Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.
They put up 27 points, which is great considering what they've been doing in recent weeks. But Matt Cassel also gift-wrapped a pick-six to Cowboys killer Jordan Hicks. Cassel threw for 299 yards and three scores, including two to Cole Beasley and one to Dez Bryant, who both eclipsed the 100-yard mark receiving. Darren McFadden rushed for 117 yards. All the numbers were there. Just not enough to get the job done and they gave the Eagles a touchdown.
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Once again, the defense faded down the stretch, and once again, they failed to force a turnover. Now, to be fair, they had guys dropping like flies late in the game, most notably Sean Lee. Lee suffered another concussion — his second this year — and DeMarcus Lawrence was hurt late, as well. In all, the defense gave up 459 total yards, which isn't going to win many games.
Special teams: A
Lucky Whitehead had a big night in the return game, and Dan Bailey was nails in the kicking game, including a 44-yarder in the closing seconds of regulation to force overtime.