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Big plays, field position doom Eagles

All season, it had been the Eagles' offense putting points on the board quickly with big play after big play.

Big plays, field position doom Eagles

All season, it had been the Eagles' offense putting points on the board quickly with big play after big play.

Sunday night, it was the Cowboys.

Dallas capitalized on Eagles turnovers and did just enough to beat the Birds, 20-16, and take control of the NFC East.

The Cowboys are now 6-2, while the Eagles fell to 5-3.

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Game stats

Dallas' first touchdown was set up by a Donovan McNabb interception in the first quarter. It appeared that McNabb's pass hit Jeremy Maclin in the helmet, and Dallas came up with the early turnover. The Cowboys had to go just 37 yards as Tashard Choice found the end zone from 2 yards out.

Just before halftime, Romo hit Patrick Crayton for 64 yards, setting up a field goal, which gave Dallas a 10-6 lead.

In the fourth, a McNabb interception and a Maclin facemask gave the Cowboys possession at the Eagles' 42-yard line. Another short field for Romo and company. The Cowboys settled for a field goal on the ensuing drive.

And finally, the game-winner. The Eagles had bottled up Miles Austin for much of the game, but the Cowboys' break-out receiver beat Sheldon Brown for a 49-yard bomb in the fourth, putting Dallas up, 20-13.

The Birds travel to San Diego next week to face the Chargers and are on the road for four of their next five.

They had the chance to capture the city's attention after the Phillies' season ended last week, but instead leave the fans scratching their heads.

Sheil Kapadia Philly.com
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