The Dallas Cowboys were incensed last year when Philadelphia linebacker Jessie Smalls hit placekicker Luis Zendejas during a kickoff. On Sunday, Philadelphia's Randall Cunningham hit teammate Calvin Williams and it hurt the Cowboys even more.
That's because what Cunningham hit Williams with was a 10-yard pass with 44 seconds remaining Sunday that gave the Eagles a critical 21-20 victory over the Cowboys."It was major gut-check time," Cunningham said after the Eagles averted what could have been a fatal blow to their playoff hopes. "It ranked right up there with some of our best wins."
"We would have been 2-5, and you can figure that out. It wouldn't have been real good," coach Buddy Ryan added.
The angry Cowboys were kicking trash cans in the locker room.
"It was as devastating a loss that Dallas has had," safety Bill Bates said. "If you are any kind of an optimist, you have to be believe this happened for a good reason."
Elsewhere, San Francisco and the New York Giants maintained the NFL's only unbeaten records (7-0), while Buffalo and Miami remained tied (6-1) atop the AFC East in the league's closest race.
The Los Angeles Rams are at Pittsburgh tonight, while Denver, the Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City and Seattle had byes.