By Terrance Turner
The Dallas Cowboys played rival Philadelphia Eagles on “Monday Night Football” tonight. It’s been a year since Prescott last played in AT&T Stadium after his ankle injury last year. Tonight, he looked better than ever. Prescott completed 80% of his passes, helped by a solid supporting cast.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott put Dallas on the board with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Kicker Greg Zuerlein’s extra-point kick was good. The Cowboys led 7-0 with 11:47 left in the first quarter. But within two minutes Philadelphia had tied them; Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox recovered a Dallas fumble for a touchdown.
The Cowboys answered when quarterback Dak Prescott threw to tight end Dalton Schultz for the touchdown. Then they put together a 13-play, 65-yard drive capped by Elliott. His 3-yard touchdown run put Dallas firmly on top. Zuerlein missed the extra-point kick. The Cowboys led 20-7 at halftime.
The Eagles struggled on their drive. QB Jalen Hurts missed TE Dallas Goedert on one pass and got intercepted on the other. Cowboys cornerback Trevon Smith picked off the pass and returned it 59 yards for the touchdown. Smith’s pick-six made it 27-7.
The Eagles responded with an 8-play, 90-yard drive. They surged down the field with surgical precision, picking up one first down after another. The offense shined, with deft scrambles by Hurts and two big catches by TE Zach Ertz. It was he who got targeted in the end zone; Hurts threw to a wide-open Ertz for the touchdown. The Cowboys’ lead narrowed, 27-14.
Dallas got off to a red-hot start but was forced to punt after being stifled by the Philly defense. But the Cowboys returned the favor, blocking the Eagles from scoring any points on their drive. The scoring stalemate ended when Cowboys took off on a 61-yard drive. Elliott went three yards up the middle and took them to the 10-yard line. It was 1st and goal. After a one-yard scramble and a three-yard sack, it was 3rd and goal. Prescott ran two yards but slid short of the goal line. Now it was 4th and goal. Would Dallas settle for a field goal?
The Cowboys decided to go for it. Prescott threw to wide receiver Cedric Wilson — and got the touchdown. Zuerlein got the extra point. Dallas led 34-14. But it wouldn’t stay that way for long. Prescott heaved a pass to Dalton Schultz for yet another score, but Hurts hurled a ball to receiver Greg Ward Jr. In a sea of Cowboy defenders, Ward caught a bullet pass from Hurts for the touchdown.
But it was already far too late. The Cowboys won, 41-21