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Eagles Must Win To Keep Pace in NFC East

Posted Nov 30, 2013

The Eagles have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season, but an Oakland win over the Dallas Cowboys will not be one of them.

Despite trailing 21-7 in the first half of their game Thursday afternoon, the Cowboys rallied from behind thanks to three touchdowns by running back DeMarco Murray to beat the Raiders 31-24.

Oakland gave Dallas everything it could handle before succumbing in the second half. Cowboys kick returner Terrance Williams, who was in for the injured Dwayne Harris, fumbled the game's opening kickoff and it was returned 23 yards for a touchdown.

The Cowboys entered the game with the league's 29th-ranked rushing attack, but they had 144 yards on the ground which was their second-highest total of the season. Murray had the three touchdowns, but it was backup Lance Dunbar who paced the attack with a career-high 82 rushing yards.

With the win, Dallas is now 7-5 and will at the very least remain tied atop the NFC East at the end of the weekend.

Thanksgiving also provided the opportunity for the Eagles to get a first glimpse of their Week 14 opponent - the Detroit Lions, who pummeled the Green Bay Packers, 40-10.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford overcame three turnovers to throw for 330 yards and three touchdowns and running back Reggie Bush accounted for 182 yards of offense and a touchdown. The Lions scored 37 straight points as they gained 561 total yards compared to just 126 for the Packers.

The Lions are 7-5 and sit atop the NFC North.

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