December 13 Philadelphia Inquirer:
ARLINGTON, Texas – DeSean Jackson spent the last week playfully debating Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy over who is the fastest Eagle. That question remains unresolved, but Jackson at least showed he is faster than anyone on the Cowboys’ defense.
All the evidence needed came on Jackson’s scintillating 91-yard fourth quarter touchdown Sunday night, punctuated by a stylish – but penalized – celebration that put his team ahead and swung a game that was in danger of slipping away from the Eagles.
The touchdown was the longest score of a career marked by big plays, and contributed to a 216-yard night. Jackson, held in check here last season, returned with a vengeance. He had 210 receiving yards and 6 yards rushing, the third-most total yards in Eagles history. On a night when the Eagles once had to throw to guard Todd Herremans to get into the end zone, they needed every step of Jackson’s speed in a 30-27 victory.
The rest of the offense was slow to get involved. Michael Vick was hammered and had his first multiple-turnover game in nearly four years. Jackson led the Eagles‘ offensive attack, opening the game with a 60-yard catch on the first play from scrimmage and setting up the Eagles‘ second touchdown with a 37-yard catch and sprint.
With the defense providing its typical up-and-down performance – producing a key turnover but allowing 27 points – it was another ugly night in Texas for Andy Reid’s crew. But in the end it was ugly the 9-4 Eagles could live with, at least for now.
Returning to the place where the Cowboys had destroyed Philadelphia‘s 2009 season, the Eagles won a slugfest.
The Eagles had been hit hard and kept in check for most of the game Sunday in their third visit to Cowboys Stadium, right until Jackson turned a short pass into a score.
Dimitri Patterson picked off Jon Kitna on the Cowboys’ next play from scrimmage and the Eagles got the points that gave them an important division win and at least a share of first place in the NFC East heading into a critical showdown Sunday with the New York Giants.
Late in the third quarter, it looked as if there might be another Eagles disappointment in Dallas. The evident flaws that contributed to a Cowboys rally – an inconsistent defense, leaky pass protection – are causes for concern.
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