Highs, lows of Wade Phillips era


Highs, lows of Wade Phillips era
By Richard Durrett – ESPN DALLAS

The top five and bottom five moments from Wade Phillips’ tenure as the Cowboys’ coach:


  1. Dallas defeats Philadelphia, 34-14, in the 2009 NFC wild-card game, Phillips’ first playoff victory of his career and the first Cowboys playoff win since 1996.
  2. The Cowboys defeat the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints, 24-17, on Dec. 19, 2009, ending what appeared to be another December swoon.
  3. Cowboys win Phillips’ regular-season opener, defeating the New York Giants, 45-35. It was the first of five straight wins as Cowboys coach for Phllips.

    Wade Phillips and Jerry Jones

    AP Photo/Eric GayWade Phillips’ reign as coach of the Dallas Cowboys ended Monday.
  4. Dallas beats Detroit, 28-27, on Dec. 9, 2007, to clinch the NFC East. The club was 12-1 at the time.
  5. A 24-0 win over Philadelphia at Cowboys Stadium in front of 100,621 is the club’s second straight shutout of 2009 and has team on roll headed into playoffs.


  1. Needing a win to secure a playoff appearance, the Cowboys are trounced by Philadelphia, 44-6, in the final game of the 2008 season. They fall to 9-7 and are out of the playoffs one season after going 13-3. The game comes one week after Dallas fell, 33-24, in the final game played at Texas Stadium in front of a sellout crowd and a gaggle of legendary Cowboys.
  2. After a first-round bye, the favored Cowboys lose to the Giants, 21-17, in the NFC divisional playoffs in the 2007 season. A 13-3 record turns into playoff disappointment.
  3. Despite all the excitement of the opening of Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 20, 2009, Dallas loses, 33-31, to the Giants in front of a record crowd of 105,121.
  4. In a 2010 season full of disappointing moments, Phillips watches as his team plays poorly in a 45-7 loss to Green Bay that drops them to 1-7.
  5. A Super Bowl favorite to start the season, the Cowboys desperately need a home win against the Giants. Instead, they lose 41-35 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated to fall to 1-5. Quarterback Tony Romo fractures his left collarbone and could miss the remainder of the season.

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