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Dak Prescott and the Cowboys improved to 10-3 with a blowout win over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Brooks Kubena, Jon Machota, Saad Yousuf and The Athletic NFL Staff
December 11, 2023 at 8:30 AM EST
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Cowboys beat Eagles on ‘Sunday Night Football’ to tie Philadelphia atop NFC East
By Jon Machota, Saad Yousuf and Brooks Kubena
The Dallas Cowboys brought down the Eagles 33-13 on Sunday at AT&T Stadium to take a massive step closer to a division title, tying Philadelphia with a 10-3 record atop the NFC East.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott strengthened his MVP case, going 24-of-39 passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Dallas jumped out to an early lead as Prescott connected with CeeDee Lamb on a 13-yard pass in the first quarter to open the scoring. Prescott followed that with a 1-yard TD pass to Michael Gallup just before the half.
Rico Dowdle’s 1-yard run for a score in the second quarter and Brandon Aubrey’s 60-yard field goal in the first helped extend the Cowboys’ lead.
Aubrey also impressed with a 59-yard field goal in the third quarter to become the first kicker in NFL history to hit two field goals from 59 yards or more in the same game. In the fourth quarter, he nailed two more field goals from 45 yards and 50 yards out.
Meanwhile, the Eagles offense struggled despite a Jalen Carter 42-yard fumble return for a score in the third quarter. Quarterback Jalen Hurts went 18-of-27 passing for 197 yards in the loss.
With the win, the Cowboys remain undefeated at home this season and lead the conference along with the Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.
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A.J. Brown called Stephon Gilmore old and the Cowboys’ CB responded
There are few cornerbacks in the NFL who have the combination of Stephon Gilmore’s talent and pedigree.
Gilmore, who turned 33 in September, is a Super Bowl champion, the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year who has multiple Pro Bowls and All-Pro selections to his name and has led the league in interceptions. He’s racked up these accomplishments while having a mild-mannered temperament, something that’s relatively uncommon for guys playing his position.
That’s why it was jarring to see him lock helmets with All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Brown in the first half of the Dallas Cowboys’ 33-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
“It was fun,” Gilmore said. “I just didn’t like it (that) he called me old at the beginning of the game. It lit a fire in me a little bit.”
Brown was expressing some sportsmanship and Gilmore laughed it off, right?
“I was mad,” Gilmore said. “I was going to show him. That’s the only thing I could do, is just show him that I’m still here. I think I did that today.”
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A.J. Brown called Stephon Gilmore old and the Cowboys’ CB responded: ‘I was mad’
How Dak Prescott became MVP favorite by leading Cowboys to their most impressive win
Standing at a podium in an interview room next to the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room, Dak Prescott took questions as fans on the other side of a glass wall chanted over and over again: “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!”
Those fans, inside the AT&T Stadium Miller Lite Club, also shouted Prescott’s signature cadence “Here we gooooo!”
Prescott didn’t have his best game Sunday night. But he played well in what is one of the biggest regular-season wins of his eight-year career, dominating the rival Philadelphia Eagles, 33-13.
While it’s the sixth consecutive time the Cowboys have defeated the Eagles at home, this one meant more than the others. Considering where Dallas was nine weeks ago after losing 42-10 at San Francisco, this was a statement game to the rest of the league.
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How Dak Prescott became MVP favorite by leading Cowboys to their most impressive victory
Eagles’ margin for error decreasing after loss to Cowboys
DeVonta Smith was slouching at his locker. He was silent. He was despondent. He was one player among many on the Philadelphia Eagles dealing with the duality of being blown out twice in two weeks but still sharing the NFL’s best record, of making repetitive mistakes after so often transcending them, of prompting a crowd of Dallas Cowboys fans to chant “Eagles suck” while having proven before the chant isn’t true.
It’s a confounding existence for a collection of competitors, to be one of the reasons a championship is expected but also one of the reasons it may not arrive. Smith lost a fumble. So did A.J. Brown. So did Jalen Hurts. The team’s most trustworthy trio turned the ball over three times after entering Cowboys territory. Each one prevented points in a 33-13 loss at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, the first game in coach Nick Sirianni’s three-year tenure in which the Philadelphia offense failed to score a touchdown.
The Eagles began the 2023 season on pace to break several team records. They’re now setting the wrong ones and headed backward with fatal flaws that remain unresolved.
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Eagles’ margin for error decreasing after loss to Cowboys: ‘We’ve got to get our mind right’
Cowboys don't lose at home
The Cowboys’ win over the Eagles was Dallas’ 15th straight home victory, the longest active home win streak in the NFL and the second longest in franchise history.
The Cowboys’ only longer home win streak was an 18-gamer spanning the 1979-81 seasons.
The Athletic Football Show recaps Sunday's top games
The Cowboys? They're in first place in the NFC East. The 49ers? They now lead the entire conference. The Bills? They're right back in this thing. And the Wild Card races? Well, the Wild Card races stay wild.
Robert Mays and Nate Tice dig into all the key Week 14 results and stories on this episode of The Athletic Football Show.
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Cowboys racking up 20-point wins
The Cowboys’ 33-13 win over the Eagles was Dallas’ fourth win by 20 points or more this season, two more than any other team in the NFL.
The Cowboys had four such wins in Mike McCarthy’s first three seasons as head coach combined.
Brandon Aubrey from long range... again
The Cowboys extend their lead on the fourth Brandon Aubrey field goal of the night, this one from 50 yards.
Three of Aubrey’s makes have come from 50-plus yards tonight and his eight such makes this season are tied for most in the NFL with the Browns’ Dustin Hopkins.
Cowboys put up points at home
The Cowboys have scored 30-plus points in all seven home games this season and eight straight dating back to their final home game of 2022.
It’s the longest streak across the NFL since the Broncos had an 11-game streak spanning the 2012-13 seasons.
Eagles fumble for third time
The DeVonta Smith fumble was the Eagles’ third turnover of the night, one shy of matching their season-high (four in Week 6 at Jets).
Philly had committed three turnovers in its previous four games combined including zero in its Week 9 win over Dallas.
Cowboys seeking their latest big win
The Cowboys now lead the Eagles 30-13.
If the score holds, it would mark Dallas’ eighth win by 17 points or more this season, breaking a tie with the 49ers for most in the NFL.
The Cowboys had nine such wins in the previous two seasons combined.
Brandon Aubrey stays perfect
The Cowboys extend their lead on a 45-yard field goal by Brandon Aubrey, his third make of the night.
Aubrey is now 29-for-29 on field goal attempts this season, extending his record for most consecutive makes without a miss to begin an NFL career.
Good news for the Cowboys
Cowboys DBs Malik Hooker (ankle) and Jourdan Lewis (dehydration) are both probable to return.
Cowboys get fourth-down stop
Just as the Eagles looked to be finding some momentum, the Cowboys got the stop on fourth-and-8 at their own 30-yard line.
Philly entered Week 13 with an NFL-best 14-of-19 (73.7%) on fourth down this season and converted its first such attempt tonight.
Brandon Aubrey makes history
The Cowboys extend their lead on a 59-yard field goal by Brandon Aubrey, his second make of 59-plus yards tonight (made 60-yarder in the first quarter).
Per NBC, Aubrey is the first player in NFL history with multiple makes of 59-plus yards in the same game.
Jake Ferguson makes big plays
Dak Prescott connects with Jake Ferguson for a 32-yard completion on third-and-6 to extend the drive.
Ferguson now has three catches for 30-plus yards this season. George Kittle (six) and Sam LaPorta (five) are the only tight ends with more.
Eagles’ 1st scoop-and-score TD since 2021
Jalen Carter’s 42-yard fumble return touchdown was the Eagles’ first scoop-and-score since Week 10 of 2021 against the Broncos when Darius Slay returned a Melvin Gordon fumble 83 yards for a touchdown.
Eagles get after the ball
The Eagles now have nine strip-sacks since the start of last season, tied for second most in the NFL.
Meanwhile, that marks the first time Dak Prescott has been strip-sacked since Week 11 of the 2021 season against the Chiefs.
Eagles not done yet
Just like that, the Eagles have life after rookie Jalen Carter’s 42-yard scoop-and-score touchdown.
Carter picked up the fumble after Fletcher Cox strip-tacked Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.
Something to monitor for Dallas
Cowboys DT Johnathan Hankins (ankle) is questionable to return.