PHILADELPHIA — Frigid temperatures, a lack of excitement and New Year's Eve plans kept a lot of Eagles fans away from Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday's regular-season finale against Dallas.
Those who did attend probably weren't too happy.
The Eagles' offense struggled for the second straight game in a 6-0 loss to the Cowboys on an afternoon in which the temperature was well below freezing.
"I'm not concerned about the offense," coach Doug Pederson said. "I've still got a lot of confidence in those guys."
To be fair, Pederson rested running back Jay Ajayi and limited quarterback Nick Foles, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and other key players to cameo appearances. But they didn't show much when they were playing.
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Nate Sudfeld made the most of his opportunity Sunday.
Foles struggled for the second straight game, completing 4 of 11 passes for 39 yards with an interception.
But his supporting cast didn't help, especially wide receiver Torrey Smith, who dropped an easy pass on the opening series.
"That's part of the game," Foles said. "There are times when I have to make throws, and there are times when we have to make the catches. But drops and errant passes are going to happen. It's how you come back from them. We have the guys to do it, so I'm not worried."
Foles and company got off to an encouraging start against the Cowboys.
He completed passes to Jeffery, wide receiver Nelson Agholor and tight end Zach Ertz on the first series. But the drive stalled at the Cowboys' 39-yard line.
"I thought Nick played well," Ertz said. "We moved the ball on that first series, and I think the chemistry is starting to show up with him. I don't think any of the guys on offense are questioning him. We're excited for the playoffs to start."
PHILADELPHIA — Sometimes it takes a while for Atlantic City slot machines to pay off.
For the Eagles (13-3), the playoffs start in two weeks.
They are the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have home-field advantage throughout. After a bye in the first round next weekend, they will host a divisional round game on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4:35 p.m. against Atlanta, Carolina or New Orleans.
How far they go, however, is up in the air.
Foles played well in his first game as Carson Wentz's replacement, throwing four touchdown passes in a 34-29 victory over the New York Giants. But he struggled in a 19-10 loss to Oakland last week and was inconsistent again against the Cowboys, making several poorly thrown passes.
"We haven't done what we've wanted to do for the last two weeks," Foles said. "But there's a lot ot build on, and I'm confident we'll do that. Preparation builds confidence and by the time the playoffs come, we'll be ready to roll.
"I'm excited to play whatever team we face. I say that because I've played a lot of football. I know who I am as a player, and I know what we are as a team. I know what we're capable of doing and that's great things."