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2.0 NFC Semifinals: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

QB-Otto Graham
RB-OJ Simpson
FB-Rocky Bleier
WR-Paul Warfield
WR-Tim Brown
TE-Jackie Smith
OT-Lou Groza
G-Tom Mack
C-Clyde "The Bulldog" Turner
G-Steve Wisniewski
OT-Jackie Slater

DE-Deacon Jones
DT-Leo Nomellini
DT-Alex Karras
DE-Leslie O'Neal
ROLB-Clyde Turner
MLB-Junior Seau
LOLB-Kevin Greene
CB-Dick "Night Train" Lane
S-Ed Meador
S-Jack Tatum
CB-Emmitt Thomas

K-Lou Groza
P-Sean Landeta
KR-Brian Mitchell
PR-Brian Mitchell

Slot WR- Tommy McDonald
Nickel Back-CB Frank Minnifield
3-4 RMLB Patrick Willis
Backup RB Leroy Kelly
Backup DE Harvey Martin
Backup TE Fred Arbanas

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Dallas Cowboys

QB: Terry Bradshaw
RB: Jim Brown
FB: Cookie Gilchrist
WR: Marvin Harrison
WR: Andre Reed
TE: Charlie Sanders
LT: Jonathan Ogden
LG: Steve Hutchinson
C: Mike Webster
RG: Will Shields
RT: George Kunz
BN: Dick Schafrath, Jimmy Smith, Devin Hester

DE: Gino Marchetti
DT: Warren Sapp
DT: Richard Seymour
DE: Neil Smith
SLB: Randy Gradishar
MLB: Sam Huff
WLB: Greg Lloyd
CB: Champ Bailey
SS: Rodney Harrison
FS: Deron Cherry
CB: Deion Sanders
BN: Jessie Armstead, Dick Anderson

K: Mark Moseley
P: Jeff Feagles
KR: Deion Sanders
PR: Devin Hester

Coach: Bill Cowher

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Why the Eagles should win:

Offense-Our main goal is going to be establishing a balance between running and passing. Marchetti, Seymour, and Sapp are all three solid linemen, but we think that our offensive line will be able to hold them up long enough so that they can reach the linebackers of the Cowboys, which is where we feel we have a significant advantage. OJ Simpson is one of the best RBs of all-time, and should be able to exploit the Dallas linebacking corps. Otto Graham is again one of the top quarterbacks of all-time, and should be able to get the ball to Warfield & Brown. Warfield against Sanders is going to be a very good matchup, but hopefully Paul's blazing speed will allow him to make the big plays he was famous for. We think that Tim will be able to go up against Champ Bailey, and being the great possession receiver he is, he will be able to keep the chains moving and the drives going.

Defense-We think that our defensive front 7 is the biggest strength of our team. We have a stud defensive player at each position, Deacon Jones at DE, Nomellini at DT, Seau at MLB, Greene at OLB, and Night Train Lane at CB. The left side of our defensive front 7 has two of the best pass rushers in NFL history with Kevin Greene (3rd all-time in sacks) and the Secretary of Defense and in our opinion best defensive lineman in NFL history Deacon Jones who if sacks were a recorded stat would be 3rd all-time with 173.5. Leslie O'Neal is also 9th all-time in sacks at right DE. Our whole defensive line is based around the concept of the pass rush and forcing the Dallas offense into quick throws and blowing up running plays. The Dallas offensive line is solid, but we think that our front 7 will be able to get enough pressure on Terry Bradshaw to render their offense ineffective. Our defense boasts again, in our opinion the best cornerback of all-time, Dick "Night Train" Lane. He will be able to blanket Marvin Harrison, leaving HOF Emmitt Thomas to cover Andre Reed. Lane and Jack Tatum will be on the prowl in our secondary, looking to lay the boom on any fool who comes over the middle. With the pass rush we've got and coverage on WRs, the Dallas passing game should be non-existent. Jim Brown is the best offensive player in NFL history, but once the passing game is shut down, hopefully we will be able to contain him.

Special Teams-Brian Mitchell should be able to give us some very solid field position. He owns just about every punt and kick return record in the book. Lou Groza was a revolutionary kicker, and led the NFL in points all-time when he retired. Also, Sean Landeta is one of a very select few players to be on two different All-Decade teams.

We also have 4 members of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time team to Dallas's 3.

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Eagles come from behind to beat Cowboys

Philadelphia (AP)--Dick "Night Train" Lane had 2 picks and OJ Simpson scored 2 4th quarter touchdowns to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 30-17 win against the Dallas Cowboys.

The game was fairly even through the first quarter. Dallas opened the scoring on the opening drive as Jim Brown capped off a 13 play drive with a goal line plunge into the end zone. The first quarter saw the Cowboys offense move the ball very effectively, as Bradshaw went 8/10 passing, but they failed to score on their other two drives in the opening stanza: Mark Mosely would miss a 47 yard FG, while a key holding penalty on Johnathan Ogden would derail another drive. Ogden had his hands full with the Eagles' star rusher Deacon Jones the entire game.

The Eagles offense struggled early on, with a pair of three and out series. The Cowboys secondary kept tight coverage and the defensive line was responsible for deflecting a pair of passes to keep the Eagles from moving the ball. Philadelphia would get on the board early in the second after Brian Mitchell ran back a kick to the Dallas 27, setting up a Lou Groza FG.

On the ensuing Dallas possession though, Bradshaw would try to force a pass into Marvin Harrison but Lane would make the interception. Key first down conversions by Simpson would set up another Groza FG to cut the lead to 7-6.

Dallas would respond by punching in FG of their own, after an excellent catch and run by Andre Reed. After the teams exchanged punts, the Philadelphia two-minute drill would go to work. Graham would find Warfield for a 38 yard TD strike down the sidelines and the Eagles would enter the half up 13-10.

In the third, Dallas would strike back. On the opening possession, Graham would get sacked and lose the ball after a strong bull rush by Gino Marchetti. This would set up the second Dallas TD of the day when Bradshaw found Charlie Sanders from 7 yards out.

Late in the third, Philly would tack on a FG after a huge goal line stop by the Cowboys. The score would remain that way into the 4th. With 7 minutes left, the Cowboys moved the ball into the red zone facing a 3rd and 8 from the 15 yard line. However Lane would make a brilliant play on a ball intended for Harrison to thwart the Cowboys scoring drive. A few plays later, OJ Simpson would break off a 65 yard scamper to the end zone to give the Eagles the lead at 23-17.

The Eagles defense then responded with a huge three and out as Harrison was stopped short of the first down marker by Lane. As the Cowboys were forced to punt, the Eagles offense turned to their running game to wind the clock down, and Simpson and Kelly wore down Cowboys defense until Simpson could punch the ball into the end zone with just over 2 minutes left. The Cowboys would fail on 4th down on their last possession, sealing the win for Philadelphia.

The Eagles advance to the NFC Championship game, where they will play host to the San Francisco 49ers.

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