Final

Cowboys 38

(4-5, 3-3 away)

Eagles 23

(3-6, 2-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:25 PM ET, November 11, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 7 3 7 2138
PHI 7 0 10 623

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (PHI) - 219 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. McCoy (PHI) - 16 CAR, 82 YDS

Receiving: J. Maclin (PHI) - 8 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Cowboys capitalize on turnovers as Eagles lose Michael Vick

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes that kept Dallas even through three quarters. Then the Cowboys let their defense and special teams run wild in the end zone to win big and pump some life back into the NFC East race.

Dwayne Harris had a 78-yard punt return TD, and Brandon Carr returned an interception 47 yards for a score to lead the Cowboys to a 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The Cowboys (4-5) and are second in the NFC East, 1 1/2 games behind the New York Giants, who lost to Cincinnati earlier Sunday.

The win, and a break in the schedule, could propel the Cowboys back in the thick of the division race. They will play five of their next six games at home, starting Sunday against Cleveland.

"Don't use words like desperate," Romo said. "The importance was at its highest level. I don't know if we are thinking anything more than we need another win."

The latest game between these fierce rivals was more about salvaging a season than playing with something big on the line.

The Eagles (3-6) lost Michael Vick to a concussion after consecutive bruising hits in the second quarter and have lost five straight games under coach Andy Reid for the first time in his 14 seasons.

Rookie Nick Foles filled in for Vick and briefly rallied the Eagles until the Cowboys started showing some touchdown versatility. Romo hit Dez Bryant on a 30-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter, and Harris and Carr scored their TDs in the fourth quarter.

The loss could speed up the countdown clock on Vick's and Reid's time in Philadelphia.

Foles hit the field in the second quarter and was greeted by a loud ovation from a crowd that had become fed up with Vick's erratic play.

Vick was knocked on his back by linebacker Ernie Sims on an incomplete pass and was slow to get up. He headed for the locker room and Foles started warming up. Vick, however, may have been injured on the previous play when he was driven from behind headfirst into the ground by Jay Ratliff.

Vick did not talk to reporters but appeared groggy in the locker room.

It might be too late for the Eagles, no matter who the quarterback is, to save their season.

Reid said he'd determine the starter for Sunday's game at Washington based on Vick's health

"I was hoping he'd make it through without having a concussion, but that's where we sit right now with him," Reid said.

Foles, a fan favorite without ever throwing a regular-season pass, looked like an instant hit and woke up a sleepy crowd in the third quarter when he hit Jeremy Maclin for a 44-yard TD and a 14-10 lead. Alex Henery's 40-yard field goal made it 17-10.

Foles was rolling, the Eagles were scoring, and the good times were back at Lincoln Financial Field.

But in a season unraveling with each bumbling defeat, the Eagles were knocked down to reality.

Romo, who finished 19 of 26 for 209 yards, tied it with that TD pass to Bryant.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett had insisted the Cowboys weren't desperate after losing four of five. And they were dominant in the fourth period. The Cowboys need to keep playing like they did late on Sunday for a shot at catching the Giants.

Owner Jerry Jones refused to call the win a season saver.

"I don't want to do that," he said. "You can, but I don't want to do it. I know how important the game is to us."

Early in the final quarter, Foles had an interception return for a touchdown wiped out on a holding penalty. No worries, Dallas. Harris returned a punt 78 yards for a 24-17 lead that silenced the crowd.

On the next drive, Foles had an interception returned for a score that counted, by Carr, returned 47 yards for a 31-17 lead.

That was it for the fans in green, who fled for the exits. Stanley Havili had a 1-yard TD run with 1:55 left, but Henery missed the extra point.

Then Foles fumbled after sacked and Mike Jenkins recovered for a touchdown.

"Critical win for us," Garrett said. "I thought the effort was there. I thought we were focused the whole game. When you have success, you have to play through it, you have adversity, you have to play through it, and today was a good example of that."

In the final minutes, fans behind Dallas' bench unrolled a banner that read, "Andy, Quit, Your Team Has!"

Foles was 22 of 32 for 209 yards and one touchdown.

"Not good enough to win," Foles said. "I made some mistakes and I can't turn the ball over. That's the most important thing to win games."

Vick, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback, has struggled this season and entered with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

He looked like his old self on the first drive, finishing it by connecting with Riley Cooper for a 2-yard TD. Cooper's sensational one-handed grab on a fade route gave the Eagles their first points on their opening drive all season.

The fun was short-lived when Romo hit Felix Jones on an 11-yard TD pass. Dan Bailey kicked a 30-yard field goal to send the Cowboys into halftime with a 10-7 lead.

Game notes


Foles was the first Eagles rookie QB to throw a TD pass since AJ Feely in 2001. Brian Westbrook, a running back, threw one in 2002. ... The Eagles had won six straight division games, including a sweep of the Cowboys. ... Eagles WR Jason Avant left with a hamstring injury. ... Sims started 15 games for the Eagles in 2010 and had two sacks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
PHI
1st Downs1423
Passing 1st downs
814
Rushing 1st downs
53
1st downs from Penalties
16
3rd down efficiency
5-131-10
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays5466
Total Yards294369
Yards per play5.45.6
Total Drives1214
Passing193278
Comp - Att
19-2628-41
Yards per pass
7.46.8
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-162-11
Rushing10191
Rushing Attempts
2523
Yards per rush
4.04.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-3
Penalties13-756-50
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs30
Possession27:5832:02

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo19/262098.0203-16
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Foles22/322196.8112-11
Vick6/9707.8100-0

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones16714.4015
Dunbar6203.305
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy16825.1023
Vick372.304

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Bryant38729.01495
Witten8475.901510
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Maclin89311.614412
Jackson56212.40318

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDALPHI
phiTD09:53Riley Cooper 2 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick) 07
dalTD02:13Felix Jones 11 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Dan Bailey Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERDALPHI
dalFG03:50Dan Bailey 30 Yd 107
THIRD QUARTERDALPHI
phiTD12:52Jeremy Maclin 44 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick) 1014
phiFG04:32Alex Henery 40 Yd 1017
dalTD00:00Dez Bryant 30 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Dan Bailey Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERDALPHI
dalTD13:35Dwayne Harris 78 Yd Punt Return (Dan Bailey Kick) 2417
dalTD12:25Brandon Carr 47 Yd Interception Return (Dan Bailey Kick) 3117
phiTD01:55Stanley Havili 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 3123
dalTD00:46Jason Hatcher 0 Yd Fumble Return (Dan Bailey Kick) 3823

Research Notes

From Elias: Tony Romo beat the Eagles on the road today to improve to 20-and-3 in his career in November, best of any month in his career. That's the good news, the bad news is that Romo is not nearly as good in the all important months of December and January, where he's exactly 500 POINTS below his November bench mark.
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Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne was whistled for five penalties (2 offsides, 2 holding, 1 pass interference), including one that negated an interception on the first play of the fourth quarter when the game was tied. Claiborne was the second cornerback to commit five penalties in a single game since 2001 (Fred Smoot, 2005), and teams with a cornerback to commit at least four penalties are 8-12.
Tony Romo went 16-of-20 against four or fewer pass rushers Sunday after going 17-of-32 against such pressure last season against the Eagles. Romo completed all 12 attempts against four or fewer rushers Sunday with the Cowboys trailing, including both of his touchdowns.
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Michael Vick left Sunday's game with a concussion. Vick has played all 9 of the Eagles games this season and thus far has not missed any complete games.
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