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Cowboys Overcome Mistakes To Beat Eagles 41-37 Monday Night

These two teams have played more meaningful games such as playoff or divisional title games, but it will be hard for them to top last night’s game in terms of sheer entertainment. Mix in some terrible plays with some fabulous highlight ones and the Cowboys came out on top at home on Monday Night Football 41-37.

The Eagles offense was just short of too much for the Cowboys’ defense to handle as they marched down the field on their first two drives but Dallas would hold them to just two David Akers’ field goals both times. Meanwhile, Tony Romo hit a streaking Terrell Owens on the Cowboys’ first possession for a quick touchdown to get the first of many lead changes at 7-3.

After the Philly drive for the second field goal cut the lead to 7-6, rookie RB Felix Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 98-yards to pay dirt for Dallas’ first kick return for a TD since 2003! Unfortunately, the Eagles responded with a good drive of their own with the help of some costly Dallas penalties, including a terrible pass interference call to score their first touchdown on a 1-yard Brian Westbrook dive to get the score to 14-13.

On the next kickoff, inexplicably returned by Isaiah Stanback, the Cowboys get pinned at their own 2-yard line setting up an absolutely horrible turnover by Romo in the end zone that’s recovered by the Eagles for a touchdown. First Romo fumbles the handoff exchange to Marion Barber, manages to pick up the ball only to drop it again as he tries to throw it. Now the Eagles are in the lead at 20-14. As the announcers said during the game, Philly was able to put up 14 points in only 14 seconds!

After both McNabb and Romo led their teams on successive touchdown drives, Dallas’ capped by a 2-yard touchdown toss to Terrell Owens for his second and a 6-yard TD reception by Brian Westbrook for the Eagles, it was 30-21 Eagles on top with just 18 seconds left until halftime.

Enter Romo and Jason Witten, who hook up on two quick passes, one for 42-yards to the Eagles 33-yard line and Nick Folk is true on the 51-yarder to get the score to 30-24.

The second half was no less of an offensive display than the first was as McNabb and Romo took turns leading their teams up and down the field. But the Cowboys managed to put the final touchdown on the scoreboard when MBIII scored on a 1-yard run with only four minutes left in the game to give Dallas the last and final lead of the game. Barber also caught a TD pass from Romo that cut the Eagles lead to 37-31.

The stats in this one are something for the record books for both teams, but Tony Romo finally got a big monkey off of his back by beating the Eagles for a change and putting up great numbers while doing it. He finished 21-of-30 for 312-yards and 3 TD’s with one interception. Jason Witten led all receivers with 7 receptions for 110 yards. T.O. moved into second place in the NFL with 132 TD catches and caught a record 72-yard TD pass in the first quarter.

The defense came alive much as Barber and Witten in the second half managing to hold the Eagles to only one scoring drive and closing out the game by sacking McNabb twice on the final drive.

Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams broke his right forearm early in the game and was replaced by Pat Watkins for most of the game. He will be out 3-4 weeks with the injury.

Penalties and turnovers in the first half by the Cowboys made the game much more dramatic than it might have been, but these two teams always make it exciting when they play.

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