Sunday, November 8, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 20, Eagles 16
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
PHILADELPHIA -- Don't look now, but the Cowboys are in the driver's seat in the race for the NFC East crown. They returned to the scene of last season's embarrassing 44-6 loss and came up with a clutch performance.
And maybe Roy Williams should spend a little more time complaining about quarterback Tony Romo's throws because the pair were on the same page Sunday night. Williams had five catches for 75 yards and, for at least one evening, he became Romo's favorite target.
Of course, Romo turned to Miles Austin for the game-winning touchdown. Austin froze cornerback Sheldon Brown with a double move and then raced into the end zone to give the Cowboys a 20-13 lead. The Cowboys (6-2) have now won four consecutive games as they prepare to travel to Green Bay.
The Eagles (5-3) will fall a game behind the Cowboys and they will try to regroup with a road game against the resurgent Chargers, who beat the Giants, 21-20, on Sunday. The Cowboys' defense did a nice job of staying in Donovan McNabb's face throughout the game and cornerback Terence Newman helped take DeSean Jackson out of the game.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy got loose on a 45-yard play, but the Cowboys limited the big plays. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware were relentless with their pressure. Ratliff destroyed the middle of the Eagles' offensive line and ended up with two sacks.
Romo had his first interception in the past four games, but he made up for it by throwing for 307 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys are now one of the hottest teams in the NFC. They prevented the Eagles from completing a three-game sweep of their division foes.