Jack­son’s big plays lift Ea­gles over Cow­boys 30-27

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

AR­LING­TON, TEXAS: Michael Vick faked a hand­off and threw deep to DeSean Jack­son, a per­fect strike for 60 yards.

With that one play, the Philadel­phia Ea­gles sent the Dal­las Cow­boys a strong mes­sage - we're com­ing af­ter you.

Philadel­phia kept com­ing, mostly with big plays. Jack­son turned just four catches into 210 yards and LeSean McCoy ran for a ca­reer-high 149, lift­ing the Ea­gles to a 30-27 vic­tory over the Cow­boys on Sun­day night and strength­en­ing their grip on first place in the NFC East. "We put the pedal to the metal," said Philadel­phia coach Andy Reid, who also had to be sa­vor­ing his first win at Cow­boys Sta­dium af­ter a pair of painful de­feats here last sea­son.

Reid would love to be back here for the Su­per Bowl in Fe­bru­ary. He might have the team to do it, too, as the Ea­gles (9-4) won for the fifth time in six games. They are a halfgame ahead of the New York Giants in the di­vi­sion, and go to New York for a show­down with the Giants on Sun­day.

They'll have to hope Jack­son gets over a sprained an­kle by then.

The speedy wide­out was in­jured on the long­est play of his ca­reer, and the sec­ond­longest ever against Dal­las - a 91-yard catch and run early in the fourth quar­ter that put Philadel­phia ahead for good.

Dal­las (4-9) kept the game close through­out and even led 20-14. But Philadel­phia was just too strong, drop­ping the Cow­boys to 3-2 un­der in­terim coach Ja­son Gar­rett. They are of­fi­cially elim­i­nated from the play­offs and guar­an­teed their first los­ing sea­son since 2004.

" It doesn't feel good," team owner Jerry Jones said. "They made a cou­ple of big plays that we weren't able to make, but I liked the way we got af­ter Vick, I re­ally did. I like the way that we re­sponded when we got down each time, a whole bunch of good things." The game was tied at 20 when the Ea­gles were forced to start at their 9-yard line fol­low­ing a penalty on a punt re­turn. Jack­son al­ready had blis­tered the Cow­boys for 119 yards on three catches, so they were well aware of the need to con­tain him. -Ap

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