Cowboys’ Brandon Carr puts a blanket on Eagles playmaker DeSean Jackson

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This is why the Dallas Cowboys signed Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal during the 2012 off-season — to stop top-flight receivers like DeSean Jackson.

When Jackson was outside, Carr was lined up against him one-on-one. Orlando Scandrick handled Jackson in the slot.

The Cowboys held Jackson to three catches for 21 yards. In nine previous games against the Cowboys, Jackson never had fewer yards.

“He was pretty darn good,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said of Carr.

It is just Carr’s latest success story.

The past three weeks the Cowboys have matched Carr against the opponent’s top receiver. Carr held Denver’s Demaryius Thomas to five catches for 57 yards and Washington’s Pierre Garcon to six catches for 69 yards.

“He’s playing great,” cornerback Morris Claiborne said. “He’s been asked to guard some of the team’s best receivers, and …he’s been doing a great job of completely taking those guys away from them and making them go to different options.”

Carr was Jackson’s shadow Sunday when Jackson lined up outside. He followed him all over the field, blanketing him, preventing Jackson from doing what he did to the Cowboys in a 2010 game when the Eagles receiver caught four passes for 210 yards and a touchdown

“It was a big challenge heading into this week,” Carr said. “I was assigned the task of checking DeSean Jackson. But it just wasn’t me. There were times he moved around the field, and we feel like we have three corners that can match up with pretty much anyone in this league right now.

“Our thing is to go out there, tighten this coverage up, allow our guys up front to get after the passer and make plays in the back end.

“…It’s one of those matchups you have to stay locked in for the 60 minutes. A guy with that speed, it’s easy for him to slip past you, and you don’t want to be in a footrace with him.”

The Eagles passed for only 209 yards in the Cowboys’ 17-3 victory. Carr had one of the team’s three interceptions, picking off backup Matt Barkley in the end zone in the final minute.

Carr also contributed four tackles, including one for loss, while defensing two passes.

“This is similar to what I envisioned coming to this team, not only for myself but just the locker room we have as far as on paper. We have the athletes to go out there and to win games like this — win on the road and to not play around for the fourth quarter,” Carr said.

And Carr is playing like the cornerback the Cowboys thought he was when they made him their top free-agent target last year.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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