The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles entered this game tied for the lead in the NFC East. The winner gets sole possession of first place. Both teams have been stronger on offense than on defense and this one looked like it would be an offensive shoot out.
This affair was a low scoring one though. Near the end of the first quarter the Cowboys capped a 8 play 44 yard drive with a field goal from Dan Bailey. Just over 5 minutes into the second quarter, the Cowboys capped a 10 play 66 yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run from Phillip Tanner.
The third quarter was a scoreless back and forth for the most part. The Eagles capped a 10 play, 17-yard drive, following an interception with a field goal to get on the board. That field goal was the first play of the fourth quarter. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw a pass intended for Phillip Tanner but it was picked off by DeMeco Ryans and returned 36 yards to the Dallas 30 yard line.
The most important thing about that end of the third quarter drive, was quarterback Nick Foles getting injured. He was sacked by George Selvie and Jarius Wynn and left the game with a head injury. He didn’t return and rookie quarterback Matt Barkely entered the game.
The Cowboys followed that field goal with a 10 play, 72-yard drive capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Romo to rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams. Barkley struggled in the quarter of action he saw. He completed 11 of 20 passes for 129 yards, but he threw 3 interceptions.