Eagles pip Cowboys to claim NFC East division title

Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:32am EST
 
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(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles intercepted a pass from Kyle Orton in the final minutes to claim the NFC East division title with a nail-biting 24-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

With the conference's final playoff spot on the line in a winner-take-all matchup, Dallas (8-8) got the ball with just under two minutes and had a chance to win it but Orton's pass was picked off by Brandon Boykin to end their season.

"I just threw a bad pass," Orton told reporters. "Miles (Austin) ran a great route. Just threw it behind him and the guy made a nice catch on the ball."

Orton, who was filling in for the injured Tony Romo and for his first start since 2011, came up short in familiar Cowboys' fashion.

Dallas have now lost three consecutive season finales with the post-season on the line.

Philadelphia's (10-6) win earns them a wild card playoff matchup that they will host against the New Orleans Saints (11-5) on Saturday.

The Eagles were led by 24-year-old quarterback Nick Foles, who capped a stellar regular season by throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

Foles, who began the year as the backup QB before emerging as a standout after starter Michael Vick was injured, completed 17 of 26 passes.

Alongside him and first-year coach Chip Kelly, Philadelphia is heading to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.   Continued...

 
Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) throws in the pocket against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports