But, that’s an argument for a different time.
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– It was back and forth for the Dallas Cowboys, getting a week off before taking home field advantage in the playoffs — in town to play the Philadelphia Eagles, staying home as the season ends.
Third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez replaced Romo on the next drive.
“It’s just what we wanted to do”.
In two other games – at home against Green Bay and at Cincinnati – more than a few players checked out mentally and physically long before the clock hit zero.
“He is a heck of a player”, Wentz said.
Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz played the entire game and completed 27 passes on 43 attempts for 245 yards and two touchdowns.
They drove just 7 yards – on three straight runs up the gut by 235-pound rookie running back Terrell Watson – for their last one, which came after a sack of Sanchez that went for a 19-yard loss was followed by a deflected punt in the back of the end zone by Steven Means. Dallas gained just 141 yards of offense in the first half. Former Penn State and current Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee, an integral cog in the unit, stated that he’ll play on Sunday despite an extensive injury history. Also scratched were cornerback Dwayne Gratz, offensive linemen Josh Andrews and Dillon Gordon, and defensive tackle Taylor Hart … Byron Jones saw action only in the sub packages in the second half.
Zach Ertz’ career stats don’t have an asterisk on them, but he’s had a handful of games like he had Sunday afternoon – corralling 13 passes for 139 yards in a meaningless Week 17 game against the Cowboys. He also carried the ball once for nine yards.
For Hicks, today’s strong performance is part of a larger trend: Through four games in his young career, it’s an understatement to say that he has been a major thorn in the Cowboys’ side. Elliott needs 178 yards to pass Dickerson, an output that seems unlikely for two reasons: Elliott’s season high is 159 and, like it or not, his workload is expected to be diminished to give veteran Darren McFadden more carries.
On the quarterback front, it’ll be interesting to see who the Cowboys go with.
The loser of the game is locked into the sixth seed, by virtue of Washington’s loss to NY and Tampa Bay being eliminated after Dallas’ loss to Philadelphia.
The last time the Cowboys had a punt blocked was October 12, 2014 in a 30-23 win in Seattle. It’s cool, but it’s real expensive and guys are all across the city, whereas I’m like, ‘Bro, we can get like one cabin out there.’ I know they have cabins, and that’s it, a lot of space. “You talk about family and togetherness and that is what this team is all about”. The Cowboys undoubtedly felt all along that they could count on Romo if the situation dictates that he play. I think you can put them up with any O-line in the league when those five are playing together. The coaching staff emphasized the need to slide or get out of bounds, and Reich said Wentz now has a “good sense” for when to slide or get down, even calling him a “seasoned pro out there”. What happened was Hicks – perhaps single-handedly- keeping Philadelphia in the game Sunday. “Especially in this division because we see the corps around this division, and we need to start competing with those guys”.