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The Top 10 Moments of the 2009 NFL Season: #9

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It’s that time again. Time to recap the moments that made the 2009 NFL season…Onto #9.

9. Dallas ends the streak and wins a playoff game.

Many wondered if Dallas would ever get over their playoff woes with Tony Romo and Wade Phillips as the face of one of America’s most well-known sports franchises.

After enduring the usual beginning December woes by dropping two games to the Chargers and Giants, Dallas face the ominous prospect of facing the 13-0 New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys stunned the eventual Super Bowl champs 24-17 in the Superdome and kept their playoff hopes alive.

Back to back shutouts over Washington and Philly gave Dallas the NFC East title and a berth in the playoffs. However, in order to get into round two, Dallas needed to beat the same team they abused in Week 17 to the tune of 24-0…the Philadelphia Eagles.

Under Andy Reid, the Eagles had never lost their opening playoff game. Yet, the Cowboys came ready to play once more in the wild card round. In front of 92,951 fans, the Cowboys humbled Philly for the second week in a row, 34-14.

Riding the coattails of running back Felix Jones, who carried the ball 16 times for 148 yards, the Cowboys held the ball for nearly 40 minutes. Even Romo got in on the act by throwing for 244 yards and playing error free football.

Dallas’ postseason victory marked its first since December 28, 1996, when Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin ruled the roost in Big D.

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