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Eagles Fly On Bird Day, 33-10

It was a Bird Day for the ages.

The Eagles' offense started Thanksgiving Thursday with a bang, scoring 14 points in the first quarter and dominating the Dallas Cowboys' offense in a 33-10 win.

Running back LeSean McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 108 yards, and both players eclipsed 1,000 yards on the year. They lead an Eagles offense that piled up 458 yards on the afternoon, scoring almost at will.

It all began in the first quarter, when quarterback Mark Sanchez and the offense wasted no time setting the tone. The Eagles marched down the field with a 9-play, 80-yard drive that lasted just 3:05.

They tacked on another score eight minutes later when Sanchez found wide receiver Jordan Matthews for a 27-yard touchdown. The score was Matthews' fifth touchdown in the rookie's last five games, giving the Eagles a 14-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the game.

The Cowboys opened the second quarter with a touchdown run from running back DeMarco Murray, the only Cowboys touchdown of the game. Murray finished the game with just 73 yards, his lowest total of the season.

Cody Parkey answered with three field goals over the final 12 minutes of the half, including a 26-yarder just after cornerback Brandon Boykin forced a fumble, recovered by safety Nate Allen. Thanks to Parkey's trio of three-pointers, the Eagles took a 23-7 lead into halftime.

And then they didn't let up.

The Cowboys started the second half with a field goal 5:48 into the third quarter, but the Eagles made short work of answering the call as McCoy dashed for a 38-yard touchdown, out-pacing the silver-and-white defense with ease. McCoy's 159 rushing yards were his highest mark of the year. McCoy's run made it a 30-10 game halfway through the third quarter.

As the fourth quarter moved began, things slowed down in a turkey-induced haze as it became evident the Eagles' Bird Day victory was inevitable.

The Dallas offense continued to spin its wheels as the Eagles' defensive front, namely Fletcher Cox, obliterated the Cowboys' offensive line. The Birds picked up four sacks and flushed Romo out all game long, never giving him much time to make plays. Romo entered the game with a 38-game streak of throwing at least one touchdown. That streak ended against the Eagles' dominating defense Thursday.

Parkey tacked on a 25-yard field goal with 11 minutes to play to make the lead 23 points, and the Eagles marched to the 33-10 victory.

The Eagles (9-3) return home next Sunday to host the Seattle Seahawks.

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