Cowboys Fall Again

Donovan McNabb threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, as the Philadelphia Eagles won their eighth straight game and clinched a playoff spot en route to knocking off the Cowboys, 36-10.

McNabb hit his tailback, Brian Westbrook, who rambled 16 yards for the Eagles' first touchdown of the game late in the second half to take a 10-3. Later, he hit his other tailback, Duce Staley, for five yards, and again to WR L.J. Smith for six to count for 21 of Philadelphia's 36 points. He completed 19 of 35 passes on the day, and did not turn the ball over for the fifth time in the Eagles last six outings.

The Cowboys managed to answer McNabb's first score when QB Quincy Carter led them down field and found TE Dan Campbell on a three-yard touchdown pass to tie the game 10-10 at halftime.

But in the second half, the Eagles came out a clearly more dominant and focused football team. Carter was intercepted by cornerback Sheldon Brown on Dallas' first drive of the second half, which led to Staley's touchdown run, courtesy of a shovel pass from McNabb.

Philadelphia led 17-10 at that point before adding a safety on a bad snap from center Matt Lehr with 2:33 left in the third quarter. Afterwards, the Eagles put the game away on the ensuing kicking by marching 68 yards to take a 26-10 lead on the touchdown pass to Smith in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, a drive that was set up by a 20-yard completion to WR James Thrash.

David Akers tacked on a 21-yard field goal to make it 29-10, before tailback Correll Buckhalter went straight up the middle for 64 yards and an Eagles touchdown to make the final score 36-10.

Carter and the Dallas passing game struggled all throughout the afternoon, as the Cowboys QB threw for only 88 yards and was picked off twice in a losing effort. RB Troy Hambrick finally broke through with a nice game on the ground for the Cowboys, carrying the ball 17 times for a total of 76 yards, an average of 4.5 per carry.

NOTES: Next up for the Cowboys is a critical game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Cowboys beat the Redskins, 21-14, in their only other meeting this season back on November 2 at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys have won 11 of the last 12 meetings against the Redskins, dating back to 1997.

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