Dallas Breaks the First Round Curse

by Travis Pulver

It had been a long time since the Cowboys have made any noise in the playoffs; not since 1996. Another loss would have given them a record they did not want to hold, but luckily fate was on their side Saturday night as the Cowboys cruised to a 34-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles .

Dallas’s victory was truly a team effort. The defense was stellar as they harassed McNabb all night long often knocking him down and registering four sacks on the night to go with an interception. Eight different players caught passes from Romo who had an efficient night albeit not a statistically impressive night.

If a star had to be picked it would be Felix Jones and the offensive line. The guys in the trenches opened holes for the speedster all night long as he trotted all over the field on the way to gaining 148 yards on the night (with a long of 73) and one touchdown.

For all his talk, DeSean Jackson was not a factor in the game again . McNabb looked flustered at times even, like he and his receivers were not on the same page. It did not help that the Dallas front seven was in his face most of the night. The lack of a consistent threat out of the backfield made it easier for Dallas to dial up the defense to do what it needed to do. McCoy has shown flashes of brilliance and will undoubtedly be a good NFL player; Westbrook was one of the best. His injury issues this year may have gotten the best of the running back known for being prone to aches and pains.

It will be interesting to see if Philly makes any changes over the off-season. The running game did suffer without Westbrook. Whether or not he is healthy enough to return next year remains to be seen. McCoy could be the heir apparent, but is he ready to take the reins? Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb have been joined at the hip during their time in Philly, but could Kevin Kolb be the best guy for the job right now? Reid has stated that McNabb is his man; McNabb has made it known that he wants to keep playing.

The question will be whether the front office thinks they need to do something in order to go from being that really good team that makes the playoffs every year in order to become a legitimate Super Bowl contender. For now they will have to sit and see if their division rival can move onto the next round after facing off against the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre.

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