The winning touchdown throw, a 15-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper, was forced early by an all-out blitz on third down.
The throw was errant and behind Cooper, allowing cornerback Rasul Douglas to tip the ball.
Only problem was that he tipped it up and not down. Cooper snagged it and turned to run the rest of the way for the win.
"I played it perfectly,” Douglas said. “I got my hand in there. I couldn't get my other hand in there to make a pick. I tried to bat it down."
Soft doesn’t win
Good as the defense was — it cannot be blamed for the result — it failed when it mattered most.
More disconcerting was how soft Sidney Jones was on coverage downfield against Amari Cooper on the 28-yard touchdown pass that put the Cowboys back in the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter.
Technically, Cooper pushed off. But Jones, who was considered at the time to be the steal of the 2017 draft after falling to the second round because of a ruptured Achilles tendon, simply was just too soft on that play.
This is no different than the NBA. Soft players don’t get the calls.
Maybe Cre’Von LeBlanc, who supposedly is not as skilled but doesn’t play soft, would have fared better.
Big holes in the middle of the defense for dynamic runners like Zeke Elliott to run through. Elliott on Sunday had 72 yards by halftime and 113 for the game.
Like Peters on offense, their once-formidable run defense, which had come to be taken for granted, has become a liability — and it needs to be the top priority in the offseason. Nothing else should even be a close second.
With the 2019 draft expected to be loaded with defensive tackles, you can almost be certain that’s the position that will be addressed first.
No pass rush
The Eagles sacked Prescott just three times in 59 dropbacks. Not good enough by any standard.
He finished 42 of 54 for 455 yards and three TDs.
This is Dak Prescott we’re talking about. That’s a career-high yardage total.
… Maybe the defense is to blame.
The Eagles had just four first downs, 70 yards and no points at halftime.
Doesn’t matter what you do in the second half when you play that poorly.
“It’s frustrating,” Carson Wentz said. “It’s absolutely frustrating with the talent that we feel we have on the offensive side of the ball. We just couldn’t execute, couldn’t sustain drives and came up short here and there. Without a doubt it’s frustrating.”