"I just got rolled up," Jackson said. "One of their linemen stepped on it."
The Eagles were inside the red zone, but Jackson's return didn't aid Foles, who couldn't pull the trigger on second and third downs and the offense settled for a field goal.
The Eagles faced fourth-and-1 at the Cowboys 42 with 14 seconds left before the half and Dallas up, 3-0. Kelly had a timeout remaining, but the coach who had a reputation for being among the most aggressive in college football elected to have Alex Henery attempt a 60-yard field goal.
Henery's career long is 51 yards and he missed three 40-plus attempts earlier this season. But Kelly said his kicker "hit it really well in warm-ups."
"I asked [special teams coach Dave Fipp] what he thought, and he thought he was hitting the ball extremely well," Kelly continued. "We had the wind at our back and that was a 3-0 ballgame."
Henery had the distance, it appeared, but was wide left. Asked why he didn't go for the first down, Kelly said, "If we didn't get the first down, we're not going to get the kick."
No Ware, no problem
The Cowboys' defensive line had been inconsistent in their first six games, but end DeMarcus Ware and tackle Jason Hatcher had kept things respectable. But Ware missed his first game in nine seasons with a quadriceps injury and the Eagles entered with the top-ranked rushing offense in the NFL.
Hatcher got consistent push against the middle of the Eagles offensive line - guards Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, and center Jason Kelce - and got into the backfield enough to disrupt Foles' rhythm. He was credited with one sack but had a number of hurries and the Eagles gained only 84 yards on the ground.
Maehl's questionable role
Jeff Maehl's place on this roster remains in question. He's only the fourth receiver, but the former Oregon Duck hasn't warranted the additional snaps he's been getting. The last two weeks Riley Cooper has more than 200 yards receiving, including Sunday (6 catches, 88 yards), the last two weeks. Maehl dropped two passes against the Cowboys. Neither was on the target, but an NFL receiver makes those grabs. . . . The Eagles had to burn a timeout in the first quarter when their punt team had too many men on the field. Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga looked like the guilty party as Kelly had some words for him as he walked off the field. . . . Linebacker Mychal Kendricks had a solid day, as did the rest of the defense, but he delivered another missed tackle in the open field when he took a bad angle on a short sideline pass. . . . Aside from a few late game receptions, Eagles tight ends were silent as receivers for most of the game. Again, it's difficult to fault the ball catchers when Foles was so poor, but Brent Celek should have more than one catch for nine yards.
Dez Bryant had been looking for the pass interference call throughout the game. A penalty flag finally came at an opportune time for the Cowboys. On a third quarter third-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Tony Romo threw a slant to Bryant that fell incomplete. Bryant couldn't catch it because Bradley Fletcher locked his arms. There was a late flag, and the pass interference gave the Cowboys a new set of downs at the 1. They scored one play later.
The Eagles got away with an earlier interception when Cary Williams appeared to drag Bryant to the ground on a third-down attempt.
Chip Kelly did something he's never done before in the NFL: he won a challenge. Kelly threw the red challenge flag after Romo connected with Miles Austin on a 6-yard completion on third-and-2 from the Cowboys 49 in the third quarter. Kelly thought the ball hit the ground, and the catch was overturned upon review. Kelly is now 1-for-4 this season in reviews. He uses the help of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who sees the replay in the booth.
3 is better than 4
If Matt Barkley's three interceptions weren't bad enough, he had another interception that was reversed. Barkley's second pass of the game was intercepted by Bruce Carter, although the play was nullified because the Cowboys were offside. Barkley might have known he had a free play, but he threw the ball as if he didn't see Carter. He threw his first recorded interception six plays later, and also had an interception at the end of the next two drives.
One of the bright spots for the Eagles was punter Donnie Jones. The veteran has dealt with an injury to his punting foot the past two weeks, but he continues to have strong performances. Jones had a net of 41.8 yards and only one touchback on nine punts. He effectively angled his punts to limit return space. His punts helped keep Dwayne Harris, the dangerous Cowboys returner, to just 4.6 yards per punt return.