The Dallas Cowboys fall to 3-6 on the year following a tough Monday night loss to Philadelphia. <BR>

Terrell Owens and the Philadelphia Eagles bounced back from their first loss in impressive fashion.

Owens caught three touchdown passes and Donovan McNabb recorded his fourth 300-yard game of the season as the Eagles rolled to a 49-21 triumph over the struggling Dallas Cowboys.

After storming out of the gates with seven straight wins, the Eagles ran into the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers last week and dropped a 27-3 decision. Philadelphia (8-1) took out its frustration on Dallas in this one as Owens notched his second three-TD game and sixth 100-yard game of the year after being held to 53 yards on seven receptions vs. Pittsburgh.

"I just wanted to come help the offense so we could get the loss off our chest," Owens said. "We knew we had a tough game last week."

"It was a nice character win for our team, being able to bounce back after the loss last week," Eagles coach Andy Reid added. "All in all, it was a good win. I don't think that the coaches panic, they just get back to the grinder. The players do the same thing."

McNabb hooked up with Owens on a 59-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring before the pair connected for a 27-yard score in the second that gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead.

Owens, who had 111 yards at the half and 134 overall on six catches, hauled in his NFL-leading 12th TD at 8:56 of the third for his first three-touchdown game since the season opener against the New York Giants.

Passing for just 109 yards last week, McNabb was 15-of-28 for 345 yards as the Eagles improved to 23-7 against NFC East opponents over the last five seasons.

"Last week, mistakes put us in a bad position," McNabb said. "Teams lose in the NFL. It was time for us to move on."

Todd Pinkston caught a 59-yard TD pass, Dorsey Levens and Brian Westbrook ran for short scores and cornerback Lito Sheppard capped the scoring with a 101-yard interception return for Philadelphia, which hosts Washington on Sunday.

"Everyone had a little piece in this win," Reid said. "Donovan moved the ball well, the receivers played well. The running backs did a nice job. It's important to keep putting points on the board."

Tight end Jason Witten had nine catches for 133 yards and two TDs for the Cowboys (3-6), whose 49 points allowed were the most at home in team history.

"We took a bad beating tonight," Dallas coach Bill Parcells said. "We just got to get back to work. ... I think emotionally we were ready to go. We just couldn't slown them down."

"We had a chance to turn it around tonight, but we didn't," Witten added. "Coach said he's not going to quit on us, and we're not going to quit on him. We have to stay focused and keep going. That's all we can do."

With 6:10 to go in the first quarter, McNabb followed an incomplete pass with a 14-yard strike over the middle to Owens, who cut to the left and raced down the sideline for his 10th TD of the season.

"I feel confident, I have a lot of faith in myself," Owens said. "I bring a lot of energy and I try to do my best every week."

Lance Frazier muffed a punt that was recovered at the Dallas 15 by Roderick Hood with 62 seconds left in the first. Four plays later, Levens made it 14-0 with a four-yard run seven seconds into the second quarter.

ReShard Lee returned the ensuing kickoff 39 yards to the Dallas 48 and Vinny Testaverde, who turned 41 on Saturday, found Witten down the right sideline for a 29-yard TD at 1:45 to halve the deficit.

But Owens made his second TD reception in the left corner of the end zone at 5:15 and Pinkston caught his first touchdown pass of the season 1:43 later to give the Eagles a 28-7 cushion.

Testaverde and Witten hooked up for Dallas' second score 3:23 before the half, but after McNabb scrambled out of trouble and heaved a 60-yard pass to Freddie Mitchell on a 3rd-and-10 play to keep alive a drive, Westbrook barreled in from one yard out for a 35-14 bulge.

"As a quarterback, I am always trying to buy time and the offensive line gave me time to do that," said McNabb, who scampered to the right before running across the field to the left sideline and unleashing the long pass to Mitchell. "That's why I could get the ball to a lot of guys."

"Donovan can beat you with his arm and with his legs," Owens said.

Eddie George, who rushed for 39 yards on 11 carries, drew the Cowboys within 14 with a 15-yard TD run 3:45 into the third. But McNabb found Owens in the right corner of the end zone for a 16-yard score and Testaverde - who has thrown seven interceptions in his last three games - was picked off by Sheppard, who outraced Keyshawn Johnson for his second return for a touchdown this season and a 49-21 advantage.

"We certainly had higher expectations than we showed tonight," Testaverde said. "It's disappointing. I don't know any other words to describe it."

Testaverde was 21-of-30 for 254 yards.

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