Cowboys Ground Eagles In Dominating 38-17 Win
The Cowboys continued their winning ways as they crushed the Eagles 38-17 in Philadelphia. It was only their 2nd win in 9 tries in Philly. It all started with the first snap of the game, and the Cowboys never looked back from there.
On the very first play from scrimmage, Marcus Spears and DeMarcus Ware sacked Donovan McNabb and forced a fumble that Bradie James recovered at the Eagles 37 to put Dallas in business right off the bat.
It wouldn’t take long for Romo to capitalize off the turnover. On the 6th play of the drive, Julius Jones ran a draw play right up the middle from 2 yards out to give the Cowboys an early 7-0 lead.
The Eagles responded immediately though. McNabb led the Eagles on an 8-play drive that ended in a 3-yard Brian Westbrook touchdown to tie the game up at 7. From there on out, it was all Dallas.
On the next Cowboys drive, Romo once again led his team down the field, Finding tight end Tony Curtis from a yard out to give the Dallas the lead back at 14-7, capping off a 9-play 72-yard drive.
Late in the 1st half while the Cowboys were once again threatening, Romo threw his only interception of the night to Lito Sheppard, however, McNabb returned the favor back as Ken Hamlin picked one off at the Philly 28. Three plays later Marion Barber III made a 5-yard TD run to make it 21-7 Dallas headed to halftime as the Lincoln Financial Field crowd was booing the Eagles off the field.
On the openiong drive of the 2nd half, Romo led the Cowboys down the field yet again, as the Eagles defense was rendered helpless. On the 4th play of the drive, Tony Romo drilled a 45-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens to make it 28-7 and the rout was on.
After the Eagles added a FG to cut the lead to 28-10, Dallas got it right back. Romo found Jason Witten in the right corner of the end zone for a 20-yard TD to make it 35-10 Cowboys. It was a very acrobatic catch, but was nothing compared to the next play that he would make. After Romo threw a strike to Witten, he got hammered and had his helmet knocked off, yet kept on going all the way down to the Eagles 6 yard line for 53 yards. His nose was even bleeding after the play. What a warrior! Dallas would tack on a field goal to make it 38-10, and then the Eagles would add a meaningless TD late to make the final score 38-17.
Tony Romo showed that he was worth every bit of his $67.5 million contract, completeing 20/25 passes for 324 yards with 3 TD’s and just 1 INT. He seems unstoppable no matter who he is facing these days.
Julius Jones carried the ball 13 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while Marion Barber III rushed 16 times for 56 yards with a TD. Each also caught 3 passes, Barber for 50 yards and Jones for 22.
Terrell Owens played a masterful game and was much better in his 2nd return to Philadelphia, catching 10 passes for 174 yards and a TD. Jason Witten had 3 receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. Tony Curtis’s only catch of the night was for just a yard but resulted in the 2nd touchdown of his career.
The defense accumulated 3 sacks on the night to go with 2 INT’s, one from Anthony Henry, who just came off of an ankle injury. The Dallas defense also forced 2 fumbles and recovered one of them.
Nick Folk converted all 5 extra-point attempts and also hit connected on his only field goal attempt, a 22 yarder.
Isaiah Stanback made his debut with the Cowboys tonight, returning kickoffs and doing a decent job.
It was a great dominating performance from the get-go tonight. The Cowboys will now travel to the Meadowlands to face the hot Giants next in a battle for 1st place in the NFC East. It will be huge in the standings and could determine who wins it. But for now let’s savor this win.
HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!