Dec 14, 2014 9:18 PM
Cowboys steamroll to 14-0 lead over Eagles
The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) DeMarco Murray scored on a 1-yard run, Dez Bryant had a 4-yard touchdown catch and the Dallas Cowboys led the Philadelphia Eagles 14-0 after the first quarter Sunday night in a showdown for first place in the NFC East.
Both teams entered at 9-4. The Eagles dominated the Cowboys in a 33-10 road win on Thanksgiving. But the winner takes control of the division with two weeks remaining.
The Cowboys recovered what ended up being an onside kick to start the game. A short kickoff bounced between deep returner Josh Huff and short man Brad Smith at the 15 and was recovered by C.J. Spillman at the Eagles 18.
After Tony Romo connected with Terrance Williams on an 8-yard pass on third-and-6, Murray ran in from the 1 to make it 7-0.
The Eagles went three-and-out on their first possession, but Donnie Jones pinned the Cowboys back to the 12 with a 68-yard punt.
Romo then led the Cowboys 88 yards on 16 plays. He completed three third-down passes to Jason Witten to extend the drive and tossed a fade to Bryant over cornerback Bradley Fletcher to put Dallas up 14-0.
This was the complete opposite of the first meeting when the Eagles steamrolled the Cowboys on their way to a convincing win. But Philadelphia followed up with a 24-14 loss at home to Seattle and is trying to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since Week 7 and 8 last year.
The Cowboys bounced back from their loss to the Eagles with a win at Chicago last Thursday night and had three extra days to prepare for the rematch. They outgained the Eagles 127-0 in the first quarter and held the ball for 12:08.
The Eagles beat the Cowboys in a winner-take-division game at Dallas in Week 17. Romo missed that game after having back surgery.
Bryant couldn't wait for this game and he had a heated exchange with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins during warmups. Jenkins walked away twice and Bryant came back to yell at him again. It wasn't clear what started the verbal confrontation.
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