Cowboys stop Eagles from securing NFC 1st berth

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott was on the podium after helping Dallas rally to beat the Eagles. Right away, he addressed the number one reason the Cowboys needed to react in the game.

“Let’s start with the interception,” the star quarterback said before a reporter even asked the question.

Prescott threw for 347 yards and three scores after Josh Sweat had that interception and a run to the end zone. Brett Maher made the go-ahead field goal as the Cowboys beat Philadelphia 40-34 on Saturday.

Gardner Minshew completed two touchdown passes and carried a touchdown, filling in for the injured Jalen Hurts. However, the second shipment that the Cowboys intercepted him set the table for Maher’s field goal that put final numbers on the scoreboard.

Four days after speaking at the funeral of his college coach Mike Leach, Minshew pulled Philadelphia within 19 yards of what would have been a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds.

However, his desperate drive into the promised zone on fourth-and-10 didn’t even come close to a receiver.

The NFL-leading Eagles (13-2) turned over two turnovers in the final five minutes and blew a chance to clinch the NFC’s top-seeded spot. It was a duel between two teams from the Eastern Division that have qualified for the playoffs.

“We missed an opportunity,” Minshew said. “You can’t turn the ball over four times. We stress all the time that we should not give away the ball. Not doing so is what has made us successful.”

Dallas, champion of the East in the previous season, kept alive its few chances to defend the title.

One more win for Philadelphia or a loss for Dallas (11-4) in the last two games would secure home-field advantage for the Eagles during the NL playoffs.

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