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PHILADELPHIA — It’s a fitting tribute to the Philadelphia Eagles‘ dysfunctional 2020 NFL season that just when a giant window of opportunity opened, they slammed it shut right on their fingers.
With the Washington Football Team unable to take care of business against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, an Eagles win against the Dallas Cowboys would have set up a Week 17 showdown between Philadelphia and Washington for the NFC East crown.
Instead, the Eagles stumbled on defense and fell to Dallas 37-17. As a result, the Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs, and they will miss the postseason for the first time in four seasons.
Down centerpiece defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and multiple members of their secondary, the Eagles were burned for over 500 yards and four touchdowns.
Cox exited in the first half with a stinger and did not return. He had missed practice all week with a lingering neck injury. Philadelphia’s defensive line was already missing edge rushers Derek Barnett and Josh