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NFC East Champs: Eagles defeat the Cowboys to host home playoff game next week

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 29th, 2014 at 11:45 pm EST

For the second straight year, the Dallas Cowboys will not make the playoffs.

To make matters worse, the Cowboys lost the NFC East Championship in the final game of the regular season on NBC Sports. Last year, the Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins, in which the Redskins won the NFC East Championship after Tony Romo struggled late.

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Brandon Boykin (Getty Images)

But this time around, the Cowboys did not have Romo to hand over another game. The Cowboys had to use back up quarterback Kyle Orton, but still lost in the game, as the Philadelphia Eagles will move to the playoffs.

The Eagles defeated the Cowboys, 24-22, at AT&T Stadium in Irving, Texas.

With the win, the Eagles will now face the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles and Saints will kickoff on Saturday, January 4th at 8:30 pm.

This is the Eagles first home playoff game since the 2011 season when they were the No. 3 seed and faced the No. 6 seed, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers were upend the Eagles, 21-16, as the Packers would go on to win Super Bowl XLV.

The Cowboys were driving late with less than two minutes left. But then Orton threw an interception that Eagles defensive back Brandon Boykin would pick off to seal the Eagles win.

The Cowboys got within two points at 24-22 when Orton hit Dez Bryant for a 32-yard touchdown at 3:57. After the touchdown, the Cowboys failed on a two-point conversion, as Orton attempted to hit Bryant.

The Eagles received a 24-16 lead when running back Bryce Brown scored on a 6-yard rushing touchdown.

In the third quarter, the Cowboys went from being down 17-10 to being down just 1-point at 17-16 after two Dan Bailey field goals. Bailey connected on a 43-yard field goal at 9:04, then kicked a 36-yard field goal at 5:43.

Bailey also connected on a 44-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the second goal. His field goal would make it 17-10, as both teams would go into halftime with this score.

The Eagles made it 17-7 when Nick Foles hit Brent Celek for a 14-yard touchdown. Celek caught both receptions on the 2-play, 49-yard drive.

The Cowboys would make it 10-7 when Orton hit Gavin Escobar for a 17-yard touchdown. Escobar would dive over an Eagles defender and land in the end zone.

The Eagles jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Alex Henery would make a 47-yard field goal to make it 3-0 in the first goal, before Foles hit LeSean McCoy for a 3-yard touchdown a minute into the second quarter.

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