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Familiar connection vaults Cowboys to first, 20-16

11/8/2009

PHILADELPHIA -- There has been much made of quarterback Tony Romo finding new targets such as Miles Austin and Roy Williams.

But on Sunday night, Romo found an old friend. Really, his best friend.

Jason Witten caught a 5-yard pass on a key third down just seconds before the two-minute warning, securing the Dallas Cowboys a 20-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The victory pushed the Cowboys into sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

For the evening, Romo completed 21 of 34 passes for 307 yards with one touchdown and one interception at Lincoln Financial Field.

Witten had seven catches for 43 yards, but his last one clinched the game.

And all that talk about Romo and Williams not making a connection? Well, Williams had five catches for 75 yards Sunday. There were a few bad passes, but that's OK, because the Cowboys are in first place for the first time since last September.

How about Miles Austin, who was making all sorts of catches and touchdowns for three weeks?

He was without a catch thorugh three quarters. But when it counted, his inside move and scamper resulted in a 49-yard touchdown reception that gave the Cowboys the lead with 8:04 to play in the game. Austin's catch came after the Cowboys defense stopped the Eagles on a fourth-and-1.