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Dallas Cowboys Pony Up The Points, 51-26, To Close Out Season With Win Against Philadelphia Eagles

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Dallas ended the season on a high — specifically in points scored and touchdowns tossed by quarterback Dak Prescott. The Cowboys blew out NFC East-rival Philadelphia Eagles, on Saturday night, 51-26.

Philly played without starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, resting the franchise QB ahead of the team’s postseason appearance. Backup QB Gardner Minshew completed 19-of-33 passes for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

In place of Michael Gallup, the third piece of the Cowboys’ receiving attack, was Cedrick Wilson — ending the night as Dallas’ standout receiver. He caught five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

Before his early exit in the third, Dak completed 21-of-27 passing for 295 yards and five touchdowns (a career-high).

A bulk of the Cowboys’ attack came in the first half. Philly got the first score of the evening — a 3-yard pass to Tyree Jackson — but the Cowboys offense retaliated

Dak found Wilson for Dallas’ first touchdown to tie the score (7-7), and later found the receiver for 24 yards in the second quarter to go up (17-10).

A 7-yard rushing touchdown by Kenneth Gainwell tied things up before Dallas scored 13 unanswered points before the half. 30-17.

Once they returned on the field, Dallas resumed their onslaught with 21 answered, going up 51-20 with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Former Eagles running back Corey Clement contributed to Dallas’ 171 total rushing yards, adding an 8-yard receiving touchdown to kickstart the fourth. Ezekiel Elliott was the night’s lead rusher with 18 carries for 87 yards.

Philadelphia’s Quez Watkins found a garbage-time score with a 36-yarder from Minshew, then failing to convert the two-point attempt.

Eagles rookie DeVonta Smith netted the title for most receiving yards by an Eagles rookie wide receiver (916), surpassing DeSean Jackson’s record (912). He finished his first-year campaign with 64 receptions and five receiving touchdowns.

Prescott broke another record on Saturday: tossing his 37th touchdown, the most ever in a season by a Cowboys quarterback. Tony Romo previously set the record in 2007.

Dallas finishes the season atop the NFC East (12-5) and with a renewed outlook for the franchise following head coach Mike McCarthy’s lusterless rookie year.

Philadelphia finishes the year 9-8 and expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild-card round. Philly went 0-7 against winning teams this season.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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