The Philadelphia Eagles played a game with a playoff feel.
It was a home game, but with the potential for a second home game the next weekend.
The Eagles’ players were eager to see if the team would pull off another comeback win and get the game in front of its fans again.
They went from 1-6 in the regular season to 4-0 in the playoffs.
They had a huge lead in the third quarter when they scored on a 21-yard field goal by Evan Engram to make it 31-21.
They were up 28-20 with 8:19 left in the second half.
The win put the Eagles at 4-1.
The Cowboys came in with a 6-1 record and had won seven of their previous eight games.
This was the second time Dallas had lost the first game of a playoff series.
They lost the last time the Eagles were there.
The second game was in Dallas.
The third was in Philadelphia.
The fourth game was at the Meadowlands.
The final game was Sunday in San Francisco.
“We were trying to get the win and the win in San Jose and we didn’t get it,” said kicker Dan Bailey.
“It was just a gut punch for the team.”
Bailey, who had two field goals blocked, said the players were excited for a rematch.
“I’m not surprised at all,” Bailey said.
“The guys were real excited to get this win, so it’s great to be able to play this game again.”
The Eagles trailed by five points at halftime and then scored the final 14 points of the third period to go up 24-17.
It’s the first time in Eagles history they’ve won three straight games.
They scored 17 unanswered points to go ahead 27-24 on Jason Kelce’s 34-yard touchdown run with 1:33 left.
The Giants led 31-23 with 7:24 left in regulation.
The only time the teams played in overtime was in the 2003 playoffs.
It didn’t go well.
Philadelphia ran for just 43 yards and had no timeouts.
“They made some big plays in the run game,” Bailey added.
“But I think we just didn’t execute and we were pretty frustrated.”
The Cowboys made their way to midfield for the winning field goal, and Bailey completed all eight of his passes for a team-high 159 yards.
The game was tied 14-all when Kelce made a 22-yard score on a 2-yard pass to Jamison Crowder with 1 minute, 4 seconds left.
“That was a big play and the guys were doing a good job of it,” Bailey noted.
“Jamison had some big catches.
I think it was just the way the game was going.”
The Giants made it a two-score game after one of their two turnovers.
“This was one of those games where we did something we shouldn’t do,” Bailey concluded.
The result kept the Eagles alive.
The teams meet again in the NFC championship game on Sunday.
“Every game has ups and downs and ups and ups,” Bailey observed.
“A lot of it is just trying to keep your composure and stay focused on what you have to do.”