The Eagles now own a 13-2 record and have achieved every possible goal a team had for the regular season. The game exposed the shortcomings of quarterback Nick Foles, who has replaced Carson Wentz after Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago. "I've still got a lot of confidence in [Foles]", Pederson said.
Despite his rapid ascension up the depth chart, nobody had any idea what a Sudfeld-led offense might look like until Sunday.
Remarkably, it continued after the break, as this became the first time in Cowboys history that the team played to a scoreless tie through three quarters. The unit has avoided injuries for most of the year, with the exception being Hicks. He showed near pin-point accuracy on his passes, finishing the game 19-for-23 for 134 yards, and setting an National Football League record for most accurate performance by a quarterback in his first career game. Brandon Graham seemed to hurt his ankle Monday and is already out for Sunday's game. Philadelphia's defense did an excellent job of hurrying Dak Prescott, but some of his errors were just self-inflicted wounds; Fox play-by-play man Kenny Albert kept blaming the wind on the trajectory of his passes as if he was making excuses for a pee wee player who could barely see over the line of scrimmage.
"Pretty solid for the most part in terms of efficiency and everything, but I felt like there were some plays that we weren't able to finish", Sudfeld said.
Hopefully, by the second half, all of the starters should be pulled from the game and Sudfeld can get playing time. Jones, coming off his Achilles injury, needs some experience under his belt, and if he's ready to go, this is a ideal opportunity for him. He showed adequate arm strength, good pocket awareness and mobility, accounting for the Eagles' longest gain of the day with a 22-yard run. "I'm not putting anyone on a pitch count or set number of plays".
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To be fair, Pederson rested running back Jay Ajayi and limited quarterback Nick Foles, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and other key players to cameo appearances. Sudfeld completed 19-for-23 for 136 yards. He followed poor throws to his receivers with taking big sacks and the Eagles were consistently punting from near their own end zone. With the No. 1 seed in the playoffs locked up, Foles and numerous offensive starters were pulled after one quarter of play to avoid injury. Hollins caught a deep touchdown early in the year and Gibson has been inactive all year, so why not let them get a few snaps in the second half?
Regardless of who the Eagles play in the divisional round, they're going to be in trouble.
Theres always a fine line for coaches of teams that have top playoff spots locked up this time of year.
Unless the Eagles have been holding back offensively these last two weeks, it's a team that will have problems moving the ball against a decent NFC defense, which they will surely face in the playoffs.
Foles and company got off to an encouraging start against the Cowboys. While the Cowboys lost the game, they went into the playoffs healthy, something that should be every playoff team's number one priority at this point in the season.