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December 30, 2013

Kyle Orton bemoans the offense's missed opportunities

Kyle Orton played well in relief of Tony Romo, but it wasn't good enough. His interception with 1:43 remaining ended the Cowboys' comeback hopes.

"Everybody puts in a lot throughout the season, and this is my chance to contribute, and I had a chance down two [points] with two minutes to go," Orton said. "I'm expected to make good plays, and Miles [Austin] ran a good route, and I expect to make that throw."

With Romo watching from home after undergoing back surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc, Orton gave the Cowboys a chance. He completed 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

“I thought Kyle played really well in this ball game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “There were a couple of plays in the game he would love to have back, but I thought he did a heck of a job. He had a great week of practice. He was prepared. He was confident. The guys responded to him. He made a ton of big plays in this game over and over again. He made some great decisions.

“At the end of it, he gave us a great chance to win the game.”

'The Cowboys had 12 drives, with two red-zone opportunities. They scored a touchdown on one of the red-zone opportunities but settled for a field goal on the other.

Settling for field goals proved their undoing as they had to kick field goals after reaching the Philadelphia 26, 25 and 18.

“We really missed a few opportunities throughout the game, two interceptions, three turnovers and kicked some field goals when we had opportunities to go down and score touchdowns,” Orton said. “So we moved the ball pretty well but didn’t cash in when we needed to."

The Cowboys had 417 yards, 51 more than the Eagles had, but they still left the stadium with their season behind them.

"It's frustrating when your season's done, no matter when it is," Orton said. "When your season's done, it's frustrating. You put a lot into it, and it's disheartening that's the way to go out."

-- Charean Williams

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