For the first time this season the Dallas Cowboys’ destiny was not in their hands.
And it showed.
The Cowboys’ season came to an end Sunday evening 1500 miles away in the Philadelphia Eagles 34-`17 win against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.
While Dallas posted their second 40-point performance in three weeks, the Eagles powered through their injury-riddled roster to clinch their second division title in three years.
Jaylon Smith recorded his first career interception, while Xavier Woods recovered his second fumble during the quarter. Both led to a pair of Dallas field goals that helped them maintain a 6-0 lead heading into the second.
Following a field goal from Washington, Dallas opened their lead to 10 on a 13-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Ezekiel Elliott.
A pair of punts from both sides, coupled with a turnover on downs from the Redskins, gave the ball back to Dallas on their 39. Elliott continued to be a force as an 18-yard catch by Randall Cobb set up a 33-yard touchdown run from Zeke a couple plays later.
The Redskins responded with a 10-play, 74-yard touchdown drive that set the score at 20-10 Dallas at the half.
Washington opened the second half with a field goal that reduced their deficit to seven. However, the offense most people hoped to see in week 16, came to life in the final half of their 2019 campaign.
The Cowboys only needed seven plays to travel 75 yards for their third touchdown of the season. On 3rd & 2 from the WSH 46, Prescott bullied his way down the field on a QB keeper for 23 yards. A few plays later, he would find Michael Gallup in the back of the end zone on a beautiful top-tap spinning catch with a defender draped down his back.
The two sides would exchange field goals on their next two possessions as Kai Forbath moved to 9-of-9 on his FGs since joining Dallas.
Following a Washington punt, Prescott connected with Gallup for his second score of the game as he swiftly broke his defender towards the middle of the field before sprinting 32 yards to the endzone.
Down 37-16, Washington’s offense continued to press. Faced with a 4th & 2 near midfield, Case Keenum’s pass fell incomplete down the middle of the field.
With 12:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, Prescott continued to feed the hot hand in Gallup. Gallup magically spun off of an attempted Redskin tackle, using his off-hand to regain his balance before taking his third score of the night 45 yards for six.
The second-year receiver finished the contest with five catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns. Amari Cooper followed him with four catches for 92 yards, while Randall Cobb had five receptions for 81 yards.
Kai Forbath booted home his 11th consecutive field goal of the season from 40 yards out to give Dallas a final score of 47-16.
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