ESPN Madden 2011 Simulation, Week 14: Dallas Cowboys 23, Philadelphia Eagles 20; Includes Updated NFC Postseason Race

By Bryn Swartz

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In the Madden simulation of the Eagles’ Sunday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, the Birds lost 23-20.

The Eagles trailed 7-3 after a quarter and 17-13 at halftime. They tied the game at 20 heading into the fourth, where the Cowboys used a field goal to pull away with an upset victory.

Michael Vick completed 23 of 38 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception, his third of the season and his third straight game with an interception, and he fumbled once.

LeSean McCoy rushed 15 times for 58 yards, with a long of 13 yards. Jeremy Maclin led the Eagles with six catches for 82 yards and a score.

Jon Kitna completed 19 of 26 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns against an Eagles’ defense missing Asante Samuel.

Felix Jones rushed 15 times for 62 yards, with a long of 17.

Tight end Jason Witten burned the Eagles as usual, catching eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Interim coach Jason Garrett improved to 4-1 since taking over for Wade Phillips.

The Eagles dropped to 8-5 on the season.

In the other Madden simulations, the Packers beat the Lions, the Falcons beat the Panthers, the Buccaneers beat the Redskins, the Giants beat the Redskins, the Saints beat the Rams, and the Patriots beat the Bears.

All of the above hurt the Eagles’ playoff chances, except for the Chicago loss to New England. However, the Eagles would still trail the Bears in the postseason race because they dropped a 31-26 game to them two weeks ago.

The Falcons would keep the number one seed. The Giants would take the second seed, based on a head-to-head victory over the Bears. The Bears would take the three seed, based on a head-to-head victory over the Packers. The Rams would keep the fourth seed, based on losses to them and Seattle. The Saints would stay as the fifth seed. The Packers would vault into the sixth seed. And the Eagles would have the seventh seed, while the Buccaneers take eighth.

This would be disastrous for the Eagles’ postseason chances.

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