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Eagles at Cowboys live: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 14 game

Eagles at Cowboys live: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 14 game

 

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7:51 p.m.: That’s a crusher. Rasul Douglas got his hand on the ball in overtime on third down, but it deflected up to Amari Cooper who ran into the end zone for a touchdown. Ballgame. Awful way to lose. 

Final: Cowboys 29, Eagles 23 

7:34 p.m.: The Cowboys were driving at the end of regulation, but the Eagles got a late sack to send this game to extras. We’re going to overtime with the season on the line, game tied 23-23. 

Here. We. Go. 

7:26 p.m.: This is somehow still a game. An insane, doesn’t-make-any-sense wild game. The Eagles just drove 75 yards and Carson Wentz hit Darren Sproles for a six-yard touchdown. There’s 1:39 left. 

Eagles 23, Cowboys 23 

7:19 p.m.: The Eagles should have tied the game on a 75-yard touchdown catch by Dallas Goedert, but the refs called OPI. Ridiculous call. One of the worst I’ve ever seen. Still, Eagles driving with 2 minutes left. 

7:08 p.m.: The Eagles have life!

After another defensive stop, the Eagles got the ball on a short field and drove 47 yards to get in the end zone. Carson Wentz hit Dallas Goedert for a nice gainer and then for a 3-yard touchdown. There’s 3:12 left in regulation. 

Cowboys 16, Eagles 16 

6:55 p.m.: The Cowboys went on a 75-yard drive after the Eagles tied the game to retake the lead. The touchdown came on a 28-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper. It was a perfect ball that beat Sidney Jones in coverage. Jones was picked on during the drive. There’s 7:46 left in the game. 

Cowboys 16, Eagles 9 

6:34 p.m.: Buckle up. After a strip sack, the Eagles are driving as we get ready to enter the fourth quarter. 

After three: Cowboys 9, Eagles 6

But this is a game. It and the Eagles’ season might come down to these last 15 minutes. 

6:20 p.m.: One play can change the game. That just happened. 

Dak Prescott sailed a ball that Corey Graham intercepted and returned to the Dallas two yard line. On the next play, Carson Wentz hit Alshon Jeffery on a quick hitter. They ran the play they took from the Patriots earlier this season. 

But then Jake Elliott missed the extra point. Of course he did. 

Still, life in Dallas with 6:04 left in the third quarter. 

Cowboys 9, Eagles 6 

6:08 p.m.: The Eagles’ stagnant offense had a quick 3-and-out, the Cowboys drove down the field and kicked another field goal. The way this Eagles’ offense is playing, that might put the game out of reach. There’s still 8:59 left in the third quarter. 

Cowboys 9, Eagles 0 

5:44 p.m.: Just before the end of the half, the Cowboys had 1 second left and Brett Maher kicked a 62-yard field goal to put the Cowboys up by two field goals. 

At half: Cowboys 6, Eagles 0 

The Eagles are incredibly lucky they are down just six points in this game. It feels like it’s 35-0. The stats aren’t good, but the Eagles are down one score and get the ball back to start the second half. They desperately need to get something going. 

- The Cowboys ougtained the Eagles 233-70 in the first half. 

- Ezekiel Elliott had 72 rushing yards. So he’s outgunning the Eagles by himself. When you add his receiving yards, he’s up to 111 for the game. 

- The Cowboys have 14 first downs; the Eagles have four. 

- The Cowboys held the ball for 21:14 in the first half; the Eagles had it 8:46. 

And it’s still a one-score game. 

5:34 p.m.: As Dallas was threatening to score late in the second quarter, Doug Pederson accepted a holding call on third down to force a 3rd-and-23. Then on the next play, Rasul Douglas made a huge stop. Then the Cowboys missed a 45-yarder. 

5:10 p.m.: Huge INT from Rasul Douglas in the end zone early in the second quarter. It’s his second INT of the season. He now leads the team. Eagles ball down 3-0. 

Meanwhile, Corey Clement (knee) and Sidney Jones (hamstring) are both listed as questionable to return. 

5:01 p.m.: I still can’t get that opening kickoff that should have been a fumble out of my head, but the whole first quarter has already ticked away. The Cowboys are clinging to a small lead as we enter the second quarter. 

Carson Wentz has looked off early, which isn’t a good sign for the Eagles. They need more from him. 

After 1: Cowboys 3, Eagles 0 

4:33 p.m.: Weird start to this game. The Eagles forced a fumble on the opening kickoff, but the ball was ruled to belong to Dallas. The replay clearly showed the fumble, but the refs said there was no clear recovery. That was a bad call from them. It looked pretty clear the Eagles recovered. 

But the Eagles forced a 3-and-out anyway. 

4:12 p.m.: Some good results for the Eagles in the wild card race from the 1 p.m. games: 

Browns 26, Panthers 20

Giants 40, Redskins 16 

Saints 28, Buccaneers 14 

The Panthers and Redskins came into today with 6-6 records, while the Bucs were 5-7. The two teams in the wild card spots in the NFC right now play on Monday night: Vikings at Seahawks.  

4:08 p.m.: We’re getting close to kickoff. 

Here are some scenes from pregame warmups down here in the spaceship in Arlington: 

3:05 p.m.: Here’s the Eagles’ full list of inactive players on Sunday:  

Tim Jernigan (back spasms) 
Jordan Hicks (calf)
Avonte Maddox (knee, ankle)
Jordan Mailata
Matt Pryor
Chandon Sullivan 
Nate Sudfeld 

2:55 p.m.: I had someone accuse me of putting too much pressure on Carson Wentz after I tweeted this. Obviously, I’m not putting too much pressure on Wentz. There’s obviously a ton of pressure on him in this game. He needs to perform well if the Eagles have a chance to win and it’s the biggest game of their season. 

12:10 p.m.: Could this provide the Eagles a slight advantage?

10:57 a.m.: The 1 p.m. games to keep an eye on today: 

-Panthers at Browns 

-Saints at Buccaneers

-Giants at Redskins

The Redskins and Panthers are both 6-6 and the Bucs are 5-7, so all three teams are technically still in the wild card race. On Monday night, the two teams currently in the wild card spots — Seahawks and Vikings — play in Seattle. 

9:30 a.m.: If you needed to get even more pumped up for this game, may I suggest watching this video. 

“When the lights get bright, guess what, you get brighter!”

8 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! Are you all ready for the biggest game of the season? 

The Eagles got to Dallas yesterday afternoon for this game. Jalen Mills made the trip even though he was placed on IR. That’s a tough loss for the rest of the year, but he had already been ruled out for this game. 

I caught up with Lane Johnson as the Eagles arrived to the team hotel. This Dallas game always means more to him because he’s from Texas. He has a bunch of family coming in for the game, but this time Grandma knows who to root for. 

Little later start for this game, but we’ll try to update the blog throughout the day. 

Be sure to watch Eagles Pregame Live at 3 p.m. and tune in after the game for our complete breakdown on Eagles Postgame Live. 

Former Eagle Connor Barwin hired as special assistant to the general manager

Former Eagle Connor Barwin hired as special assistant to the general manager

Connor Barwin spent a lot of time at the Eagles’ complex the last couple months of the season, and now we know exactly why.

The Eagles on Friday afternoon announced that Barwin, who spent four years playing for the Eagles, has joined the team's front office in the role of special assistant to the general manager.

I'm done playing football, but my football career is not over," Barwin said in an interview on the team’s web site. "I want to stay involved. I want to help this team wherever I can and also learn the other side of the game from the coaches and the personnel side. There's still a lot that I can learn about the on-field part of the game, as well. I love being around the game. I still want to win a Super Bowl, multiple Super Bowls.

According to the Eagles’ web site, Barwin will work with the player personnel staff during the offseason and work on player development during the season, with an emphasis on mentoring players making the challenging transition from college to the NFL.

Barwin, 33, retired after spending last year with the Giants. He began his career with the Texans before signing a six-year, $36 million deal with the Eagles before the 2013 season.

He spent four of those seasons here and made his only Pro Bowl in 2014, when he had a career-high 14 1/2 sacks - the most by any Eagle over the last eight seasons.

Despite playing only four years here, Barwin ranks 15th in franchise history with 31 1/2 sacks, tied with Mike Mamula.

When Chip Kelly and his staff were fired after the 2015 season and new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz switched from a 3-4 defense under Bill Davis to a 4-3, Barwin moved from outside linebacker to defensive end. He had five sacks in 2016 and was released after the season.

Barwin spent 2017 with the Rams and 2018 with the Giants. He had 56 1/2 sacks in 10 seasons.

"I got to play for a bunch of really great coaches and look inside how other organizations are run," Barwin said. "That's some insight that I can bring to the Eagles."

Even after he left the Eagles, Barwin always considered Philadelphia home. He has made a huge impact in the community with his Make the World a Better Place foundation, which refurbishes and rebuilds parks and rec centers in Philadelphia.

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Eagles reportedly interviewing Graham Harrell for offensive coordinator job

Eagles reportedly interviewing Graham Harrell for offensive coordinator job

We have a new and interesting name in contention to be the Eagles’ next offensive coordinator.

The Eagles on Friday interviewed Southern California offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Graham Harrell, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane.

This is an interesting approach from the Eagles and Harrell would certainly qualify as an outside-the-box hire. 

Harrell, 34, spent last season at USC but notably has an extensive history with Mike Leach and his Air Raid Offense. Harrell played for Leach at Texas Tech from 2004-08 before going to the CFL and NFL and then coached under Leach at Washington State from 2014-15. 

So Harrell would likely be able to bring some new and potentially exciting concepts to Doug Pederson’s offense. Remember, Jeff Stoutland is the Eagles’ run game coordinator, which meant that Mike Groh was pretty much the pass game coordinator for the last two seasons before he was fired. Since he wouldn’t call plays, that would basically be Harrell’s role if he got the job in Philly. 

At USC, Harrell was hired by head coach Clay Helton when Kliff Kingsbury left after a month to take the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals. USC wanted to have an Air Raid style, so they turned to Harrell. 

In his one year as the offensive coordinator at USC, the Trojans improved drastically in major statistical categories on offense from 2018: 

Points per game: 26.1 to 32.5
Yards per game: 382.6 to 454.0 
Passing yards per game: 248.2 to 335.8  

Check out this interesting excerpt from an Aug. 1 story in Sports Illustrated about Harrell’s hire at USC and his thoughts on the offensive system he comes with:

“People hear Air Raid and they think five wide receivers, no tight ends, 60 pass attempts and 50 points a game. To Harrell, the Air Raid is something else. It is working to death a small number of plays, with shorter playcalls, perfecting those plays and out-executing — not out-scheming — the opponent. Option-based coaches, like former Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, operate under similar mentalities, but with a different focus: rushing the football. Leach does it through the air. “You can’t do everything. I think a lot of people try to take a little bit of everything offensively,” Harrell says. “If you do that, you don’t have much of an identity. You’re just O.K. at everything and not really good at something.”

At times over the last few seasons, the Eagles have found success after simplifying. They’ve also found success using an up-tempo pace to get Carson Wentz into a rhythm. These seem like concepts that would mesh with Harrell’s philosophy. 

And we also know that Pederson values coaches who, like himself, were once players. After he left Texas Tech, Harrell played one season (but was injured) for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then was a backup quarterback in Green Bay for a few seasons and with the New York Jets for a season in 2013. Harrell’s only NFL game action came in 2012 as a member of the Packers. He played in four games and threw just four career passes. 

Since then, though, he’s been a quick riser in the coaching world. And he has some fresh ideas that might help an Eagles offense that has been far too stagnant at times over the last couple seasons. 

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