Eagles beat Cowboys to take NFC East title

By Chris Carl 1:18am, December 30, 2013
Eagles running back Bryce Brown (34) celebrates with tight end James Casey (85). (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
They never trailed, but it was never very comfortable, as the Eagles beat the Cowboys 24-22 to win the NFC East and secure a playoff spot.

It wasn't easy though. Dallas actually had the chance to tie the game. Dez Bryant scored on a 32-yard pass play with just under four minutes remaining. The Cowboys then went for 2 and the tie, but failed to convert.

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The Cowboys were playing with backup quarterback Kyle Orton, replacing Tony Romo, who had season-ending back surgery on Friday. The knock on Romo has always been late turnovers - which eventually doomed Orton as well.

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"That was a...interesting fourth quarter, to say the least," Eagle coach Chip Kelly said after the game. "But this group just keeps battling and they just found a way."

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The Eagles defense came up with three turnovers in the game.

QB Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes for the Eagles.

RB LeSean McCoy had 131 rushing yards and a receiving TD. He finishes the season as the NFL rushing champion

Kelly says this team is special.

"Everything we asked them to do as a staff from the first day that we got there on April 1st until tonight, they bought in and it's a awesome feeling when you can work as hard as they've worked and to see it pay off. The result is you're 10-6 and division champs," Kelly said.

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The Eagles finish the regular season with a record of 10-6, after only winning 4 games a year ago.

They will host New Orleans in a wild-card game on Saturday night. You'll hear it right here on WDEL.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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