The Dallas Cowboys came into their final game of the 2013 NFL season knowing that they needed to beat their division rival Philadelphia Eagles in order to make the playoffs. They also knew they had to do it with a backup quarterback in Kyle Orton. Unfortunately, a Kyle Orton interception on the Cowboys' final drive helped the Eagles beat the Cowboys, 24-22, ending the Dallas Cowboys season.
Orton did throw two interceptions in the game but played great for someone who had not thrown a pass since the preseason. He finished the game completing 30 of 46 of his passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. While he will remain remembered for that final interception, he played well in the game, completing some clutch passes that kept Dallas in the game.
Jason Witten was his favorite target, grabbing 12 balls for 135 yards. Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 99 yards and a spectacular touchdown on a fourth down play that put Dallas within two of the Eagles. However, Dallas failed in their two-point conversion when Orton looked away from Witten and threw an incompletion.
Thanks to the win, the Philadelphia Eagles head to the playoffs to battle the New Orleans Saints while the Kyle Orton interception means the Cowboys will head home for the third straight season. Questions will now start to surface about the Cowboys' coaching staff, some of which will definitely not be back next year.
It was a tough end to the season and that Kyle Orton interception will be the memory that Dallas Cowboys' fans retain until the 2014 NFL season kicks off in eight long months.