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The Star’s Five Corners: Cowboys vs. Eagles

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The Star's Five Corners

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With the New York Giants having been blown out of the water in their earlier matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals, the door was wide open for the Cowboys to close the gap between them and the Giants.

The Dallas Cowboystook the field against the Philadelphia Eagles in a must win situation trying to keep their playoff hope alive.

It started off with the defense allowing the Eagles to march right down the field and score on their opening drive for the first time this season. The feeling in my gut was, “oh boy here we go again.”

Then in a sudden twist of fate, the Cowboys started doing something completely opposite of what Jason Garrett is known for – they ran the ball. That’s right they ran the ball, and they ran it effectively. At the end of their first possession, the Cowboys tied the game up behind the legs of Felix Jones.

There were a few times in the game, however, that the Cowboys looked lost on offense after they completely abandoned the running game. Tony Romo was getting banged around by the Eagles’ defense, which sacked him three times during the game. To put it into perspective, the Eagles only had 11 sacks in their previous eight games.

Then the Cowboys continue to shoot themselves in the foot behind horrendous play calling and penalties, lots and lots of penalties. The Cowboys played bad enough to lose on Sunday, but as I stated in my Cowboys vs. Eagles Preview, the Eagles are a very bad team.

The Cowboys came away with the win and ultimately that’s what matters, but they still have a long way to go before I can even start considering them actual contenders.

These are five in game occurrences, which helped the Cowboys seal the deal in Philadelphia and save their season for the time being.

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Mike Vick

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Michael Vick gets knocked out of the game

The Eagles lost Vick to what is being called a concussion. How or if it affects Vick going forward is yet to be determined. What I do know is that the Eagles lost one of their playmakers, and it greatly benefited the Cowboys.

Let us not forget that prior to Vick leaving the game, he was 6-for-9 for 70 yards and a touchdown and moved the ball effectively against the defense.

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Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant’s Touchdown

With the Cowboys in need of a score to tie the game, Romo dropped back and fired a bullet down the right sideline. On the other end, of that 30-yard pass, was a diving Bryant who hauled it in and got the Cowboys within one point of tying the game. The subsequent extra point was good, and the game was tied.

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Dwayne Harris

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Dwayne Harris Punt Return TD

Harris fielded a towering punt at Dallas’ 22-yard line and began running uphill. Thanks to a few good blocks and former Cowboys’ punter Matt McBriar’s inability or unwillingness to tackle, Harris took that punt 78-yards to pay dirt.

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Brandon Carr

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Brandon Carr interception return for touchdown

Less than a minute after the Cowboys scored for the first time - in a long time on - special teams, Carr got his first interception and returned it for a 47-yard touchdown. It marked the first time the Cowboys had an interception return for a touchdown since Terrence Newman did it in 2011.

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Jason Hatcher

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Jason Hatcher fumble recovery and touchdown

Following a false start which moved the Eagles inside their own five yard line, Anthony Spencer came up with a sack and forced fumble, which was recovered by Hatcher for a touchdown. It marked the first time in Cowboys history that the team had a punt return, interception return, and a fumble recovered for a touchdown.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.comFollow Jesus Flores on Twitter @SSgtFlo1