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TBT: After Blanking Eagles to Win NFC East; Cowboys Repeat Effort in Playoffs
The 2009 season was already deemed historic as the Cowboys opened their new home in Arlington which is now named AT&T Stadium.
But the team itself put together quite a ride in the final month, and needed one more win to claim the NFC East title. To do that, the Cowboys would have to defeat the Eagles at home. And if that happened, it would set up a rematch of the two teams one week later.
First things first, the Cowboys had no problems getting past Donovan McNabb and the Eagles. After a 17-0 shutout win the week before in Washington, the Cowboys posted a consecutive shutout, whipping Philly 24-0.
It was the team’s second division title in a three-year span under head coach Wade Phillips.
But the win set up another game with the Eagles, prompting many critics to wonder how plausible it would be to defeat a good team twice in one week.
The Cowboys made it a non-issue from the start. Tony Romo lit up the Eagles’ secondary and second-year back Felix Jones had a 73-yard touchdown run, which still stands as the longest run from scrimmage in Cowboys postseason history.
The defense didn’t post another shutout, but did limit the Eagles to just two touchdowns, giving the Cowboys a rather easy 34-14 win. The victory ended a 13-season playoff drought for the Cowboys, who hadn’t won a playoff game since the 1996. Read