reid in this rivaly was the last one for Michael Irvin. The Playmaker caught an eight-yard slant with five minutes to go in the first quarter, and his head slammed into the hard, unforgiving artificial turf of Veterans Stadium. Immediately, Eagles fans began cheering as Irvin lie motionless on the green turf. Dallas would ride a 10-0 lead early into the fourth quarter until Philadelphia, led by the unforgetable Doug Pederson, scored 13 unanswered points to get Coach Reid his first win of his career and end a two-game losing skid to Dallas at Veterans Stadium. Irvin, who was subsequently diagnosed with a narrowing of the spinal column, would not return for the season and would retire at the end of the season.

2. -- November 4, 2007: Cowboys 38, Eagles 17

Donovan McNabb proclaimed the week before the NFC East still ran through Philadelphia. Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens, an ex-Eagle, countered that it would still be true if he were still catching passes from McNabb. Owens didn't catch a touchdown against his former home stadium the year before, but he did this time along with 10 catches for 174 yards. T.O. taunted the home crowd with a mock fluttering of wings after he scored his 45-yard touchdown from Tony Romo, but the most iconic moment from the evening was tight end Jason Witten running for yards after losing his helmet in a collision. Dallas improved to 7-1 en route to a 13-3 record and the top spot in the NFC playoffs.

1. December 14, 2014: Cowboys 38, Eagles 27

The Eagles vanquished the Cowboys 33-10 on Thanksgiving just two weeks prior, and everybody knows Dallas and Tony Romo don't win in December. Therefore, the Cowboys were going to collapse again. Instead, the game began with a 47-yard Dan Bailey kickoff that the Cowboys recovered at the Eagles 18-yard line. Early in the second quarter, the Cowboys were up 21-0, but Chip Kelly's quick-strike offense scored 24 unanswered points to take a 24-21 lead until running back DeMarco Murray scored a touchdown with 39 seconds left in the third quarter. Dez Bryant hauled in six catches for 114 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys earned their first 10-win season since 2009.

FUN FACT: The Cowboys were 4-4 at Veterans Stadium when Garrett was a player, and have been 6-2 at Lincoln Financial Field since he became offensive coordinator in 2007.


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