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