The Dallas Cowboys 1/1 came into their 2021 season home opener at the AT&T Stadium vs The Philadelphia Eagles 1/1 trying to build upon their win last week over the LA Chargers. In a game not only build as the home opener, a night when Jimmy Johnson, Cliff Harris, and Drew Pearson getting their Hall Of Fame Rings. The game also marked the return of Dak Prescott for the first time in front of the home crowd since what some thought could have been a career-ending injury. With tears running down his cheek during the playing of the National Anthem. Dak looked focused, and he did not disappoint either.
Dak and his Cowboys took their opening drive down the field featuring a strong running game led by Ezekiel Elliott with a few power runs. Then Dak Prescott dropped back and threw a deep 44-yard pass to CeeDee Lamb down to the 1-yard line. Ezekiel Elliott finished off the opening drive with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone for a touchdown to put the first points on the board 7/0.
After a nice pass thrown by Jalon Hurts to Dallas Goedert for a 38-yard pass. Jalon Hurts threw another deep pass down to the goal line but this time it was intercepted by Anthony Brown at the Dallas 1 yard line.
On the issuing possession, Dak Prescott dropped back in the end zone under pressure by the Eagles Javon Hargrave, Prescott coughs up the ball. The ball bounces off of players and lands right into the waiting arms of Fletcher Cox for a game-tying touchdown. 7/7.
With a mix of short passes and powerful running by Ezekiel Eliott and Tony Pollard the Cowboys drove right back down the field and on fourth and goal line, the Eagles stopped the Cowboys Dak Prescott on a quarterback sneak.
Late in the first quarter, taking possession of the ball at mid-field after of Eagles punt. The Cowboys featuring RB Tony Pollard on this drive with some tough running drove the ball down to the Eagles' 24-yard line. Dak Prescott connected with a wide-open Dalton Schultz for a touchdown to break the tie making the score 14 to 7 Cowboy lead.
To start the second quarter the Cowboys' offensive line with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard running downhill continued to dominate the Eagles' defense. Pounding them with run after pounding run and a few short passes by Dak. The Cowboys drove easily down the field despite two holding penalties that could have easily drained the momentum. But not to be deterred they finished off the drive with another touchdown run by Ezekiel Elliot 3 yard touchdown plunge. Greg Zuerlein missed the extra point making the score 20 to 7 Cowboys.
The Eagles start out with a 28-yard pass to Dallas Goedert. After a miss pass to Goedert pass on first down on the following play. Trevon Diggs picked off Jalon Hurts and took it to the house for a 59-yard pick-six. Zuerlein made the extra point to make the score 27/7 Cowboys.
On third down deep in their own territory, Jalon Hurts avoided a fierce Cowboy rush and on what looked like a desperation pass. Hurt completed a 40-yard pass to Quez Watkins. Feeding off of that play the Eagles scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass to Zack Ertz. Capping off an 8 play 90-yard drive, to make the score after the extra point 27/14 Cowboys with 7:08 to play in the third quarter.
The Cowboys began the fourth quarter deep inside Eagle territory at the 20-yard line. On fourth down from the 2-yard line, the Cowboys went for it. This time around Dak Prescott waited and waited until he found Cedrick Wilson open in the back of the end zone for another touchdown. After the Zuerlein extra point, the Cowboys extended their lead to 34 to 14.
Midway through the fourth quarter, the Cowboys gang tackled Jalon Hurts for a sack to take over possession of the ball at the Eagles 31-yard line. On third and 1 from the Eagles 22, Dak Prescott hit Dalton Schultz on a short pass, Schultz made two defenders miss and scampered into the end zone for his second touchdown of the night. After another Zuerlein extra point, the Cowboys break the 40 point mark making the score 41/14.
Late in the fourth quarter, Jalen Hurts threw a 15-yard touchdown to Greg Ward Jr. that came a little too late, for the game was already decided for a while. After the extra point, the lopsided score read 41/21. The Cowboys sat Dak and the rest of the main starters with just under two minutes remaining in the game, only to be brought in to take a knee and show a sign of team solidarity.
The final score was Dallas Cowboys 41 the Philadelphia Eagles 21. Dak Prescott in his return to AT$T Stadium threw for 238 yards 3 touchdowns on 21 of 26 passes, 6 rush yards on 9 carries. The running game was a key part of the game for the Cowboys as well. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns. Sidekick Tony Pollard pitched in rushing for 60 yards on 11 carries.
Not to be outshined by the Cowboy offense the defense shined as well. Especially Trevon Diggs with a 59-yard pick 6. Diggs was all over the field breaking up pass after pass. Trevon Diggs has 3 picks this season the only player in the league with an interception in each of the first three games of the season. As for the d-line Micah Parsons continued to apply pressure from the defensive end position with a 1/2 a sack. Osa Odighizuwa also had a full sack and a half, and let us not forget the first-quarter interception at the 1-yard line by Anthony Brown to stop an Eagle drive.
Overall, it was a dominating performance by the Cowboys with a 41/21 win over the Eagles on a highly anticipated home opener. Now the Cowboys have definitely made it clear, The Dallas Cowboys will be a team to reckon with this season. Next, up for the Cowboys in another home game at the AT&T Stadium, they will host the NFC South leader, the undefeated Carolina Panthers at 12:00 central standard time. It promises to be a tough battle. Until then Cowboy fans celebrate this dominating Dallas Cowboy victory.
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