By: Mark Lane

Cowboys at Eagles

SERIES FACTS (11)

How important is a season finale win after a first round bye is secured?

Lost finale, lost opening playoff game: 7/11
Won finale, won opening playoff game: 15/23


This is the fourth time in club history the Cowboys are 8-7. Every such previous record finished with an 8-8 record.


This is the second time in club history the Eagles are 13-2. That other team from 2004 similarly achieved home-field advantage and advanced as far as Super Bowl XXXIX.


Since 1990, when playoff formats were last reformatted, teams there have been 29 teams to start 13-2. Here are the final fates for those teams:

Divisional playoff loss – 9/29
Conference championship loss – 6/29
Super Bowl loss – 7/29
Super Bowl win – 7/29


This is the fifth time the Eagles have won the division while the Cowboys have finished in second place.


The Cowboys are currently 5-2 on the road. A win would give them a 6-2 finish, a tie for the fourth-best away record in franchise history.


A win would give the Eagles an 8-0 home record, tied for their best home record in club history (1992).


The Dallas Cowboys are 28-27 against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road. Here is the breakdown by venue:

Franklin Field: 4-6
Veterans Stadium: 16-15
Lincoln Financial Field: 8-6


The Cowboys are 3-4 in season finales against the Eagles.

Dallas is 5-2 against Philadelphia in January with a 1-2 record in Philadelphia.

The Cowboys are 11-22 all-time on the road in season finales.


DAK PRESCOTT FACTS (16)

Prescott is tied with Ezekiel Elliott, Carlos Hyde, and Cam Newton for the eighth-most red zone rushing touchdowns with six.

Prescott is tied for the 10th-most third down conversions by rush with 11.

Prescott is tied with Cam Newton for the sixth-most interceptions in the NFL with 13.

Prescott is tied with Kirk Cousins and Brett Hundley for the second-most red zone interceptions in the NFL with three.

Prescott is tied for the 10th-most interceptions on third down with four.

Prescott has thrown the most pick-sixes in the NFL with four.

Prescott is tied with DeShone Kizer for the seventh-fewest yards per completion in the NFL at 10.8.

Among quarterbacks with a minimum of 100 attempts, Prescott has the seventh-highest completion percentage on third down at 61.8.

Prescott has thrown the 11th-most passes inside the 10-yard line with 28.

On first down, Prescott has a 95.1 passer rating, 7.1 yards per pass attempt, and Dez Bryant his most targeted receiver with 42 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 104.8 rating, 7.4 yards per attempt, and Jason Witten his most targeted receiver with 32 passes.

On second down, Prescott has an 89.8 passer rating, 6.8 yards per pass attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 42 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 114.3 rating, 8.7 yards per attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 41 passes.

On third down, Prescott has an 81.3 passer rating, 6.6 yards per pass attempt, and Bryant his most targeted receiver with 36 passes. In 2016 through the first 15 games, Prescott had a 96.1 rating, 7.9 yards per attempt, and Cole Beasley his most targeted receiver with 28 passes.

Prescott has an 89.8 passer rating when huddled. In 2016, Prescott had a 103.5 rating.

Prescott has a 61.9 passer rating when going no-huddle. In 2016, Prescott had a 123.7 rating.

Prescott has an 83.7 passer rating when in the shotgun. In 2016, Prescott had a 100.4 rating.

Prescott has a 95.7 passer rating when under center. In 2016, Prescott had a 122.2 rating.


NICK FOLES FACTS (10)

Foles’ first ever NFL action came against the Cowboys on Nov. 11, 2012 when defensive tackle Jay Ratliff knocked out starter Michael Vick. Foles finished 22/32 for 219 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in a 38-23 loss.
The last time Foles faced the Cowboys was also in Week 17 back in 2013. He completed 17/26 for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and posted a 124.4 rating in a 24-22 win that gave the Eagles the NFC East and dropped Dallas to its third consecutive 8-8 finish.

Foles is 1-3 against the Cowboys with an 87.2 passer rating.

Foles is 3-4 against the NFC East as an Eagles starter with a 3-1 record at home.

Foles has an 88.1 passer rating with the Eagles in 2017. In his final year of 2014, it was 81.4.

Foles is 8-5 in December with a 4-3 record at home.

Since taking over for Carson Wentz in Week 14, Foles has targeted tight end Zach Ertz the most with 23 passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on first down, Foles has a 58.8 passer rating, 5.4 yards per pass attempt, and Nelson Agholor his most targeted receiver with 13 passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on second down, Foles has a 134.1 passer rating, 6.7 yards per pass attempt, and Ertz the most targeted receiver with seven passes.

Since taking over for Wentz, on third down, Foles has a 64.4 passer rating, 3.3 yards per pass attempt, and Alshon Jeffery his most targeted receiver with eight passes.


EZEKIEL ELLIOTT FACTS (10)

Elliott needs 120 yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the year.

Elliott is tied with Jordan Howard for the eighth-most total touchdowns in the NFL with nine.

Elliott’s seven rushing touchdowns are tied for the seventh-most in the NFL.

Elliott leads the NFL with 97.8 rushing yards per game.

Elliott leads the NFL with 23.9 rushing attempts per game.

Elliott has the seventh-most red zone rushing attempts with 36.

Elliott has the sixth-most red zone rushing yards with 107.

Elliott has had 18 touches inside the 10-yard line. Prescott has the most with 39.

Elliott is tied for the eighth-most rushing touchdowns inside the 10-yard line with five.

Elliott has taken 42.1 percent of the Cowboys’ rushing attempts inside the 5-yard line.


JASON GARRETT FACTS (10)

Garrett owns every one of the Cowboys’ 8-7 records in team history. Every single one matured into an 8-8 finish (2011-13).


Garrett has a 27-18 record against the NFC East with a 16-6 record on the road.


Garrett has staved off a series sweep by NFC East opponents 5/9 times.


Garrett owns a 7-8 record against the Eagles. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys coaches where applicable:

Tom Landry: 36-20
Barry Switzer: 6-3
Wade Phillips: 5-2
Chan Gailey: 3-1
Jason Garrett: 7-8
Jimmy Johnson: 5-6
Bill Parcells: 3-5
Dave Campo: 0-6



Garrett’s 17-15 December record contains the second-most such wins in club history:

Tom Landry: 63-43-1
Jason Garrett: 17-15
Jimmy Johnson: 13-7
Bill Parcells: 8-9
Barry Switzer: 7-8
Wade Phillips: 5-7
Dave Campo: 4-9
Chan Gailey: 3-5


Garrett is 11-7 on the road in December. Here is how that compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Landry: 28-22-1
Garrett: 11-7
Johnson: 6-5
Parcells: 5-5
Phillips: 4-4
Switzer: 4-4
Campo: 1-6
Gailey: 0-4


Garrett is currently 27-27 without Tony Romo under center, and is 2-5 against Philadelphia without him. Here is how that compares to other divisional foes:
Washington: 6-1
NY Giants: 2-3
Philadelphia: 2-5


Garrett is 15-10 on the road without Romo under center.

Garrett is 2-5 in season finales. Here is how he compares to other Cowboys head coaches:

Tom Landry: 15-14
Jimmy Johnson: 3-2
Chan Gailey: 2-0
Jason Garrett: 2-5
Wade Phillips: 1-2
Barry Switzer: 1-3
Dave Campo: 0-3
Bill Parcells: 0-4


Garrett is 19/36 on challenges in his career with a 1/5 mark in 2017.


DOUG PEDERSON FACTS (10)

Pederson has completed a series sweep 2/2 times with a 1/1 rate at home.

Pederson is 7-4 against the NFC East with a 4-1 record at home.

Pederson is 7-7 against playoff-winning head coaches with a 5-1 record at home.

Pederson is 2-1 against the Cowboys. Here is how he compares to other Eagles head coaches:

Andy Reid: 17-12
Buddy Ryan: 8-2
Nick Skorich: 4-2
Doug Pederson: 2-1
Buck Shaw: 1-0
Joe Kuharich: 5-5
Chip Kelly: 3-3
Marion Campbell: 1-5
Mike McCormack: 2-4
Rich Kotite: 2-7
Ray Rhodes: 3-6
Dick Vermeil: 4-10
Ed Khayat: 0-3
Jerry Williams: 0-5


A win would join Pederson with Skorich, Kuharich, Ryan, and Reid as the only Eagles head coaches to have swept the Cowboys.

A win would also give Pederson a 6-0 mark against the NFC East. The only other coach to sweep the entire division was Reid in 2004.

The Eagles are tied with the Broncos for the seventh-most penalties in the NFL with 109.

Philadelphia has scored 457 points through 15 games. The single-season record is 474 set by the 2014 Eagles.

Pederson and Reid are the only Eagles head coaches to lead the squad to a 13-2 record, and Pederson is the only coach in team history to do it in his second year.


Pederson is 8/16 on challenges for his career with a 2/6 record in 2017.


BROADCAST FACTS (10)

This is the 10th time since the opening of Lincoln Financial Field in 2003 that FOX will broadcast a game in the series from there. The Eagles have the advantage at 5-4.

The Cowboys are 15-11 when Kenny Albert calls their games.

The Eagles are 25-19-1 when Albert calls their games.

This is the third time Albert will call a game in the series. The Cowboys hold a 2-0 advantage.

The Cowboys are 0-1 when Ronde Barber calls their games.

Philadelphia is 2-1 when Barber calls their games.

Dallas is 126-119 all-time on FOX.

Philadelphia is 145-119-2 all-time on FOX.

This is the 16/24 time that FOX will broadcast the Cowboys season finale since 1994.

This is the sixth time that FOX will broadcast an inconsequential Dallas season finale. The other four previous occasions were 1997, 2001, 2002, 2010, and 2015. Dallas went 1-4.


JOHN PARRY FACTS (10)

The Cowboys are 6-6 when Parry referees their games:

2007 – GB, 37-27 – W
2008 – @Rams, 14-34 – L
2008 – SEA, 34-9 – W
2009 – @WAS, 17-0 – W
2010 – @NYG, 35-41 – L
2011 – DET, 30-34 – L
2012 – @ATL, 13-19 – L
2013 – @PHI, 17-3 – W
2014 – @JAX, 31-17 – W
2015 – @NYG, 20-27 – L
2015 – WAS, 23-34 – L
2016 – Ravens, 27-17 – W



Dallas has had fewer penalties than their opponents 5/11 times. Here are the results:


2007 – GB: 9/142; DAL: 10/65
2008 – Rams: 5/32; DAL: 8/56
2008 – SEA: 5/46; DAL: 5/38
2009 – WAS: 4/33; DAL: 4/21
2010 – NYG: 6/46; DAL: 5/42
2011 – DET: 10/75; DAL: 7/33
2012 – ATL: 2/15; DAL: 7/50
2013 – PHI: 5/33; DAL: 12/75
2014 – JAX: 2/19; DAL: 9/65
2015 – NYG: 3/13; DAL: 7/46
2015 – WAS: 3/20; DAL: 4/44
2016 – Ravens: 12/136; DAL: 5/45



Parry is tied for the fourth-highest home team winning percentage among active referees in 2017:


Pete Morelli: .769
Brad Allen: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
John Parry: .643
Walt Coleman: .643
Ron Torbert: .643
Jerome Boger: .571
John Hussey: .571
Jeff Triplette: .571
Terry McAulay: .533
Carl Cheffers: .533
Ed Hochuli: .500
Tony Corrente: .467
Walt Anderson: .467
Bill Vinovich: .429
Clete Blakeman: .429
Craig Wrolstad: .357




Parry is in the middle of the pack in terms of home teams having fewer penalties:


Pete Morelli: .808
Brad Allen: .714
Gene Steratore: .714
Bill Vinovich: .679
Walt Anderson: .667
Craig Wrolstad: .643
Clete Blakeman: .643
Jerome Boger: .607
John Hussey: .571
John Parry: .571
Ron Torbert: .500
Carl Cheffers: .467
Tony Corrente: .467
Jeff Triplette: .429
Terry McAulay: .400
Walt Coleman: .357
Ed Hochuli: .357



The Eagles are 5-4 with Parry. Here are the results:

2007 – @WAS, 33-25 – W
2009 – KC, 34-14 – W
2009 – @NYG, 45-38 – W
2010 – GB, 20-27 – L
2010 – @NYG, 38-31 – W
2013 – DAL, 3-17 – L
2014 – @HTX, 31-21 – W
2015 – @DET, 14-45 – L
2016 – @WAS, 20-27 – L



The Eagles have had fewer penalties with Parry 6/9 times:

2007 – WAS: 11/74; PHI: 5/38
2009 – KC: 10/90; PHI: 3/20
2009 – NYG: 7/54; PHI: 6/45
2010 – GB: 2/15; PHI: 10/80
2010 – NYG: 4/35; PHI: 5/30
2013 – DAL: 12/75; PHI: 5/33
2014 – HTX: 9/54; PHI: 7/55
2015 – DET: 4/29; PHI: 2/30
2016 – WAS: 9/75; PHI: 13/114



Parry’s games see 4.9 sacks on average, tied for sixth-most in the NFL:

Cheffers: 5.3
McAulay: 5.3
Vinovich: 5.1
Wrolstad: 5.1
Triplette: 5.0
Parry: 4.9
Boger: 4.9
Corrente: 4.9
Coleman: 4.8
Hochuli: 4.6
Morelli : 4.6
Torbert : 4.6
Anderson: 4.3
Steratore: 4.2
Blakeman: 4.0
Hussey : 3.9
Allen: 3.4


Parry calls 2.3 offensive holding calls per game, the sixth-fewest in the NFL:

Torbert: 3.0
Coleman: 2.9
McAulay: 2.9
Cheffers: 2.7
Anderson: 2.7
Corrente: 2.5
Wrolstad: 2.5
Hochuli: 2.4
Hussey : 2.4
Allen: 2.4
Morelli: 2.4
Parry: 2.3
Steratore: 2.2
Boger: 2.2
Triplette: 1.9
Vinovich: 1.6
Blakeman: 1.6


Under John Parry, the Cowboys are 0/4 on challenges while their opponents are 6/7. Replay Assistant is 2/4 with none of the calls benefiting the Cowboys.


With Parry, the Eagles are 3/4 on challenges while their opponents are 0/4. Replay Assistant is 1/7 with three of those calls having benefited Philadelphia.


MISCELLANEOUS FACTS (10)

The Eagles defense allows the sixth-fewest points per game at 19.3.

The Eagles defense has the third-most interceptions in the NFL with 19.

The Eagles defense allows the fourth-fewest yards per pass attempt at 6.5.

The Eagles defense has the seventh-lowest opposing passer rating in the NFL at 79.2.

The Eagles defense leads the NFL with the lowest rushing yards per game at 75.9.

The Eagles defense is tied with the Vikings for the fifth-lowest yards per carry at 3.7.

The Eagles defense has faced the absolute fewest rushing attempts in the NFL at 305.

DeMarcus Lawrence is tied with Calais Campbell for the second-most sacks in the NFL with 14.5. The last Cowboy to lead the NFL in sacks was DeMarcus Ware with 15.5 in 2010.

Lawrence is tied for the fourth-most forced fumbles in the NFL with four.

Taco Charlton’s three sacks are already tied for the seventh-best for a rookie in Cowboys history.

The Cowboys are 0-3 on Dec. 31. Here are the results:

1967 – @GB, 17-21 – L
1972 – @WAS, 3-26 – L
2006 – DET, 31-39 – L

The Eagles are 2-0 on Dec. 31. Here are the results:

2000 – TB, 21-3 – W
2006 – ATL, 24-17 – W

Dallas has one birthday to celebrate on Dec. 31 with former receiver Golden Richards. The Salt Lake City, Utah native was born in 1950 and played for Dallas from 1973-78.