The Dallas Cowboys got off to their first 2-0 start since 2008 with a 20-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
However, it came with a price as quarterback Tony Romo left the game with 9:54 in the
third quarter with a fractured left collarbone. He was injured on an eight-yard strip-sack
by linebacker Jordan Hicks when he fell on his left shoulder. Romo finished the game going
18/27 for 195 yards.
Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, who downplayed his first game against the franchise he
led the league in rushing with last season, had 13 carries for two yards, though he was
much more effective in the passing game with five catches for 53 yards.
The Dallas defense redeemed themselves from a zero-takeaway performance last week with
three on the afternoon. A blocked punt by safety Danny McCray offered linebacker Kyle
Wilber the chance to scoop up the loose football for a 26-yard touchdown. Linebacker Sean
Lee picked off a Sam Bradford pass intended for tight end Zach Ertz. Defensive tackle Nick
Hayden recovered a mishandled shotgun snap to Bradford immediately after the Cowboys tight
end Gavin Escobar had fumbled a catch to give the Eagles possession to start the drive.
Safety J.J. Wilcox also managed to intercept Bradford, who finished the afternoon going
23/37 for 224 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a 65.6 passer rating.
Lee led all Dallas defenders with 9 tackles. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens was the only
Cowboys defender to record a sack.
Receiver Terrance Williams filled in nicely for the injured Dez Bryant, catching four
passes for 84 yards, including a game-sealing 42-yard catch on third-and-11. Tight end
Jason Witten had a team-high seven catches for 56 yards, and backup running back Lance
Dunbar caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 38-yard reception.
Penalties also marred the victory as the Cowboys committed a franchise-record 18 penalties
for 142 yards. The Eagles by comparison had eight penalties for 60 yards.
Dallas broke open the game with a 20-yard Dan Bailey field goal to take a 3-0 lead with
1:42 left in the first quarter. The rest of the second quarter would be scoreless and
yardless for both teams as the Cowboys added another 28-yard Bailey field goal with two
seconds left until halftime to take a 6-0 lead.
Coming out of the halftime break, McCray blocked a Philadelphia punt that Wilber recovered
to help Dallas take a 13-0 lead with 12:44 to go in the third quarter.
The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard with 14:21 thanks to a 46-yard Cody Parkey field
goal to cut the Dallas lead to 13-3. The Eagles were added by an unsportsmanlike conduct
penalty on Bailey when he scuffled with Murray out of bounds on the Cowboys sideline.
With 4:20 to go in the game, backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, who finished going 7/7 for
73 yards, a touchdown, and a 149.7 passer rating, hit Williams for a 42-yard touchdown to
increase the Cowboys lead to 20-3.
The Eagles found the end zone when Bradford threw a six-yard touchdown pass to receiver
Jordan Matthews with 1:26 to go in the game to make it 20-10. Philadelphia failed to
recover the onside kick, and Dallas ran out the clock to go 2-0 on the season and sit atop
the NFC East as the Eagles fall to the bottom of the division at 0-2 with the New York
FIVE FAST FACTS
* Romo has now been knocked out against every NFC East opponent.
* The Cowboys are now 7-2 with Jason Garrett on the coaching staff in some capacity against the Eagles, blue jerseys or not (2-0 now).
* Lance Dunbar's 38-yard reception was actually the second-longest such reception in his career.
* The Cowboys blocked punt for a touchdown was their first one since Sept. 13, 1992 when defensive back Robert Williams returned a blocked punt back at the New York Giants.
* Anthony Hitchens notched his first career sack.
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