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Miscellaneous TDs make a big difference

PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in team history, the Cowboys had an interception return for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown in the same game in beating Philadelphia, 38-23.

The last time the Cowboys had a punt return for a touchdown and a pick-six in the same game, Deion Sanders was a cornerback, punt returner and wide receiver and coach Jason Garrett was the quarterback. It came Sept. 21, 1998, against the New York Giants.

Dwayne Harris’ 78-yard punt return gave the Cowboys the lead; Brandon Carr’s 47-yard interception return built the momentum and Jason Hatcher’s fumble recovery ended any possible threat from the Eagles.

“Anytime you can score miscellaneous touchdowns in this league you have a good opportunity to win,” Garrett said. “We had three of them today ... so that gives you a great chance to win the ballgame. Certainly whenever the punt return team can make a play like that it can swing the game and it happened at a critical moment for us. I think we scratched, we clawed, we battled in all three phases and then made some big plays and it made the difference in the game.”

The last six times the Cowboys have scored a defensive or special teams touchdown, they have won.

“It doesn’t happen very often it feels like, but when I’m sitting over there on the side going over stuff and we get points, it just alters the game,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “It really changes the game. If there’s one thing playing the game long enough, I know if we get touchdowns or we get turnovers from our defense, the game becomes exponentially better for the offense.”