The Cowboys didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, needing just over 3 minutes on their first possession to reach the end zone. A 44-yard bomb from Prescott to CeeDee Lamb did the real damage, setting the team up at the Eagle’s 1-yard line. Elliott then bulled his way in for the points and in the process moved into sole possession of third place in Cowboys history for rushing touchdowns (48).
In a strange sequence of events, though, Philadelphia soon tied it. Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown intercepted a Jalen Hurts pass at the Cowboys’ 1-yard line, ending that threat. But just two plays into the Dallas series, Prescott was strip-sacked in the end zone with the fumbled ball bouncing off players and into the arms of nemesis Fletcher Cox for the Eagles touchdown.
Dallas appeared to have a second score late in the quarter when on fourth-and-goal, Prescott tried to sneak his way in. But although on replay the ball appeared to cross the goal line, the officials on the field ruled Philadelphia had made the stop.
No matter. After the Dallas Cowboys defense forced the Eagles to go 3-and-out, Prescott and company took over at the 50-yard line and 6 plays later got their points. It was the Pollard and Dalton Schultz show this time as the former rushed four times for 24 yards with the latter adding two catches for 31 more. The last of those was a 19-yard touchdown grab to five Dallas the lead for good.
The Cowboys took possession as the second frame got underway and simply lined up the road graders and manhandled the Philadelphia defense. Over a 13-play, 65-yard drive that ate up 7:50 of clock, the combination of Elliott and Pollard chewed up 42 rushing yards running right up the middle, the last of which was a bull rush by Zeke into the end zone from 3 yards out. Not that it meant a whole lot in the overall outcome, but Greg Zuerlein did miss the extra point, his second time doing so on the young season, putting the Cowboys up 20-7 at the half.