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Cowboys, Eagles close regular season on different paths

Talkin' Cowboys: Clarence Hill and Charean Williams on the finale

Beat writers Clarence Hill and Charean Williams discuss the Cowboys regular season finale at Philadelphia. (Video by Drew Davison)
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Beat writers Clarence Hill and Charean Williams discuss the Cowboys regular season finale at Philadelphia. (Video by Drew Davison)

This is not a case of two ships passing in the night.

What happened to the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles this season has been in plain view for all to see.

The Cowboys are on their way to the playoffs.

The Eagles are on their way to the off-season.

But first, they meet on Sunday in Philadelphia in the regular-season finale.

The Cowboys (13-2) will have a first-round bye and get into postseason play in the divisional round. The Eagles (6-9) will not be able to avoid a losing season, but have never had any love for the Cowboys.

The most intriguing storyline on Sunday will be how much will the Dallas starters play?

Regardless, the Cowboys haven’t swept the Eagles since 2012. The Cowboys are 4-3 and 2-1 in season finales against the Eagles. Historically, the Cowboys are 25-32 overall and 12-22 on the road in season finales.

Much like Prescott, the Eagles have a key building block in rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. He ranks second (behind Prescott) among NFL rookies in passing yards with 3,537 and 14 touchdowns.

The Eagles and Cowboys have split their past six regular-season games, including back-to-back overtime games in Dallas.

Offensively, the Eagles and Cowboys are similar in many ways:

▪  The Eagles are tied for the second-most 10-plus play drives (34) in the NFL this season, trailing only Dallas (35).

▪  The Eagles rank third in 5-plus minute drives (30) as well, behind Dallas (35) and Detroit (32).

▪  The Eagles own the NFL’s 10th-ranked rushing offense (113.3) this season, trailing only Dallas (155.1), San Francisco (130.5) and Atlanta (119.1) in the NFC.

Star Telegram sports columnist Mac Engel recaps the Cowboys' 13th win of the season (video by Mac Engel/Star-Telegram).

Statistical comparisons

 

Cowboys

Eagles

Record

13-2

6-9

Scoring average

27.2

22.6

Opp. Scoring average

18.6

21.2

Total offense

388.8

336.8

Rushing

155.1

113.3

Passing

233.7

223.5

Total defense

343.8

352.6

Turnover margin

+7

+4

Penalties/yards

100-844

109-884

Dallas Cowboys regular-season schedule

Sept. 11

Giants 20, Cowboys 19

Sept. 18

Cowboys 27, Redskins 23

Sept. 25

Cowboys 31, Bears 17

Oct. 2

Cowboys 24, 49ers 17

Oct. 9

Cowboys 28, Bengals 14

Oct. 16

Cowboys 30, Packers 16

Oct. 23

Bye

Oct. 30

Cowboys 29, Eagles 23, OT

Nov. 6

Cowboys 35, Browns 10

Nov. 13

Cowboys 35, Steelers 30

Nov. 20

Cowboys 27, Ravens 17

Nov. 24

Cowboys 31, Redskins 26

Dec. 1

Cowboys 17, Vikings 15

Dec. 11

NY Giants 10, Cowboys 7

Dec. 18

Cowboys 26, Bucs 20

Dec. 26

Cowboys 42, Lions 21

Jan. 1

at Philadelphia

Noon

KDFW/4

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