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After stifling him all game, Eagles had no answer in OT for Dak Prescott

After stifling him all game, Eagles had no answer in OT for Dak Prescott

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott didn't complete more than two consecutive passes at any point in regulation Sunday night.

In overtime, he couldn't miss. 

Prescott, 14-for-34 through four quarters, torched the Eagles' defense in overtime, completing all five of his passes for 56 yards and the game-winning five-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten that gave the Cowboys a 29-23 walk-off win at AT&T Stadium.

Overtime was a nightmare for the Eagles, who watched the Cowboys drive 75 yards in 12 plays to complete a comeback from 10 points down early in the fourth quarter.

“Obviously disappointing for the defense, because that’s the position we want to be in,” Jordan Hicks said. “That’s the position you hope to be in at the end of the game.

“Defense on the field, going out there, holding them, keeping them out of the end zone. That’s exactly where we want to be, and we just came up short.”

A year ago, the Eagles beat the Cowboys in overtime in the same stadium on Jordan Matthews’ 41-yard touchdown catch from Sam Bradford.

In that game, Sam Bradford was 5-for-5 for 56 yards and a touchdown, and the Cowboys never got on the field.

This time, Prescott duplicated Bradford's numbers, and the Eagles never got on the field.

It's the first time the Eagles have gone into overtime and never run an offensive play since a 1999 loss to the Redskins in Landover.

On the Cowboys’ overtime drive, the Eagles’ defense — so sharp much of the game — just had no answers for Presecott.

Prescott connected with Cole Beasley on a 24-yard gain down to the Eagles’ 37, he gained two yards on a 4th-and-1 keeper at the Eagles’ 28, he connected with Ezekiel Elliott for 10 yards down to the 4, then threw the Eagles’ defense off with a spin move on the final play of the game before finding Witten wide open in the end zone.

“He just improvised,” Nolan Carroll said. “Especially on the last play. Just scrambled and found the open guy.”

Prescott with 6½ minutes left in the fourth quarter was 9-for-26 for 152 yards, with no TD passes and one interception.

He was 10-for-13 for 134 yards with two TDs and no interceptions in the final 13½ minutes.

“Everybody in the league knows that Dak can scramble and he extends plays with his legs and gets guys open and there’s nothing else to really say about it,” Jalen Mills said.

“Very frustrating. We pride ourselves on playing great football as a defense, and we just didn’t make the plays we had to make at the end.”

The Cowboys scored the last 16 points of the game and beat the Eagles in overtime for the first time ever.

“It was 0-0 when we got the ball,” Prescott said after his first career overtime game. “We’ve been great in the first few games of getting the ball first and scoring. That’s kind of how I took it and thought of it. We got the ball and needed a touchdown.”

The Eagles got the Cowboys in only one third down on the game-winning drive — and they stopped them. But the fourth-down conversion was lethal.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett could have sent out Dan Bailey, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, for a 45-yard field goal, but went for the kill instead.

It was the first fourth-down attempt against the Eagles in 34 overtime games in franchise history.
 
“He was asking if we should kick it,” Prescott said. “I was going back and forth with Coach on what to do. I said ‘I’ve got those big guys in front of me, we can get that yard,’ and that’s exactly what we did. They made some space for me to get that yard.” 

The Eagles had so many chances to put this game away, but it was all Dallas in overtime.

“It just wasn’t good enough,” Connor Barwin said. “We needed to come up with a play here, a play there, to at least hold them to a field goal and give our offense a chance.”

Going into Sunday, the Eagles were the stingiest second-half defense in the NFL, allowing only 19 points after halftime.

In Dallas, they allowed 16 in the final 13½ minutes.

“For them to be able to drive down the field on us, that was very uncharacteristic of us and the way we play defense,” Nigel Bradham said. “They don’t score, we win. That was our mindset. We did some good things, but a disappointing way to finish.”

There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

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There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

On Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he didn't want to "push any panic buttons" because of his offensive line. 

Turns out, he might be ready to. 

During the portion of Wednesday's practice that is open to reporters, Chance Warmack took first-team left guard reps between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce during individual drills. Isaac Seumalo was no longer working with the first team. It could possibly be a sign of things to come. 

The team portion of practice is closed to media members. 

Seumalo, the second-year offensive lineman out of Oregon State, had a terrible game against the Chiefs on Sunday. He gave up four of the six sacks the Eagles allowed and three of them went to defensive end Chris Jones, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. 

Seumalo, 23, admitted after the 27-20 loss Sunday that he needed to play better (see story). Meanwhile, Pederson pointed out some of Seumalo's issues — dropping his head, late hands, getting off the ball late — but said they were correctable. 

"So we'll evaluate the whole thing," Pederson continued Wednesday after saying he didn't want to push panic buttons. "It's not — again, it's not just one guy. If you're going to point the finger too, you can point it at me; I'm part of the pie, too. We'll evaluate it and we'll keep evaluating it."

Seumalo was handed the starting left guard job at the start of this training camp. The team decided that and was set to release veteran, and previous starter, Allen Barbre until they were able to get a conditional seventh-round pick for him. Looking back, they might have made that move too hastily. 

For the first two games of the season, Warmack has been inactive. It's the first time in his NFL career that he's been healthy and hasn't played. The former 10th overall pick joined the Eagles this offseason on a one-year deal but has since signed an extension to keep him under contract through the 2018 season. Warmack, after the first game of the season, said he was trying not to read into anything (see story)

In Philadelphia, Warmack has been reunited with his college position coach Jeff Stoutland. That was a big part of the reason he decided to join the Eagles. 

In addition to Warmack, the Eagles also have veteran Stefen Wisniewski available to play guard. 

Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice

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Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice

The Eagles are pretty light at defensive back Wednesday.

Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins, who both suffered hamstring injuries during Sunday's 27-20 loss to Kansas City, didn't practice Wednesday. 

"Right now, day to day," Pederson said. "Keep evaluating, keep monitoring both of those guys."

Defensive back Corey Graham also didn't practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury of his own. He was on the field wearing a baseball cap, chatting with McLeod, Watkins and Sidney Jones.

The Eagles are down to just six healthy defensive backs without McLeod, Watkins, Graham and Ronald Darby, who is out for at least another few weeks with a dislocated ankle. 

Despite the numbers in the secondary, the Eagles still haven't filled the empty spot on their roster. The Eagles have had the 53rd spot empty since they placed Donnel Pumphrey on IR with a torn hamstring Friday.

Pederson said the Eagles are going to "keep [their] eyes open" but haven't made a decision on how to fill the empty roster spot yet. They have just one defensive back on their practice squad. They signed former Chiefs corner De'Vante Bausby last week.

The Eagles tried to sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off the Bears' practice squad, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, but the Bears were able to keep him by promoting him to their active roster.

The Eagles were so light at safety in Sunday's game that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz admitted the team started to prepare linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill to go into the game. On Wednesday, the Eagles had just two healthy safeties: Malcolm Jenkins and the seldom-used Chris Maragos. 

DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) also missed Wednesday's practice. He missed the game on Sunday.