The Dallas Cowboys are all alone atop the NFC East, after defeating the Eagles in Philly on Sunday afternoon, 17-3.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey provided the only scoring of the first half, with a 38-yard field goal late in the second quarter. That gave Dallas the 3-0 lead, and that was it as far as scoring went in the first half.
Dallas finally found the end zone on the opening drive of the second half, going 66 yards in 10 plays. Reserve running back Phillip Tanner capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, his first of the year, to extend the Dallas lead to 10-0.
The Eagles didn’t respond until the opening of the fourth quarter, and even then, it came in the way of a 31-yard Alex Henery field goal to make it 10-3--a big stop for the Dallas defense, considering the Eagles started in Dallas territory after Romo’s second interception of the day.
It wasn’t a one-possession game for long, though. The Cowboys came back with a 72-yard drive, capped with a nine-yard touchdown from Tony Romo to Terrance Williams.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was knocked out of the game with concussion-like symptoms in the fourth quarter and was replaced by rookie Matt Barkley. Barkley proceeded to throw three interceptions, the last one going into the hands of Brandon Carr in the end zone with less than a minute left to effectively end it.
Romo finished 28 of 47 passing for 317 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. His counterpart, Foles, went 11 0f 29 for 80 yards. Barkley went 11 for 20 for 129 yards, but was doomed by the three picks.
In the absence of DeMarco Murray, who was held out with that sprained left knee, rookie Joseph Randle had 65 yards on 19 carries, as well as 28 yards receiving.
Dez Bryant led the Cowboys in receiving, with a relatively quiet 110 yards on eight catches.
Meanwhile on the other side of the ball, Monte Kiffin’s defense had a great day, especially considering they were without DeMarcus Ware. The unit finished with three sacks and three interceptions, and held the high-powered Philly offense to just three points and 287 yards of offense.
At 4-3, Dallas will travel to Detroit to face the Lions next week.
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