Eagles Drop Regular-Season Finale, Finish With 13-3 Record

5 key Eagles matchups vs. Cowboys

Despite locking up the NFC's No. 1 seed six days earlier, the Philadelphia Eagles made a decision to play quarterback Nick Foles in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cowboys, but he turned in an uneven performance.

Dak Prescott tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter and the Cowboys denied the Eagles a franchise-record 14th win.

Second-year pro Nate Sudfeld replaced Foles and was 19 of 23 for 134 yards in his first career game.

That's why Pederson had just about all of his offensive starters, including quarterback Nick Foles, play through the first quarter despite already having the No. 1 seed in the NFC locked up.

Foles' third drive was his most concerning. That was also the last time Philadelphia was blanked.

The good news is that the Eagles' defense played well for most of the afternoon and the entire team escaped without any real injuries. They included right tackle Lane Johnson, right guard Brandon Brooks and center Jason Kelce, who was replaced by Isaac Seumalo, a second-year lineman who had played guard or tackle in his previous National Football League games.

See: punter Donnie Jones, who actually forgot to even take off his sweatpants before going out on the field.

He became the first Eagles quarterback to have a passer rating under 10 with at least 10 passing attempts in a game since Donovan McNabb in 2007.

Both of those things matter a great deal, especially after watching Nick Foles play quarterback over the last two weeks. The Eagles drove to the Cowboys 39 before Torrey Smith dropped a pass on third-and-7.

This was the first time an Eagles-Cowboys game had ever been scoreless at halftime, according to ESPN.

Defensive stud Vinny Curry was forced to play a lot on Sunday because Brandon Graham was out. He's 23-of-49 (47 percent) for 202 yards with a TD and two interceptions since his four-touchdown outing against the New York Giants in Week 15.

The Cowboys drove 99 yards for the first score. That was the Eagles' best chance to score in the first half.

The Cowboys went on to total 301 yards of offense, which included 129 yards rushing and 172 through the air. But he came up just short of the 1,000-yard mark for the season, wrapping up with 983 yards for the year. The Eagles managed to cross midfield again one more time, reaching the Dallas 44, but on fourth-and-2, Sudfeld's pass fell incomplete. The challenge will be what Pederson does with the offense in the next two weeks when the playoffs begin with home-field advantage.

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