The Eagles, who had just 24 takeways in their first 15 games, forced five Cowboys turnovers and converted them into 27 points. Two of them were returned for third-quarter touchdowns by defensive end Chris Clemons and cornerback Joselio Hanson, which put away the Cowboys.
The Eagles posted 29 total takeaways in 2008 vs. just 19 in 2007. It was the second-best improvement in the NFL (Baltimore had 34 this year after posting just 23 a year ago)
The last time the Eagles recorded that many takeaways in a game was on Oct. 8, 2006 vs. Dallas.
The amazing Brian Dawkins forced both of the Cowboys’ third-quarter fumbles that were returned for TDs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in NFL history that a team had two fumble return touchdowns of 70-or-more yards in the same quarter. The Eagles were also the last team in the NFL to have two in the same game, when they did so on Sept. 25, 1938 vs. the Giants (Joe Carter – 92 yards; Bob Pylman – 88 yards). The last time the Eagles had two fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns in the same game was on Nov. 24, 1991 at Phoenix (Seth Joyner and Clyde Simmons)