The Boys Are Back
How bout them Cowboys?! The drought is over after 13 years of misery and emptiness for America’s team.
The Dallas Cowboys punched the Philadelphia Eagles in the mouths with a 34-14 win in an NFC Wild Card showdown that ended a stretch of failure that lasted over a decade and went as far back to 1996 for their last playoff win when Barry Switzer was still coach of the Cowboys.
Tied up at 7 in the 2nd quarter, the Cowboys proceeded to score 27 unanswered points to fire back at Michael Vick’s 76 yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin that provided the first score for the Eagles. The scoring frenzy was punctuated late in the 3rd quarter when Felix Jones ripped off a 73 yard touchdown run that essentially put the game away for Dallas.
The Cowboys harassed Donovan McNabb all night with an array of heavy blitzes from DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer often leaving him no time and scrambling around in the pocket all night trying to make something out of nothing.
This game also marked the first playoff wins for Coach Wade Phillips and quarterback Tony Romo who had both been winless in their past attempts to win in the postseason.
While nothing short of a Super Bowl trophy will be considered a successful season for the Cowboys, advancing in the playoffs for the first time in years is a step in the right direction. The Cowboys take on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday.