Notes on Nick: Foles struggles mightily against Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence only made it about half a sentence worth of deflecting about his contract before he couldn't help himself on Sunday after a season-ending win over the Philadelphia Eagles. But the suddenly struggling kicker pulled his attempt to the left from only 23 yards out for the miss, the day's misery thankfully coming to an end.

Neither team was able to get past the 30-yard line of their opponent until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, shortly followed by the first score of the game.

The Eagles also have activated all of their offensive linemen for the first time - an indicator that they plan to finish the game with mostly second-team players.

Their season isn't over yet, and all they need is for this group to string together three good games in a row to take home the ultimate prize. That was also the last time Philadelphia was blanked. He played on special teams and replaced Ronald Darby at left cornerback on Dallas' third series.

Despite having already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Cowboys still finished with a winning record at 9-7. Punter Donnie Jones had a busy afternoon with seven punts averaging 42.7 yards per punt.

The teams were 0 for 12 on third and fourth down before the Cowboys converted on third down late in the second quarter. It was also the first time any game in the National Football League was scoreless at the break since the 2011 campaign.

Both of those things matter a great deal, especially after watching Nick Foles play quarterback over the last two weeks. Maybe the offense could have put up points if Torrey Smith doesn't drop a pass on third down on the first drive, but it's hard to say.

Defensive stud Vinny Curry was forced to play a lot on Sunday because Brandon Graham was out. Chris booted the ball eight times with four of those downed inside the 20-yard line.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Brice Butler connected for the game's only touchdown in the fourth quarter. That capped a 99-yard touchdown drive. The Eagles desperately need their other units to be firing on all cylinders to give themselves a chance to win in the playoffs, because the gap between hopeful MVP Carson Wentz and their current option is clear. But he came up just short of the 1,000-yard mark for the season, wrapping up with 983 yards for the year. Then Donnie Jones drilled a ideal punt that went out inside the Cowboys' 1-yard line.



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