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:
- 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.
- The Cowboys defeat the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints, 24-17, on Dec. 19, 2009, ending what appeared to be another December swoon.
- 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.
AP Photo/Eric GayWade Phillips’ reign as coach of the Dallas Cowboys ended Monday.
- Dallas beats Detroit, 28-27, on Dec. 9, 2007, to clinch the NFC East. The club was 12-1 at the time.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.