The first two games of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry once the calendar turned to 2010 actually were part of the 2009 season, and were two of the most forgettable Eagles games in recent memory. The Eagles lost a Week 17 matchup in Dallas 24-0, blowing a chance at 12-4 and a first-round bye. Instead they were an 11-5 Wild Card team, and went right back to Dallas six nights later to face the NFC East Champs. The result was a 34-14 drubbing that made for a somber end to the Donovan McNabb era.
Since then, the Eagles have gone just 8-10 against the Cowboys, 8-8 in games that they actually played their starters. With another decade nearly in the books, the Eagles travel to AT&T Stadium Sunday Night for the next-to-last matchup with Dallas before the calendar turns to 2020. Hopefully Sunday night gives us another game to tack on to this list, but for now here are five of the most memorable Eagles games vs. the Cowboys of the past decade:
5) December 12, 2010: Eagles 30, Cowboys 27
The 8-4 Eagles traveled to Dallas for a Sunday Night game on ten days rest following a Thursday Night win. Michael Vick continued his MVP-worthy comeback tour, opening the game with a 62-yard strike to DeSean Jackson that set up a touchdown run for Vick a few plays later on a QB draw. The Eagles and Cowboys traded punches all night when, tied at 20 in the final quarter, Vick hit DeSean Jackson on a short slant. Jackson broke a tackle and took off for a career-long 91-yard TD in which he was able to turn and fall backward into the end zone in celebration. DeSean finished with 210 yards receiving, LeSean McCoy added 149 yards rushing, and the Eagles defense sealed a tight victory late. Word is DeSean had another signature moment in New York a week later…
4) November 8, 2015: Eagles 33, Cowboys 27
Recapping this game and who the key contributors were just feels weird, but this Sunday Night game in 2015 was a classic nonetheless. Making his return to Dallas after leaving in free agency, DeMarco Murray turned in arguably his best game as an Eagle, running for 83 yards on 18 carries and a TD. Jordan Hicks, who was lost for the season with a pectoral injury, picked off Matt Cassel for a 67-yard pick-six. Sam Bradford led a late clutch drive to give the Eagles a 27-24 lead. However, the Cowboys tied the game at 27 to force overtime. On the opening drive, Bradford hit Jordan Matthews for a 41-yard catch and run in which Matthews weaved through multiple Dallas defenders into the end zone. The Eagles logged a thrilling OT win to move them back to .500.
3) November 27, 2014: Eagles 33, Cowboys 10
This Thanksgiving blowout in Dallas had Eagles fans on top of the world. The Eagles dominated from the opening drive and moved to 9-3 and on top of the NFC East. They seemed cruising to the playoffs with Mark Sanchez filling in for Nick Foles and Chip Kelly was still a hero. This win was bittersweet in hindsight because it pretty much turned out to be Chip’s last real hurrah. Sanchez was efficient, LeSean McCoy was dominant with 159 yards on the ground, and the Eagles defense embarrassed Tony Romo and the Dallas offense. We all remember the collapse following this game and missing the postseason, but on this holiday all was right in Eagles Nation.
2) October 30, 2011: Eagles 34, Cowboys 7
For those who forgot, this was the night then-Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan proclaimed the Cowboys were going to “beat the Eagles’ *expletive* when we play them.” Yikes. Even though the Eagles had struggled to a 2-4 start in the “Dream Team” season, on this night they laid an epic beatdown on the Cowboys at the Linc on primetime TV. Michael Vick and the Eagles offense had their way with Ryan’s defense from the opening kickoff. Vick passes for 2 TDs, LeSean McCoy ran for 185 yards and 2 more. Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense produced absolutely nothing all night, and narrowly avoided a shutout in the fourth quarter. While this was another win over Dallas that proved to be fools’ gold in the long run, on this night Eagles fans experienced the exhilarating joy of not only crushing Dallas in every which way, but also watching the usually obnoxious Rob Ryan stand on his sideline dumbfounded.
1) November 19, 2017: Eagles 37, Cowboys 9
The reason this game gets the top slot is because it wasn’t fools’ gold. Coming off a bye week, the 8-1 Eagles started slow and trailed 9-7 at halftime. However after halftime, Carson Wentz and the explosive Eagles offense heated up. They piled on the touchdowns, and with kicker Jake Elliott injured, went for two after each of them. Up 23-9 in the fourth, Wentz made a brilliant escape on 3rd-and-1 and hit Alshon Jeffery over the middle. After a LeGarrette Blount gain, Wentz then found Jeffery again for a touchdown in tight coverage on 4th down to seal the game. Nigel Bradham tacked on another late fumble return TD to pile on. The Eagles moved to 9-1 on their run to Super Bowl LII, absolutely demolishing Dak Prescott and the Cowboys by the time the night was through.