Dallas beats Philly with beauty, grit

Cowboys rise to top of NFC East with 20-16 payback win over Eagles

Updated: November 9, 2009, 8:55 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

PHILADELPHIA -- This game meant everything to the Dallas Cowboys.

The last time they visited this city, their season was destroyed. The trip ended in a 44-6 defeat to the Eagles in the 2008 regular-season finale. The Cowboys' chances of reaching the postseason died like an off-Broadway play after a bad review.

But Sunday night, on a national stage, the Cowboys made a powerful statement. They beat the Eagles 20-16 to move into sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

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