Notes on Nick: Foles struggles mightily against Cowboys

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It is hard to be too critical of the Eagles offense when so many key players were given the day off or taken out early to prepare for the playoffs.

These two teams have been playing since 1960.

He became the first Eagles quarterback to have a passer rating under 10 with at least 10 passing attempts in a game since Donovan McNabb in 2007. The only problem for the 37-year-old Jones was he forgot to take them off as he went on the field for a punt with under six minutes to play in the second quarter.

In order to advance in the playoffs, the Eagles will need to lean on their defense and ask their offense to play opportunistic ball while limiting turnovers.

Second-year pro Nate Sudfeld replaced Foles and was 19 of 23 for 134 yards in his first career game. That was also the last time Philadelphia was blanked.

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The Eagles finish the regular season at 13-3 - one win shy of a franchise record.

This was the first time an Eagles-Cowboys game had ever been scoreless at halftime, according to ESPN. The highlight of the first half was when punter Donnie Jones forgot to take off his warmup trousers and had to do it in a hurry before booting a ball to the Dallas 4-yard line. That's all they needed. He's the second player in the National Football League to do it this season, joining Matt Cassel.

Both of those things matter a great deal, especially after watching Nick Foles play quarterback over the last two weeks. They finally gave up a score in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but it's hard to be mad at them given how they held up over the course of the game.

Five of Philadelphia's defensive starters — LB Nigel Bradham, DE Brandon Graham, DT Tim Jernigan, S Rodney McLeod, CB Jalen Mills — and one regular — DE Derek Barnett — were inactive. He's 23-of-49 (47 percent) for 202 yards with a TD and two interceptions since his four-touchdown outing against the New York Giants in Week 15.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Brice Butler connected for the game's only touchdown in the fourth quarter. Sudfeld then ran 22 yards on another third down and the crowd roared. He pinned the Cowboys inside the 5 with his punt and later placed one at the 1. The Eagles desperately need their other units to be firing on all cylinders to give themselves a chance to win in the playoffs, because the gap between hopeful MVP Carson Wentz and their current option is clear. The fourth-down pass fell incomplete.