Cowboys Defeat Eagles 14-13 In Season Finale

The Dallas Cowboys turbulent 2010 season comes to a close in Philadelphia on Sunday.

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Stephen McGee Wins First Career Start As Cowboys Defeat Eagles

(Sports Network) – Stephen McGee’s four-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 55 seconds remaining lifted the Dallas Cowboys over the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-13, in a meaningless Week 17 matchup from Lincoln Financial Field.

McGee, making his first career start, completed 11-of-27 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown to finish off a disappointing season for the Cowboys (6-10), who ended the year 5-3 under interim head coach Jason Garrett after Wade Phillips was fired. It was reported early in the day that Garrett will remain as the head coach next year.

Already locked in as the No. 3 seed in the conference, the NFC East- champion Eagles (10-6) rested most of their starters. Philadelphia will host the sixth-seeded Packers in the opening round of the playoffs in a 4:30 p.m. (et) start next Sunday.

The Packers, who beat the Bears, 10-3, on Sunday to get into the postseason, defeated Philly in Week 1.

With Michael Vick resting a quad injury, Kevin Kolb connected on 18-of-36 passes for 162 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

Jerome Harrison rushed for 99 yards on 21 carries. Rookie Chad Hall caught six passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Trailing by six, 13-7, Dallas got the ball at its own 46 with 2:54 to play. Faced with a 4th-and-inches from the Philly 45, Chris Gronkowski rumbled up the middle for one yard. Witten caught a 33-yard pass two plays later to put the ball at the 11-yard line. Then on 3rd-and-3 from the four, Witten caught a pass from McGee to put Dallas ahead 14-13 with 55 ticks to go.

Terence Newman picked off Kolb to seal the victory on 4th-and-19 from the Philly 11.

Philadelphia controlled the field-position battle in the first quarter, and forced Dallas to punt from its own 10 late in the period. A 13-yard return by Hall set up the Eagles at the Cowboys’ 39-yard line with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

Jason Avant caught a 21-yard pass on the second play to get Philly in the red zone. Hall hauled in a 10-yard pass on 3rd-and-8 prior to catching a four-yard touchdown with 14:53 to go until half.

The next Eagles possession resulted in a Kolb fumble. Anthony Spencer stripped the ball from Kolb and DeMarcus Ware picked up the ball and raced 17 yards the other way for a 7-7 game.

Philly was driving early in the third quarter, but Newman picked off Kolb at the 10-yard line. Dallas got to the 35-yard line of the Eagles, but failed to convert a 4th-and-4.

Following a pair of punts, Philadelphia took over at its own 40. Harrison’s 36-yard run helped set up a 43-yard David Akers field goal with 14:24 to play in the game.

Dallas got the ball to the 34 of the Eagles before David Buehler missed a 52- yard field goal.

Hall then caught a 48-yard pass on the first play of the ensuing possession. Philly settled for a 22-yard Akers field goal and 13-7 lead with 7:01 to play.

Game Notes

The Cowboys hold a 56-44 advantage in their all-time regular-season series with the Eagles. Dallas and Philly split the season series with each team winning on the road…Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles left the game with a left ankle injury…Dallas quarterback Jon Kitna strained his oblique last week…Philadelphia set a franchise record for points scored in a season with 439. The previous mark was 429, set by last year’s club…Ware had three sacks.

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NFL Week 17: Dallas Cowboys (5-10) Vs. Philadelphia Eagles (10-5)

The Dallas Cowboys season will finally come to a close on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles play host to the Cowboys in Week 17.

The Cowboys are likely to start their third quarterback of the season on Sunday as Stephen McGee is expected to draw the start for Dallas. Jon Kitna, who had been filling in for an injured Tony Romo, injured himself attempting to scramble for a touchdown on Christmas night against the Arizona Cardinals. McGee completed 11 of 17 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown pass in relief of the injured Kitna.

The Eagles will be starting their backup quarterback too. Kevin Kolb, who entered the season as the starter in Philadelphia, will draw the start for the Eagles. Michael Vick has been ruled out with a quadricep injury, which he suffered in Philadelphia's loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night. 

Philadelphia has clinched the NFC East - something that the Dallas Cowboys had aspirations of doing early in the season. The Eagles are also locked into the No. 3 seed in the NFC after their loss to the Vikings, which is the driving force behind the resting of Vick and presumably other starters on Sunday. The Chicago Bears are the beneficiary of Philadelphia's loss as they are now guaranteed a first-round bye.

Dallas interim head coach Jason Garrett will look to finish Dallas' season on a high note and better his case to become the Cowboys head coach in 2011 and beyond. It's expected that owner Jerry Jones will interview various candidates despite Garrett's success in relief of Wade Phillips in 2010.

Kickoff is slated for 4:15 EST in Philadelphia. Televised coverage can be found on FOX.

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