Eagles rise up, seize control
They deny Cowboys division title, can claim crown with win in finale
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz ran off the field with his arms raised in triumph, a defining victory for a criticized quarterback that led an Eagles team limping toward the finish to first in the NFC East.
His shaky receivers, suddenly sure-handed.
The wins that got away, now sealed in crunch time.
“You can see the sense of belief that each of these guys have,” Wentz said.
Believe this, the Eagles need one more win to go from 5-7 to division champs.
Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones broke up Dak Prescott’s fourth-down pass to wide receiver Michael Gallup in the end zone with 1:15 left in the game, and the Eagles denied the Cowboys a division crown in a 17-9 win Sunday.
“Game on the line, you know you gotta make a stop and it’s time to rise,” Jones said. “When we get those plays, we’re going to make them.”
The Cowboys (7-8) would have clinched their second straight NFC East title with a win. And, they would have eliminated the Eagles (8-7), who only need to win their final game next week against the Giants to clinch the East. The Cowboys can still win the East with a win next week against the Redskins and an Eagles loss.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones left his suite with time left on the clock — and perhaps with time running out on Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. The difference between a division title and missing the playoffs could seal Garrett’s fate.
“We all expected to leave here as NFC East champs,” Jones said. “We’re not.”
Yes, it’s been an ugly season for the division. But the Eagles won’t care about records if they’re hosting a NFC wild-card game.
Wentz was 31 for 40 for 319 yards and a touchdown, and Miles Saunders ran for a score to keep the Eagles’ playoff hopes alive.
Boston Scott jumps over the Cowboys’ C.J. Goodwin on a run during the Eagles’ win Sunday in Philadelphia.