The Cowboys and Eagles met in Dallas on Sunday with the winner taking the driver’s seat in the NFC East. The Cowboys led for most of the game, but were never able to pull away from the Eagles, who seemingly always had an answer.
A late Philadelphia touchdown tied the game at 23, and the Cowboys weren’t able to get a game-winning score on their final drive of regulation. In overtime, both teams were scoreless through 13 minutes, when Dak Prescott went to his favorite target on the day, Amari Cooper.
Cooper finished the game with a ridiculous 10 catches for 217 yards and three touchdowns. His final catch was the game-winning touchdown and came on a tipped pass that popped up in the air, where he corralled it and took it into the end zone for a 29-23 win.
It was a great defensive play to get a hand on the ball, but unfortunately, football’s bounce in weird ways and this time it went straight up in the air for Cooper to grab it.
The win moves Dallas to 8-5 on the season, a full two games clear of the Eagles at 6-7 and making them a near lock for the postseason, provided they don’t lose out the rest of the way. With Washington falling apart, the NFC East is a two-horse race and this game makes it increasingly likely the defending Super Bowl champs won’t make the postseason.