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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.

Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas walks off the field after the Dallas Cowboys beat the Eagles is overtime on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Arlington, TX.  YONG KIM / Staff Photographer
Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas walks off the field after the Dallas Cowboys beat the Eagles is overtime on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in Arlington, TX. YONG KIM / Staff PhotographerRead moreYONG KIM / Staff Photographer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

That didn’t stop fans from giving Jones a hard time on social media.

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.

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.

That wasn’t a unique take -- plenty of people thought it wasn’t the right time to celebrate.

However, Dallas Goedert’s touchdown was.

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.

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.

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.

It will not surprise you to learn Eagles fans were not happy about the call.

A Dallas Cowboys conspiracy theory? That seems plausible.

Even one-time Eagle and Cowboy Terrell Owens had something to say about it.

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.

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.

And Eagles fans ... well, you know how it felt.

So what better way to take out your aggression than sharing it with the internet?

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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