The Philadelphia Eagles entered Texas Stadium on Sunday afternoon with an air of invincibility. Drew Bledsoe and the Dallas Cowboys quickly put an end to that.
Bledsoe threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns, including a
pair of early scores to Terry Glenn, as the Cowboys posted a
33-10 victory over the Eagles in a matchup of NFC East rivals.
Philadelphia entered having won nine of its last 10 games vs.
Dallas and having outscored the Cowboys by a combined 345-155 in
the last 12 meetings, including a 49-21 victory here in Week 10
The Eagles (3-2) also entered averaging a league-high 432 yards
per game and riding a three-game winning streak, but their
ever-potent offensive trio of quarterback Donovan McNabb,
running back Brian Westbrook and wide receiver Terrell Owens
were taken out of the game early by Bledsoe and a Cowboys team
that clearly was more motivated and better prepared.
Dallas (3-2) jumped out to a quick start as Bledsoe hooked up
with Glenn on three of the first four plays from scrimmage,
capped by a 15-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
The 33-year-old Bledsoe was far from finished, however, as he
connected with Glenn just under six minutes later on a 38-yard
bomb down the right sideline for a 14-0 lead.
Jose Cortez capped the first-quarter scoring with a 28-yard
field goal for the Cowboys, who had not scored in the opening
period in any of their first four games but racked up 17 points
and 190 yards in the first quarter vs. Philadelphia.
The second quarter was much of the same as Bledsoe found Lousaka
Polite for a 12-yard TD pass and Cortez booted a 37-yard field
goal in the final seconds to conclude a half in which the
Cowboys outgained the Eagles, 325-80, and had 18 first downs to
only five for Philadelphia en route to building a 27-3 cushion.
The first-half yardage was the highest total allowed by the
Eagles since December 30, 2001 vs. the New York Giants. It
actually could have been worse in the first half for
Philadelphia had the Cowboys not converted just 1-of-6 third
downs and failed on a 4th-and-goal from the 1.
Given the early cushion, Dallas' defense constantly harassed
McNabb and contained all of the Eagles' weapons. Entering with
three consecutive 300-yard passing efforts, McNabb finished just
13-of-26 for 131 yards, without a touchdown or an interception.
Owens caught five balls for 50 yards, while Westbrook managed
just 12 yards on six carries.
The Pro Bowl trio was outperformed in every sense by their
Dallas counterparts. Bledsoe completed 24-of-35 passes,
including seven to Glenn, who finished with 118 yards to notch
his third 100-yard receiving game of the season.
Dallas' Julius Jones carried 16 times for 72 yards before
leaving late in the first half with an undisclosed injury.
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