Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cowboys Fans Willing to Pay, Win or Lose

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cowboys Fans Willing to Pay, Win or Lose

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Byline: Vito Stellino

NFL Films recently followed the pregame routines of four fans from four different teams - the Cowboys, Giants, Raiders and Jaguars - who had similar seats in their home stadiums for a segment on "Inside the NFL.''

The Giants fan paid $150 for his tickets, the Jaguars fan $115 and the Raiders fan $85. The Cowboys fan paid $340.

For parking, the Giants and Jaguars fans paid $25 (Lot J), the Raiders fan $35 and the Cowboys fan $75.

Despite those prices, the broadcast said the Cowboys lead the league in average attendance with the Giants second, Jaguars 28th and Raiders 32nd.

The prices showed how good Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is at making money.

He can charge those prices because the Cowboys are living on their reputation. They've won one playoff game since 1997 and are one game above .500 since then.

They're 8-7 going into their prime-time showdown with the Eagles for the NFC East title Sunday night. If they lose, they'll finish .500 for the third consecutive year.

It no longer matters if the Cowboys win. They retain their mystique regardless. And they have the excuse that quarterback Tony Romo was hurt, not that he's noted for coming up big in big games.

The game Sunday night means more for the Eagles, first-year coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Nick Foles.

A victory would give Kelly a division title in his first year, showing he was able to make the transition from the college ranks to the NFL.

And Foles would cap a remarkable second year in which he recovered from a disaster in the first game against the Cowboys to establish himself as a rising star.

In the first game against the Cowboys, Foles threw for 80 yards in the first three quarters, completed 37.9 percent of his passes and went out with a concussion in the fourth quarter.

That showing raised doubts about whether Foles had the right stuff to be a top NFL quarterback. But in his first game back from the concussion, he threw seven touchdown passes against Oakland and never looked back.

In his seven starts since he returned, he averaged 286.6 passing yards and 2.7 touchdown passes a game and completed 67 percent of his passes. …

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