The Dallas Cowboys have been through this same sad ending before.
Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to victory with a 24-22 win over the Cowboys on Sunday, adding his team into the postseason.
Foles was 17-of-26 for 263 yards and threw two touchdown passes in the win-or-go-home game for the NFC East title.
“We kept fighting. We believed in each other,” said Foles. “When the offense was struggling, the defense picked us up.”
After losing Tony Romo to injury earlier this week, the Cowboys fill-in quarterback Kyle Orton threw 30-of-46 with 358 yards and two touchdowns. Still, it wasn’t enough to seal the game for Dallas. The quarterback threw a pass behind receiver Miles Austin on the first play of a fourth quarter drive–a drive in which the team needed a field goal to win the game–which was intercepted by Brandon Boykin, giving the Eagles the victory and their first division win since 2010.
The Cowboys are 136-136 since the start of the 1997 season, and have dropped a finale to each division rival in the past three seasons, missing the playoffs four years in a row.
“It’s unthinkable, really, to me to be sitting here three years in a row and this game ends up putting us at .500 and this game eliminates us from going to the playoffs,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
The Eagles will take on the New Orleans Saints in a wild-card game Saturday night.
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