Ea­gles rise up, seize con­trol

They deny Cow­boys divi­sion ti­tle, can claim crown with win in fi­nale

Orlando Sentinel - - NFL - By Dan Gelston

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.

MICHAEL PEREZ/AP

Boston Scott jumps over the Cow­boys’ C.J. Good­win on a run dur­ing the Ea­gles’ win Sun­day in Philadel­phia.

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