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Week 18 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 14, Dallas Cowboys 34
|QB Donovan McNabb, Pass: 19 - 37 - 230 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 13 - 0|
McNabb had a horrendous night as he never got comfortable or locked in because of an inspired defensive performance by the Cowboys. Early, McNabb was off, almost picked, indecisive, and generally flustered. He had some success in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, only to have Leonard Weaver fumble and kill any momentum McNabb had generated. He was finally able to mount a drive when the Eagles fell behind by 27 (Michael Vick's throw to Jeremy Maclin had accounted for their only TD), but even when McNabb was trying to make the score respectable in the fourth quarter garbage time, he was still taking sacks and looking frustrated.
|QB Michael Vick, Pass: 1 - 2 - 76 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0|
Vick came in and hit Jeremy Maclin with a 73 yard play-action TD to tie the game up at seven, but a fumbled exchanged marred his second appearance, and helped the game get away from the Eagles in the first half. Vick did get back in on a second half first-and-goal snap, but he was pressured and unable to make anything happen.
|RB Leonard Weaver, Rush: 5 - 19 - 0, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (3 targets)|
Weaver was getting some yards between the tackles early, but his fumbled exchange with Michael Vick and fumbled reception in the two-minute drill helped put nails in the Eagles coffin in the first half.
|RB LeSean McCoy, Rush: 5 - 24 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)|
McCoy was corraled early and didn't have a good gain until the second half. Unlike the Jets and Cardinals, the Eagles didn't try to harness their rookie back's fresh legs with a lot of touches.
|RB Brian Westbrook, Rec: 1 - 27 - 0 (2 targets)|
Westbrook was barely even seen on the field in the first half. He had a long catch and run on a screen pass in the second half, but by then the game had gotten away from the Eagles.
|WR Jeremy Maclin, Rec: 7 - 146 - 1 (12 targets)|
Maclin got away from his man after a nice throw from Michael Vick to go 73 yards for a TD and tie the game at seven. He also had some nice moves in the open field to get a long gain in garbage time. He has made strides this year and should be a strong #2 to Jackson's #1 next year.
|WR DeSean Jackson, Rec: 3 - 14 - 1 (7 targets)|
Jackson got one deep target when the game was in question, but Mike Jenkins peeled off his man and joined the play to break up the pass. He scored with an open field move on a short pass near the goal line, but by then the game's outcome was no longer in question.
|WR Jason Avant, Rec: 2 - 32 - 0 (3 targets)|
Avant had a few catches in the failed two-minute drill at the end of the first half, but otherwise was a non-factor.
|TE Brent Celek, Rec: 3 - 59 - 0 (5 targets)|
Celek took a huge hit (drawing a penalty) early in the game. He wasn't heard from again until a broken tackle gave the Eagles a nice gain to open the second half. He padded his stats with some catches on the last drive of the game, but like the rest of the Eagles passing game, Celek had little effect on the final score.
|QB Tony Romo, Pass: 23 - 35 - 244 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0|
Romo was calm and collected throughout the game, making subtle moves in the pocket and accurate throws on time to move the offense. Simple design to passing plays early helped him get in Eagles territory only to have the drive stalled out by sacks and penalties. Romo made a great deep throw to Miles Austin later in the first half to draw a pass interference penalty and set up the game's first TD on a play action throw to John Phillips on first and goal. Romo weathered some good pressure from Philly in the first half to execute a trio of third-and-longs to keep drives alive and open up a nice first-half cushion on the scoreboard. His quick throw to Austin made Romo's second TD look like child's play, and he also executed the two-minute drill to perfection to put the Cowboys up 20 at the half. Romo didn't make any big plays in the second half, but he executed well to extend drives and keep the Eagles defense off balance when he was asked to throw.
|RB Felix Jones, Rush: 16 - 148 - 1, Rec: 1 - 30 - 0 (2 targets)|
Jones was a revelation, ripping off big gains on early draw plays and an acrobatic catch and run down the sidelines. He got outside later in the first half and set the Cowboys up with a first and goal inside the five. His 73-yard TD run in the second half was death blow to the Eagles. Jones got outside, turned on the afterburners, and then made a crisp cutback to keep the one downfield defender from stopping him on the way to the end zone. He is poised to be the lead back for Dallas heading into next week's matchup vs. the Vikings.
|RB Tashard Choice, Rush: 14 - 42 - 1, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (3 targets)|
Choice got involved early with a nice run out of the wildcat and ended up being a presence running between the tackles when Marion Barber left the game with an injury. Choice converted a TD in short yardage to give the Cowboys a lead they would not relinquish and had some strong runs in the fourth quarter to help milk the clock.
|RB Marion Barber, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0|
Barber had a few minimal gains early before leaving the game in the first quarter with a knee injury
|WR Miles Austin, Rec: 7 - 82 - 1 (10 targets)|
Austin had his strong regular season campaign spill over into the postseason. In addition to hurting the Eagles with a third down conversion on the game's first scoring drive, Austin drew the pass interference penalty to set up the score. He also had a long catch and run to set up the Cowboys FG to pull ahead by more than one score, and he scored their third TD on a quick pass deep in Eagles territory to put them up by 17.
|WR Roy Williams, Rec: 5 - 59 - 0 (8 targets)|
Williams was strong early in single coverage and ran well after the catch, but his game was marred with a slip inside the 10 on a play that should have been a TD, and a slow reaction to a hot read throw that could have been an interception.
|WR Patrick Crayton, Rec: 3 - 34 - 0 (4 targets)|
Crayton converted key third downs when the game was tied at seven and right before Felix Jones knockout blow TD run and seems to have taken well to his slot receiver role.
|WR Kevin Ogletree, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)|
Ogletree had a designed short throw to give him a chance to run in the red zone on the Cowboys first drive, but a penalty on Jason Witten for blocking downfield before the catch nullified the gain inside the five.
|TE Jason Witten, Rec: 4 - 27 - 0 (5 targets)|
Witten had a nice catch and run down to the 1 to set up the Cowboys second TD, and also did a nice job blocking in the running game, but was mainly a supporting cast player in this big win.