Carson Wentz was the better of the rookie quarterbacks for much of his first career matchup with Dak Prescott.
But it was Prescott who came through in the end.
That didn’t take away from a solid outing by Wentz, who was efficient and essentially mistake-free in Philadelphia’s 29-23 overtime loss Sunday night to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
The second overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft completed 32 of 43 passes without an interception for 202 yards and a touchdown. Wentz snapped out of a personal three-game funk, though the Eagles came up short in their bid to tie the Cowboys atop the NFC East.
The Eagles (4-3) fell two games back in the division race. The rivals close out the regular season in Philadelphia on Jan. 1.
After throwing five TDs without a pick during a 3-0 start, Wentz had three TDs and three interceptions during a 1-2 stretch. He completed just 54 percent (27-50) of his passes over the last two weeks.
Wentz didn’t stretch the field against the Cowboys, instead electing to keep his throws in a safe range. His longest completion was 14 yards to Dorial Green-Beckham. Wentz found Jordan Matthews 11 times for 65 yards and a score.
The Eagles went up 20-10 by taking their second possession of the second half 69 yards in 12 plays, capped by Wentz hitting Matthews on a 5-yard touchdown
Philadelphia went up 23-13 after a field goal early in the fourth quarter. Wentz had a chance to create his own magic after the Cowboys rallied to tie it, but the Eagles couldn’t muster anything on their final two drives.
Wentz was never able to get off the sidelines in overtime as Prescott led the game-winning march.
The two young quarterbacks figure to square off plenty over the next decade or so, but maybe not again this season as Wentz could be making his first start opposite Tony Romo in the finale.
Hicks strikes again
Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks thwarted a go-ahead scoring opportunity for the Cowboys late in the second quarter. With the score tied 10-10, Hicks picked off Prescott in the end zone.
Inflicting pain to a Cowboys quarterback — one way or another — is becoming a thing for Hicks. The second-year pro broke Tony Romo’s collarbone last season in Philadelphia.
Hicks scored his only career touchdown to date on a pick-six against Matt Cassel when the teams met in Arlington in November.
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Darren Sproles had 122 combined rushing, receiving and return yards for the Eagles. The 12-year veteran passed TCU great LaDainian Tomlinson into eighth all-time in NFL history for all-purpose yards with 18,470.
Better at 50
Caleb Sturgis ended the first half with a 55-yard field goal to give Philadelphia a 13-10 lead. Sturgis is 3-for-3 on attempts of at least 50 yards this season after going just 8-for-17 before 2016.