2018-01-02 The game that didn't matter

I thought it would be an important game. I thought it would be the determining factor as to whether or not the Eagles advanced to the play-offs. I thought it would be one of the most sought after assignments of the NFL season for Philadelphia. I was wrong. Since the Eagles secured their position in the post season and had locked up home field advantage with a win on Christmas, their final game against their arch enemy the Dallas Cowboys amounted to pretty much nothing. The Eagles back up (currently starting) quarterback was played for only one quarter in an effort to gain a bit more field time, but with preservation of quality players being the main focus for the team, why risk anything to gain absolutely nothing. As for the Cowboys, their season ending game was just another notch in the win column, a hashtag in the history books. Even the fans knew it was a forgettable game. In the frigid 3 degree weather, many of them had left by half time. Fortunately there was a photo opportunity or two for me.

 PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) reaches for the pass during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) reaches for the pass during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire

 PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins (26) knocks Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) into the air during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jaylen Watkins (26) knocks Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) into the air during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 31, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire) © Icon Sportswire