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Eagles beat Cowboys, lead NFC East

Eagles inch closer to the playoffs with win over Cowboys.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz  reacts after his touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.  Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Wentz played well in a must-win game, as he led the Eagles over the Dallas Cowboys 17-9. Philadelphia outplayed Dallas the whole game but couldn’t seem to extend their lead, but in the end, their defense held Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to just three Kai Forbath field goals to take over the top spot in the NFC East.

Philadelphia still needs to finish out the season with a win over the Giants or have the Cowboys lose to Washington next week, but they hold the playoffs in their hands. The Giants and Daniel Jones played well offensively this week in an overtime win over Washington and the Eagles have shown they can play horribly at any time, so the Cowboys still have a chance.

Dallas played conservatively, in Jason Garrett style and never seemed to get anything going. Garrett is all but gone this off season, as he has coached them to a standstill this year. The Cowboys have one of, if not the best, offenses in the league on paper but couldn’t turn that into wins and that is on the coach. Jerry Jones will likely give up on Garrett a few seasons too late.

Miles Sanders continued his strong play, rushing 20 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and catching five passes for 77 more yards while Dallas Goedert took over for a hurting Zach Ertz, catching nine passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Sanders might have cost a few fantasy teams a championship though, as he pulled a Brian Westbrook and kneeled instead of going in for a last second touchdown.