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Dak Prescott overcomes slow start to lead Cowboys to OT win over Eagles

The Eagles let the Cowboys rally late in the game to get the win.

Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Eagles’ defense let Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys slip away from them, and their chances at winning the NFC East may have also evaporated with the 29-23 loss.

The Eagles outplayed the Cowboys throughout most of the game, limiting quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott en route to a 20-13 lead entering the fourth quarter. The lead wouldn’t hold, though, thanks to some late-game heroics from Prescott and the Dallas offense.

Prescott is having a remarkable rookie season for the Cowboys, but he struggled mightily in the second and third quarters against the Eagles. Prescott finished the day having completed just 19 of 39 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. It was just Prescott’s second interception of the year.

Elliott is averaging 117.2 yards per game, but was limited to just 96 yards by the Eagles’ defense.

Late in the fourth quarter, though, trailing 23-16, Prescott led an 11-play, 90-yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant to even up the score.

Carson Wentz, another rookie quarterback who has impressed so far this season, had a mistake-free day, but the Dallas defense limited him to 202 yards and one touchdown. The Cowboys stepped up on the Eagles’ final possession of regulation, coming up with a big sack on Wentz to force a three-and-out and send the game into overtime.

The Cowboys took possession first in overtime, and Prescott executed a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Dallas needed a touchdown to win, and it looked like the drive might stall out and force the Cowboys to settle for a field goal.

On fourth-and-1 from the Philadelphia 28-yard line, Prescott pushed through on a keeper to get the first down, aided by a solid effort from the Cowboys’ offensive line. Line play was inconsistent for the Cowboys all night, but on that final drive, they made a difference.

Prescott took advantage of a miscommunication between Eagles safeties Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins to hit a wide-open Jason Witten for a touchdown, sealing the win for Dallas.

The collision between McLeod and Jenkins was emblematic of the way the Eagles let a win, and possibly a shot to win the NFC East, slip away on Sunday.

Following the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that Tony Romo will not yet be ready to return to the field next week against the Cleveland Browns. Thanks to Prescott’s late-game performance, we’ll be spared of the scorching hot Romo takes for this week, at least.