Birds Get Playoff Spot With Win Over Dallas

Last season, the Eagles couldn't win a game against their division rivals. This season, they went 5-1 against the NFC East, wrapping up the divisional portion of their schedule with a 23-7 win over Dallas to put themselves in the playoffs.

No matter what happens next week against Atlanta, the Philadelphia Eagles are in the playoffs. Exactly how they'll get their is in their hands. A win over Atlanta gives them the division title rather than just a wild card berth. The Eagles also get the division title if Dallas loses in their finale against Detroit.

The Eagles' offense put together 426 yards of total offense against the Cowboys - 222 passing and 204 yards rushing - in their 23-7 win over Dallas. The Defense dominated the Cowboys, including a key goal-line stand. The Cowboys started the second quarter with a first-and-goal on the Eagles' seven yard line. After moving the ball to the one, Marion Barber was shut down on three consecutive shots at the end zone and the Eagles took over on downs.

On the ensuing drive, the Eagles marched the ball down to the Dallas two, but settled for a field goal to go up 10-0. They had opened the scoring on their first drive of the game, going 90 yards and capping off the drive with a 25 yard touchdown pass to Matt Schobel.

The Cowboys got on the board only once when Tony Romo hit Terrell Owens with a 14 yard touchdown pass, making it a 10-7 game in the second quarter. Owens was held to just two catches for 23 yards in the game.

Jeff Garcia hit seven different receivers with passes, throwing for 238 yards and one touchdown. He also threw one interception, just his second interception this season, completing 15 of 23 passes. The Birds carried the ball 42 times in the win, including 26 by Brian Westbrook who finished the day with 122 yards rushing.

The Eagles outscored the Cowboys 61-31 in their two games this season and suffered their only division loss to the Giants in week two of the season. The two wins over Dallas would give the Eagles the division title if both teams finish with identical records. After Monday's game, both teams have 9-6 marks. The Eagles completed a sweep of three consecutive division games, beating Washington, New York and Dallas. They finish the season with a home game against Atlanta next Sunday. A win - or a Cowboys' loss - would give the Eagles their fifth division title in six seasons with the only blemish coming last season when they finished 6-10.


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