Here is a deeper look at five statistics from the Cowboys’ 29-23 overtime victory over the Eagles:
Amari Cooper’s three touchdown receptions in the game marked the 18th time in Cowboys history that a player has recorded at least three scoring catches in a game. He becomes the first to do so since Dez Bryant also had three at Philadelphia on Dec. 14, 2014. However, Cooper is the first player in team record books to score all of his touchdowns after the third quarter. In fact, he’s the first player in NFL history with three go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime in the same game.
Dak Prescott’s 455 passing yards tied Troy Aikman for the third most in a game in Cowboys history, behind only Tony Romo, who had 506 against Denver on Oct. 6, 2013, and Don Meredith, who posted 460 at San Francisco on Nov. 10, 1963. Aikman totaled his 455 vs. Minnesota on Nov. 26, 1998. While the breakdown of Meredith’s game is not available, Prescott actually had more second-half yards (305) than both Romo (283) and Aikman (249), which unofficially may be the most passing yards after the first half in Cowboys history. Remarkably, Romo, Meredith and Aikman all lost their games.
Thanks to Tyrone Crawford and Randy Gregory both recording sacks against the Eagles, they improved their sack totals for the season to 5.5 and 5, respectively. With DeMarcus Lawrence leading the team with 8.5, the Cowboys have three players with at least five sacks for the first time since the 2015 season. And with Jaylon Smith currently owning four sacks, Dallas has the chance to have four players with at least five sacks for the first time since the 2008 campaign. The Cowboys have 35 sacks as a team and are on pace to record 43 for the year. That would be their highest total since recording 59 sacks, also in the 2008 season.
The Cowboys’ red zone struggles continued against the Eagles. Dallas ran six plays when facing goal-to-go, of which three were running plays with one being handed off to Ezekiel Elliott. But consider this: Coming into this game, Elliott had handled 71.6 percent of the team’s rushing attempts overall this season. Once inside the 20-yard line, that total has dropped to 60.8 percent and inside the 10 it was 62.1. But inside the 5-yard line, he had accounted for only 50 percent of the team’s rushes. By comparison, Toddy Gurley had accounted for 67.5 percent of the Rams’ overall rushes, but in the red zone that increased to 73.5 percent. Inside the 10 it has gone up to 85 percent and inside the 5-yard line, he’s accounted for 89.5 percent of L.A.’s rushes. Through the first 12 games, Elliott had carried the ball 240 times overall this season to Gurley’s 233. But inside the red zone, Gurley had carried the ball 61 times to Elliott’s 31.
Don’t look now, but the Cowboys have seemingly found their form on third downs. In the win over the Eagles, the team converted 53 percent of its third-down chances (10-of-19), which follows an effort against the Saints that saw Dallas move the chains on 50 percent of its third-down tries (7-of-14). Through the first half of the season, the Cowboys had a dismal 33 percent conversion rate in eight games (34-of-102), but over the last five, all victories, they have posted a 50 percent conversion rate (38-of-76). The Cowboys’ 40.4 mark for the season is now tied for 12th in the NFL.
· This victory served as Dallas’ fifth straight win, its longest stretch since an 11-game win streak in 2016.
· It also gave the Cowboys their third straight win over the Eagles – the longest since a three-game streak from 2012-13 – and allowed Dallas to sweep the season series against Philadelphia for the first time since 2012, and the 19th time overall.
· The Cowboys upped their record in the NFC East in 2018 to 4-1, and 7-3 in the NFC.
· Dallas now owns six wins at home this season to tie the 2009 team (6-2) for the second-most victories at AT&T Stadium in a single season since the building opened in 2009.
· The Cowboys 576 total net yards are the fourth-highest in team history. They had 652 vs. Philadelphia on Oct. 9, 1966; 583 vs. Baltimore on Sept. 4, 1978; and 578 vs. St. Louis on Sept. 30, 1973.
· The Cowboys 434 net passing yards are the fifth-highest in team history. They had 470 vs. Denver on Oct. 6, 2013; 455 vs. Minnesota on Nov. 26, 1998; 452 at Detroit on Sept. 15, 1985; and 440 vs. Philadelphia on Oc.t 9, 1966.
· For the first time in franchise history, and the first time by any NFL team since Cincinnati at Cleveland (Sept. 16. 2007 – Carson Palmer, 401; Chad Johnson, 209; Rudi Johnson, 118), the Cowboys offense boasted a 400-yard passer (Dak Prescott, 455), a 200-yard receiver (Amari Cooper, 217) and a 100-yard rusher (Ezekiel Elliott, 113).
· Dallas’ 32 total first downs tied the second-most in a single game in team history, and was the sixth time it has happened. The Cowboys offense recorded 33 first downs at Detroit on Sept. 15, 1985.
· The Cowboys offense controlled the clock for a team-record 45:33 seconds, including overtime. The previous record was 43:43 against Philadelphia on Oct. 16, 1983.
· The Cowboys held the Eagles scoreless in the first quarter. On the season, the defense has limited opposing offenses to 14 first quarter points in 13 games, the fewest by a Cowboys defense in team history, and the fewest in the NFL since Pittsburgh allowed only 13 points in 1982.
· With Dallas holding Philadelphia to 23 points, it now marks 19 straight games without allowing an opponent to score more than 28 points, the longest current streak in the NFL and the longest for the Cowboys since posting 26 during the 1993-94 seasons.
· For the second consecutive week, Dallas shut out its opponent in the first half. It also marks the fourth time this season, also vs. N.Y. Giants on Sept. 16; vs. Jacksonville on Oct. 14; and vs. New Orleans on Nov. 29.
· The Cowboys defense held Philadelphia rushers to 34 total yards on the ground. This is the 12th time in 13 games the Cowboys defense has held the opposing team to under 100 yards rushing.
· Dallas is still the only team in 2018 to not allow 30 points in a game.
· With the win, Jason Garrett became the second head coach in franchise history with 75 regular season victories (75-58), joining Tom Landry (250-162-6).
· Cole Beasley played in his 100th career regular season game.
· Amari Cooper caught logged 217 receiving yards and three touchdowns – both career-highs – on 10 receptions (tied for third in his career).
· Cooper’s 217 yards are the most receiving yards by any NFL receiver this season, and the most receiving yards by any NFL receiver since Atlanta’s Julio Jones logged 253 yards against Tampa Bay on Nov. 26, 2017.
· Cooper and the Saints’ Michael Thomas are the only receivers this season to post two games with at least 180 receiving yards.
· Cooper is the fifth player to post at least two games with at least 180 yards in a Cowboys career. He is tied with Frank Clarke and Tony Hill for the third-most games, behind only Bob Hayes (4) and Michael Irvin(3).
· Cooper also became only the third player in franchise history to post at least two games with at least 180 receiving yards in a single season, joining Hayes (1966) and Irving (1996).
· Cooper’s 190 receiving yards in the second half are the most in the second half of a single game in the NFL this season and is the fifth time it’s happened since 1991.
· Cooper became only the third player in team history with 200-plus receiving yards and three touchdowns in team history, joining Michael Irvin (vs. Phoenix on Sept. 20, 1992) and Frank Clarke (vs. Washington on Sept. 16, 1962).
· It is the first time an NFL player has posted over 200 receiving yards and at least three receiving touchdowns since Andre Johnson did so against Indianapolis on Nov. 3, 2013.
· Cooper became the fourth NFL receiver this season to record three receiving touchdowns in a single game, joining Cincinnati’s A.J. Green (vs. Baltimore on Sept. 13), Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill (at New England, Oct. 14) and Atlanta’s Calvin Ridley (vs. New Orleans on Sept. 23).
· Nine of Cooper’s 10 receptions went for first downs to tie his personal career-high (vs. Kansas City on Oct. 19, 2017).
· Ezekiel Elliott caught a career-high 12 passes for 79 yards, the third-highest total of his career.
· It was Elliott’s 19th career 100-yard rushing game in the regular season. He tied DeMarco Murray for third all-time, behind Emmitt Smith (76) and Tony Dorsett (43).
· Dallas moved to 16-3 when Elliott tops 100 yards on the ground.
· It was Elliott’s seventh game this season with at least 100 rushing yards, tying his 2016 season for the most in a single season in his career.
· By totaling 28 carries, Elliott posted his 28th career game with at least 20 carries, which is third in team history behind Smith (115) and Dorsett (57).
· With the win, the Cowboys improved to 22-6 in games in which Elliott records 20-or-more carries.
· Elliott’s 12 receptions tied Emmitt Smith (at Phoenix on Nov. 22, 1992) for the most single-game receptions by a running back in team history.
· With 113 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards, Elliott posted his fifth career game with at least 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards for the most such games in Cowboys history.
· Elliott’s 192 scrimmage yards allowed him to become the 17th player in team history to reach 5,000 in a career (5,011).
· By playing in tonight’s game, L.P. Ladouceur (currently fourth at 217) broke a tie with Bill Bates for sole possession of the third-most games played in franchise history, behind only Jason Witten (239) and Ed Jones (224).
· Brett Maher was 3-of-4 on field goals, including a 62-yarder at the end of the second quarter that served as the longest in team history and tied for the seventh-longest field goal made (tied for third-longest by yardage) in NFL history.
Longest Field Goal Made, Single Game – NFL History
Player Opp/Date FG Long
Matt Prater, DEN vs. TEN, 12/8/13 64
Tom Dempsey, NO vs. DET, 11/8/70 63
Jason Elam, DEN vs. JCK, 10/25/98 63
Sebastian Janikowski, OAK at DEN, 9/12/11 63
David Akers, SF at GB, 9/9/12 63
Graham Gano, CAR vs. NYG, 10/7/18 63
Matt Bryant, TB vs. PHI, 10/22/06 62
Stephen Gostkowski, NE at OAK, 11/19/17 62
Brett Maher, DAL vs. PHI, 12/9/18 62
· Before Maher’s franchise-best 62-yarder, the previous Cowboys best was a 56-yard field goal (four players).
· Maher’s 62-yarder also moved him to 5-of-6 from 50-plus yards on field goals on the season to tie Dan Bailey (2014 and 2015) for the second-most made in single season team history. Bailey holds the record with six 50 yarders made during the 2013 season.
· Dak Prescott set career-highs in passing yards (455), completions (42) and attempts (54) and passing first downs (23), and tied his career-high in passing touchdowns (3).
· Prescott connected with Cooper for a 75-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter. It was his second pass of 75-plus yards this season, and he is the only quarterback in the NFL with at least two long throws (both touchdowns) of 75-plus yards in 2018.
· Prescott’s career-best passing yards are the fifth most by any NFL quarterback this season, behind Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (478 at LAR on Nov. 19); the Rams’ Jared Goff (465 vs. MIN on Sept. 27); Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (464 vs. HOU on Sept. 30); and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (462 at DEN on Nov. 25).
· Prescott’s passing yardage allowed him to become the seventh player in team history to reach 10,000 passing yards.
· Prescott’s career-high 23 passing first downs tied Tony Romo for the most by any Cowboys quarterback in a single game, since 1994.