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With Lead, Defense Takes Over For Eagles

On this Bird Day, the Eagles are in Dallas to take on the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East ...

ARLINGTON, Tx. -- Running back LeSean McCoy quickly made amends as the Eagles lead 30-10 through three quarters.

McCoy's early third quarter fumble could have been costly. The ball was recovered at the Eagles' 13-yard line.

But the Eagles' defense stood tall not allowing the mistake to haunt the team.

Defensive end Fletcher Cox tackled running back DeMarco Murray in the backfield for a loss of 1 yard. On the next play, third-and-2 from the 5-yard line, quarterback Tony Romo felt the heat from the Eagles' blitz and flopped. Linebacker Casey Matthews got credit as the Cowboys settled for a 28-yard field goal to make it 23-10.

McCoy rewarded the Eagles' defense by padding the lead with a 38-yard touchdown. Right tackle Lane Johnson and guard Andrew Gardner paved the way as McCoy went over 100 yards for the fourth time on the year and the second game in a row. He also eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau for the season. He is the first Eagle in franchise history with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

With the lead extended to 30-10, defensive coordinator Bill Davis unleashed the pass rush. Romo was sacked two more times - once by Cox and once by linebacker Brandon Graham. The pressure forced Romo to throw his first interception since returning from a back injury.

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