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Cowboys Lose a Turnover, Gain an Onside Kick

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 14: Jason Garrett head coach of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after a touchdown in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 14, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    The Dallas Cowboys, especially under Jason Garrett, have not been known as a team to break out the rogue onside kick in a game situation that doesn't necessarily call for it. Garrett has traditionally been very conservative in such instances.

    So years from now when folks look back on the pivotal win over the rival Eagles on Sunday and see the Cowboys recovered an onside kick on the opening kickoff, football historians everywhere will have their eyebrows raised.

    (Full disclosure: The preceding was a dramatization of a turn of events that will likely never happen)

    But that's exactly what the record books will show after Elias Sports Bureau ruled on Wednesday that the opening kickoff was indeed an onside kick, and not a fumble by the Eagles. It's the correct ruling, considering it's fairly clear Josh Huff nor Brad Smith touched the ball before C.J. Spillman recovered it to set up a quick Dez Bryant touchdown catch.

    Don't expect the Cowboys to go on a streak of going for onside kicks on the opening kickoff. In fact, that might never happen again in Garrett's tenure, but for one night, anyway, it happened.