What they’re saying about the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys
How Eagles fans reacted to the dubious officiating calls and losing to an NFC East rival.
This one was tough.
The Eagles lost, 29-23, in overtime to the Cowboys, who continue on a five-game win streak with under a month left in the regular season.
With three games left -- and only one coming against an NFC East opponent -- the Eagles' shot at finishing on the top of the division likely disappeared on Sunday when Amari Cooper ran into the end zone for an overtime touchdown to seal the game.
But before we get to the despair of losing to the Cowboys (again), let’s take a look at what happened on social media while we were watching.
Ahead of kickoff, news trickled out that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett had tried to recruit an old friend to join Dallas for the final playoff push.
Jason Garrett recently tried to convince Jason Witten to come out of retirement and help Cowboys:https://t.co/y2gkPVUBCT— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2018
Based on how Jason Witten has performed in the broadcast booth, it wouldn’t be surprising if he considered a return to a job he’s a bit more comfortable in. But, according to ESPN, the former tight end is committed to his Monday Night Football role. For now.
We knew this would be a weird one when the game started out with the Eagles on the wrong side of an officiating call after the defense recovered a fumble and the zebras said they couldn’t make a conclusive call.
A call like that only added fuel to the fire later on in the game (you know what we’re talking about, and we’ll get to that).
Josh Adams got the call early on, rushing for 30 yards on three carries in the first half.
Josh Adams with the spin and bounce to the outside. Golden Tate helps him out with a block for a gain of 24 down the left sideline. pic.twitter.com/YivPZScyKP— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) December 9, 2018
But after halftime, it was hard to find Adams anywhere. He added just six more yards and the decision to not use him left a few fans wondering what was up.
I miss Josh Adams. I wish he was still on this team.— Patt_Meter (@Patt_Meter) December 9, 2018
Rasul Douglas gave Eagles fans something to be excited about during an otherwise lackluster first half with a big-time red-zone interception of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Rasul Douglas trying to singlehandedly keep the #Eagles in this game.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) December 9, 2018
Fans had a lot to say about Sidney Jones' performance. The Eagles could have used sharper play from the cornerback, but he looked like wasn’t playing at 100 percent.
During the break I’m rewatching the Sidney Jones toast plays. The way he’s running, I think he’s hurt.— Cracking Philly (@CrackingPhilly) December 10, 2018
As a Sidney Jones fanboy I won’t stand for any slander and will only accept that he’s hurt https://t.co/ef0XxaQkmF— Josh (@JRessel24) December 10, 2018
That didn’t stop fans from giving Jones a hard time on social media.
Sidney Jones gets burnt everytime... the new Jalen Mills🤦🏾♂️— Wesley Treadwell (@jay_wes1) December 10, 2018
Might I suggest a replacement for Sidney Jones? pic.twitter.com/Qlh4ulmfEN— Jamison Barker (@JBarks_68) December 9, 2018
Overall, the mood among fans was glum. The one thing to appreciate: Prescott’s play did a lot to keep the Eagles in the game.
1. This is an awful game.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) December 9, 2018
2. Dak Prescott has struggled valiantly to keep the Eagles in it.
Amari Cooper and the Eagles secondary has made Dak Prescott look better than he's played tonight— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 10, 2018
Dak Prescott in this game... pic.twitter.com/7LTurXd18c— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) December 10, 2018
The Eagles finally got on the board with an Alshon Jeffery touchdown midway through the third quarter, and they honored it with what appeared to be an elaborate celebration ... until a trio of Cowboys players put a stop to it.
Eagles fans in attendance down in Arlington were loving it, though.
Even if the folks watching on television had a problem with it.
YOU DO NOT CELEBRATE WHEN YOU’RE LOSING @cj_wentz— Franconia Dunphy (@TerryFranconia) December 9, 2018
That wasn’t a unique take -- plenty of people thought it wasn’t the right time to celebrate.
However, Dallas Goedert’s touchdown was.
Clutch drive from Wentz, 3/3 for 41 yards and finishes it off with the TD to Dallas Goedert pic.twitter.com/iPrlatgKnJ— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) December 10, 2018
Wentz to Goedert.— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) December 10, 2018
That’s NDSU passing to SDSU.
The score evened it up and set the Eagles up for what we soon realized would be an epic finish.
Prescott and Cooper took care of that real quick.
The Cowboys were going after Sidney Jones, so the #Eagles took him out and replaced him with De'Vante Bausby. Das Prescott went back to that side and hit Amari Cooper for a 75-yard TD. Ouch. Cowboys, 23-16.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) December 10, 2018
Eagles fan or Cowboys fan, it doesn’t matter -- we can all agree there was someone in Oakland who will see that highlight and grimace.
Jon Gruden watching Amari Cooper score his 2nd TD of the day pic.twitter.com/7yOvkEmfHO— Ugl’ass Jon (@uglassjon) December 10, 2018
And then came the moment that Eagles fans soon won’t forget. Goedert pulled in a pass from Carson Wentz and hustled 70-plus yards for a touchdown that would have evened the score.
And then it got called back.
What a weak sauce OPI call on Dallas Goedert pic.twitter.com/EtQhzoSCLU— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) December 10, 2018
It will not surprise you to learn Eagles fans were not happy about the call.
Offensive PI call on Goedert: pic.twitter.com/8rgjPYz79a— Trevor Gebhart (@trevg3) December 10, 2018
And there was contact to Goedert’s head twice on that play. Twice! pic.twitter.com/KOx7TJDDBh— Bert (@RealBertTweets) December 10, 2018
These refs can cost people jobs!! A offensive pass interference on a tight end swim move that has been taught since the beginning of football!— Jason Campbell (@JCam_17) December 10, 2018
A Dallas Cowboys conspiracy theory? That seems plausible.
Big calls always go the Cowboys way. I tell ya, it's uncanny. Robert Mueller needs to get on THAT.— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) December 10, 2018
Even one-time Eagle and Cowboy Terrell Owens had something to say about it.
Embarrassment is an understatement! https://t.co/EGLx50SuDp— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) December 10, 2018
After the call, it felt almost as if officials were trying to make up for the fact that the offensive pass interference was a bit dubious.
Eagles can get the next 8 calls and it won't make up for the TD— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) December 10, 2018
The field appeared to be littered in flags.
(Yes, we know that is photoshopped.)
After a Darren Sproles score and big-time Fletcher Cox sack to take the game into overtime, Eagles fans had their hopes crushed when they watched Cooper roll into the end zone for the game-winner.
Unsurprisingly, Cowboys fans were overjoyed -- especially when it came to new addition Cooper, who’s been on fire as the Cowboys have managed a five-game win streak.
If you just heard someone yell “YEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”— Cowboys Nation (@CowboysNation) December 10, 2018
That was me.
Eagles fans talked so much trash about the Cowboys getting Cooper for a 1st while they got Golden Tate.
WE GOT AMARI COOPER pic.twitter.com/weTvx0gwof
The Eagles have yet to beat the Cowboys when Zeke plays LMFAOO pic.twitter.com/E1bMtkV8I5— DAL 7-5 (@AmariOverOBJ) December 10, 2018
And Eagles fans ... well, you know how it felt.
So what better way to take out your aggression than sharing it with the internet?
Watching replay of Eagles-Dallas opening kickoff and fourth quarter. pic.twitter.com/lKDZWR7KAS— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) December 10, 2018
Your 2018 NFC East Champs pic.twitter.com/ajuSiwBU7Q— DelcoDelphia (@DelcoDelphia) December 10, 2018
The Eagles, at 6-7, have three more games: Next week at the 11-1 Rams, the following week vs. the 9-4 Texans and the regular-season finale against faltering Washington.
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