A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Recapping the Eagles' Four Dallas Road Wins Dating Back to 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles head to Dallas this Sunday, where they’ll try to bounce back from an embarrassing 42-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
However, AT&T Stadium hasn’t been very friendly to the Birds recently. They’ve lost five straight to the Cowboys in that building, and haven’t won since 2017.
Head coach Nick Sirianni was asked about it during his midweek press conference, and he didn’t seem too concerned about the losing streak:
“I don’t think you can get wrapped up in all that because, again, like you said, a lot of the guys haven’t even been there for that. So, we try not to get wrapped up in that because when you’re wrapped up in that, you’re not as focused, dialed in on the things you’ve got to be focused on. As a competitor — good question to try to twist that in there, and I respect that question. I just don’t see it any different that we have a big game against a division rival that’s the Cowboys. It’s a huge game for us. Every game is big, but we’re really excited about going out there and playing. I know we’ll have a challenge because we know how good they are.”
Dallas has scored more than 40 points in four of their last six games, so this will certainly be an uphill battle for the Eagles’ struggling defense. Additionally, the Cowboys haven’t lost a home game this year.
The Birds’ four most recent wins at AT&T Stadium came in 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2013. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane:
November 19th, 2017: Eagles 37, Cowboys 9
The first half of this game didn’t look promising. The offense couldn’t get anything going, and kicker Jake Elliott went down with a head injury in the first quarter, leaving emergency backup Kamu Grugier-Hill in charge of kickoffs. Coming out of halftime down 9-7, head coach Doug Pederson declared that the Eagles would go for every 4th down and every two-point conversion.
That’s exactly what happened. The Eagles scored four straight touchdowns in the second half and went for two on all of them, converting three out of four. Carson Wentz finished with 168 yards and two touchdowns. Jay Ajayi added 7 carries for 91 yards, including a 71-yard carry in which he famously did NOT unhook the trailer with his slow ass.
It was the Cowboys’ worst loss at AT&T Stadium to date, and it ended up being the worst game of Dak Prescott’s young career. He threw three interceptions (a career high), no touchdowns, and just 145 yards.
The Eagles moved to 9-1 and, of course, would go on to win the Super Bowl. The Cowboys fell to 5-5 on their way to a mediocre 9-7 finish.
November 8th, 2015: Eagles 33, Cowboys 27 (OT)
For a game that was tied 7-7 at halftime, this one ended up being a THRILLER. Chip Kelly’s Frankenstein 2015 Eagles pulled off the dramatic victory thanks to Jordan Matthews, who caught nine passes for 133 yards and the walk off touchdown from Sam Bradford.
This was the Cowboys’ sixth-straight loss after opening the season 2-0. Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone thanks to Jordan Hicks, leaving the offense in the hands of Matt Cassel. Cassel performed admirably in this game, throwing for 299 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. However, that one interception landed in the hands of aforementioned Cowboy killer Hicks, who then returned it 67 yards for the touchdown.
The Eagles moved to 4-4, and the Cowboys fell to 2-6. Neither team made the playoffs that year.
Eagles (1-1) play the Cowboys (1-1) on Monday Night Football!
Throwback to this Sam Bradford to Jordan Matthews game winner versus the Cowboys
— SportzStew Ⓥ (@sportzstewcom) September 27, 2021
November 27th, 2014: Eagles 33, Cowboys 10
This one was a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving shellacking.. A few Eagles hit milestones during this game: Shady McCoy and Jeremy Maclin broke 1,000 yards rushing and receiving, respectively, on the season.
Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez didn’t look bad at all, throwing for 217 yards and one touchdown on his way to exorcising the Thanksgiving butt fumble demons. Shady had himself a game with 159 yards and a touchdown, and Maclin added 108 yards.
Romo, who was recovering from yet another back injury, couldn’t get going. He threw for 199 yards and two picks. The Eagles improved to 9-3, but would miss the playoffs anyway in a crowded NFC field, and the Cowboys fell to 8-4 but went on to win the division.
December 29th, 2013: Eagles 24, Cowboys 22
This was a playoffs-or-bust game that became an instant classic. The legend of Nick Foles continued to grow as he led the team to the #3 seed in the NFC and a division championship. He threw for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. Shady had another great game, going for 131 on the ground to clinch the 2013 rushing title, and Brent Celek caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.
The most memorable moment from this game was Brandon Boykin’s interception of backup quarterback Kyle Orton. Orton had played a great game and had thrown for 358 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. With 1:49 left to go in the game, Boykin grabbed Orton’s second pick to seal the game and the division.
The Cowboys lost to an NFC East rival with a playoff berth on the line for the third straight year, ending 8-8 each season. The Eagles moved to 10-6 and won the division.
Brandon Boykin APPRECIATION TWEET ❕❕
The BIG TIME interception to clinch the win and the division against Dallas.
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) April 16, 2020
Statistically speaking, the Eagles have to win another game at AT&T Stadium at SOME point. There’s no time like the present!