Cowboys 38, Eagles 27: Whitt Watch Top 10

10. Wow. Hear that? That’s the sound of sad, sulking silence from critics of Tony Romo and champions of “the Cowboys always choke in December” narrative. My condolences.

9. Philadelphia may be the armpit of America, with its stinky streets and grumpy residents. But one thing it isn’t is intimidating. Cowboys are now 5-1 in their last six trips to Lincoln Financial Field.

8. Things were going so well early that the Cowboys recovered the opening kickoff, turned a sack into a first down and jumped to a 21-0 lead. For most of the first half the Eagles resembled their NBA brethren, the sorry Sixers.

7. If you weren’t already, aren’t you now giddy that the Cowboys are suiting up Zack Martin instead of Johnny Manziel?

6. No doubt this was the best win of Jason Garrett’s career, helped by one of his best challenges. The head coach tossed his red flag just a second before the Eagles’ snapped the ball, resulting in a fumble by Brent Celek and setting up Dan Bailey’s game-clinching 49-yard field goal.

5. The Eagles helped. A lot. Mark Sanchez missed open receivers and Philly committed four turnovers. Props to safety J.J. Wilcox for an interception and forced fumble, both with the game in serious limbo.

4. All in one 60-minute game, the Cowboys went from DirecTV Rob Lowe, to Cable Rob Lowe, and then back to DirecTV Rob Lowe.

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3. It was late in the third quarter and the Cowboys were on the verge of another December implosion. A 21-0 lead had deteriorated into a 24-21 deficit. The national naysayers were howling. The buzzards were circling. The Lincoln Financial Field crowd was blood-thirsty and frenzied. And then … the Cowboys calmly drove 78 yards for an order-restoring touchdown. The possession started with a 1-yard run by DeMarco Murray. But facing 2nd-and-9, Romo hit Dez Bryant for a 22-yard gain that stopped the bleeding and turned the momentum. The Cowboys didn't’t face a 3rd down on the drive, which ended with Bryant’s second touchdown catch. The Cowboys of last year – of the last four years, really – don’t produce that kind of drive. This team is different. That drive was the evidence.

2. Cowboys are 7-0 on the road for only the third time in franchise history. Standing between them and an unprecedented 8-0 will be a Dec. 28 finale at the 3-11 Redskins. They are also 7-1 in their last 8 NFC East road games.

1. Eagles’ fan Bradley Cooper had a better chance of covering Dez than Eagles’ cornerback Bradley Fletcher.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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