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From Hope to Despair: Cowboys' Late Rally Denied by Eagles

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

With less than a minute to go, Dallas needed to drive down the field and find the endzone. Despite two costly penalties by the Philadelphia defense, Dallas still couldn't finish the job. As a result, they lost and are now 5-3, while Philadelphia improved to 8-1. Despite a series of unfortunate circumstances, Dallas could have won, but Philadelphia outperformed their longtime NFC East foes.

Despite having more total yards than Philadelphia, Dak Prescott getting sacked five times didn't do Dallas any good. Luke Schoonmaker's nullified touchdown late in the fourth and Prescott's failed two-point conversion only rubbed salt to the wound. Philadelphia took advantage of their afforded opportunities, and that's how they emerged victorious. Dallas tried to rally from a 28-17 deficit with less than ten minutes to go but failed. The Eagles can enjoy their bye week while Dallas prepares for round 2 against the New York Giants.

Dallas' running game could not prove to be effective. Throughout the week, it was discussed whether or not Dallas made a costly mistake not attempting to acquire Derrick Henry prior to the trade deadline. Prescott having to throw the ball 44 times proved to be a little stressful despite having 374 yards through the air and three touchdowns. Prescott played well despite several costly errors, and he connected well with CeeDee Lamb, who finished with 11 catches for 191 yards. The offensive line could not perform to the best of their ability, and it hurt Dallas deeply.

It was interesting to see Jalen Hurts only have 207 yards through the air. Philadelphia's running game didn't do as much damage as it could have. Hurts was sacked three times, but his two touchdown passes and rushing score proved exceptional for the Eagles. In Dallas' case, the defense's inability to force turnovers was costly. Philadelphia always found a way to get out of one jam and another. And now, it's Dallas' turn to get out of a jam of their own and look to start a new winning streak.

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