NFL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Dallas|
(Sunday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Dallas 38, Philadelphia 33
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns,
including the go-ahead, 6-yard score to Dez Bryant late in the fourth quarter,
to lead the Dallas Cowboys past the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-33, on Sunday
Romo completed 22-of-27 passes for 303 yards and three scores to give him 168
passing touchdowns in his career and make him the Cowboys' all-time leader in
passing TDs. Troy Aikman previously held the record with 165.
"Tony's certainly been a real productive quarterback for us. There is no doubt
about that," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said about Romo setting the franchise
Bryant finished with 98 yards and two scores on six receptions, while DeMarco
Murray returned from a six-game absence and racked up 83 yards and a touchdown
on 23 carries for Dallas (6-6).
Jason Witten had a game-high 108 yards on six catches in the Cowboys' third
win in four games.
Nick Foles went 22-for-34 through the air for 251 yards and a touchdown in his
third consecutive start for Philadelphia (3-9) in place of an injured Michael
Bryce Brown followed his impressive debut with another big game, recording 169
yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries, but lost a costly fumble late in
the fourth quarter as the Eagles dropped their eighth straight game for the
first time since opening the 1968 campaign at 0-11.
Dallas trailed, 17-10, at the half, but received the ball to start the third
quarter and drove 80 yards in seven plays to tie the game.
Murray converted a 3rd-and-1 at the Cowboys 42 by bouncing a run out to the
right for a 27-yard gain before Romo bought some time in the pocket and threw
a short pass out to Bryant, who evaded several defenders en route to a 23-yard
But the Eagles quickly regained the lead with an 11-play, 80-yard trek that
included a run of 17 yards by Brown and an 11-yard tote by Dion Lewis prior to
Riley Cooper's one-handed grab around a defender in the right side of the end
zone for a 15-yard score with 5:27 left in the third quarter.
The Cowboys opted to go for a 4th-and-inches at the Philadelphia 39 on the
ensuing drive and Murray was initially ruled to be stopped for no gain to turn
the ball over on downs, but Dallas challenged the spot and was awarded the
first down on the review.
Romo took advantage of the continued drive three plays later, capping the
12-play, 80-yard march by finding Miles Austin over the middle and the
receiver raced 27 yards for a touchdown to knot the game at 24-24 with 13:41
remaining in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia kept the back-and-forth affair alive on its next touch with a
43-yard field goal by Alex Henery, but Dallas again responded with a touchdown
to take its first lead of the game.
Faced with a 3rd-and-2 deep inside his own territory, Romo dropped back and
pump-faked before lofting a 35-yard yard bomb down the right sideline to
Two plays after a 36-yard reception by Witten moved the ball down to the
Philadelphia 4-yard line, Bryant grabbed a short pass to the right and bulled
past cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie into the end zone for a 31-27 edge
with 5:35 remaining.
Foles converted a 3rd-and-8 with a 19-yard strike to Jason Avant on the
ensuing drive to keep Philadelphia's hopes of a go-ahead score alive.
But two plays later, Brown, who lost two fumbles in his first career start
last Monday, had the ball punched loose during a short run and Dallas' Morris
Claiborne took the recovery 50 yards for a touchdown to add some cushion.
"He's got to keep it high and tight. When you're in that fourth quarter and
you've been grinding and you're tired, you have got to focus on that," Eagles
coach Andy Reid said about Brown's fumbling. "Until you answer it, the other
team is going to be going for the football."
It would be needed as Damaris Johnson fielded a punt at his 2-yard line and
returned it 98 yards for a score to bring Philadelphia within 38-33 with 31
seconds left after Foles could not connect with Avant during a two-point
Witten, though, spoiled the comeback attempt when he recovered an onside kick
to seal the victory for Dallas.
Early on, Philadelphia took over on offense at its own 34-yard line after the
teams traded punts over the first two possessions of the contest, and Brown
ripped off a 24-yard rush on the first play of the drive.
Foles then hit Brent Celek and Johnson for double-digit gains before Brown
capped the 5-play march with a 10-yard touchdown run off the left end with
5:38 left in the first quarter.
Dallas answered with a 15-play, 59-yard trek that ate up over seven minutes of
clock and included a pair of third-down conversions, but the Cowboys could not
push the ball into the end zone and were forced to settle for Dan Bailey's 39-
yard field goal less than two minutes into the second quarter.
After the teams exchanged punts, the Eagles regained the ball at their own 27
and Brown again carried the load, recording a 39-yard run on the second play
of the drive before Jeremy Maclin's 21-yard reception set up Brown's 5-yard
touchdown up the middle for a 14-3 lead with 6:07 remaining in the half.
The Cowboys again responded with a lengthy drive to cut into their deficit as
Romo found Witten for gains of 15, 13 and 28 yards before Murray finished off
the 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard rumble across the goal line within
the final minute of the second quarter.
Brown's 20-yard run and a 29-yard grab by Avant then set up Henery's 43-yard
field goal as time expired in the half to give the Eagles a 17-10 advantage at
The Cowboys improved to 8-0 when Murray has at least 18 rushing attempts ...
Bryant has caught a touchdown pass in four straight games ... Dallas leads the
all-time series between the teams, 58-46 ... Philadelphia outgained Dallas,
423-417 ... Avant led all Eagles receivers with 79 yards on four receptions.
12/03 01:32:58 ET