NFL: Philadelphia Eagles topple Dallas Cowboys in nail-biting clash
Last Updated: 30/12/13 8:53am
Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East following a 24-22 success over the Dallas Cowboys
The Philadelphia Eagles secured the final NFC play-off place on Sunday by claiming a nail-biting 24-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
The victory improved the Eagles to 10-6 on the season to secure the NFC East title and a wild-card clash at home to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday while Dallas dropped to 8-8.
The Eagles were led by 24-year-old quarterback Nick Foles, who capped a stellar regular season by throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
Foles, who began the year as the backup QB before emerging as a standout after starter Michael Vick was injured, completed 17 of 26 passes.
Alongside him and first-year coach Chip Kelly, Philadelphia are heading to the play-offs for the first time since 2010.
"They didn't flinch," Kelly said of his team, which finished last in the division last season. "I expect this group to compete every day. One week at a time."
Philadelphia scored the game's first 10 points and led 17-10 at half time. LeSean McCoy ran for 131 yards and also caught a three-yard score for the Eagles.
In the fourth quarter, Foles led Philadelphia on a crucial drive and found Bryce Brown for a six-yard touchdown that put the visitors ahead 24-16.
Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton responded with a 32-yard TD strike to Dez Bryant, but the two could not connect for a two-point conversion that would have tied the game.
Orton, who was filling in for the injured Tony Romo and for his first start since 2011, finished the match with 358 yards passing but was crucially intercepted twice.
With just under two minutes remaining and with the game on the line Dallas had a chance to win it but Orton's pass was picked off by Brandon Boykin to end their season.