GRADES: Dallas beats Philly

Tony Romo passed for 307 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers in the big win.

PASSING OFFENSE: A -- Tony Romo passed for 307 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Miles Austin in the fourth quarter. Roy Williams got out of a slump and caught five passes for 75 yards. Jason Witten's 43 yards receiving against the Eagles gave him 5,333 for his career and allowed him to pass Wesley Walls (5,291) for 15th all-time among league tight ends. Overall, a solid outing.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus -- The Cowboys gained only 76 yards on the ground and did not run with any consistency. But when it mattered most at the end of the game, they successfully pounded the ball to run the clock out. Marion Barber's 50 rushing yards against the Eagles upped his career total to 3,499 to pass Julius Jones (3,484) and Herschel Walker (3,491) for seventh in club history.

PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Cowboys held Donovan McNabb to just 227 yards passing, sacked him four times and intercepted him twice. More important, the Cowboys didn't give up any big plays down the field.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- The Eagles rushed for just 89 yards, including just 19 in the second half. The Cowboys turned the game with a stop on third-and-1 and fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- Nick Folk kicked two field goals. P Mat McBriar averaged 43.8 yards on five punts. He downed three inside the 20. As a result of the punts and the kickoffs, the Eagles started drives on their own 21, 16, 15, 18, 16, 23, 12, 23, 25 and 36.

COACHING: A -- Wade Phillips had his team ready for the Eagles. They unleashed the Wildcat offense on Philadelphia, scoring a touchdown. Defensively, they kept the big plays in check. Nobody was embarrassed by this performance.

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