Cowboys' late run stuns Eagles

Dallas scores 2 TDs in 21 seconds, capped by Williams' pickoff

Cowboys 21, Eagles 20

November 15, 2005|By KEN MURRAY | KEN MURRAY,SUN REPORTER

PHILADELPHIA -- The Dallas Cowboys got even in Monday Night Football theatrics last night.

Beaten on two late touchdown passes earlier in the season on prime time, the Cowboys scored two touchdowns 21 seconds apart to steal a 21-20 victory from the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn in the final three minutes, and then safety Roy Williams returned an interception of Donovan McNabb 46 yards for the go-ahead score.

In Week 2, the Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins, 14-13, when Mark Brunell threw a pair of touchdowns late in the game.

McNabb was injured on the interception return and was replaced by Mike McMahon for the final 46 seconds. McMahon got the Eagles to the Dallas 43, and with four seconds left, David Akers lined up for a 60-yard field goal. The attempt was very short.

The Cowboys beat the Eagles on Oct. 9, 33-10, holding them to 129 total yards. Glenn had a huge game with seven catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't get his first catch last night until the final 3:17, but quickly made up for it with the touchdown catch.

Bledsoe completed 17 of 24 passes for 196 yards, while McNabb hit 19 of 34 for 169.

The victory pushed the Cowboys (6-3) ahead of the New York Giants (6-3) in the NFC East by virtue of their 16-13 win on Oct. 16.

The Eagles struck early and late in the first half for a 14-7 lead. They drove 72 yards with the opening series to get a 15-yard touchdown run by Brian Westbrook, and cashed in a Drew Bledsoe interception late in the half for a 2-yard scoring run by McNabb.

In between those touchdowns, however, the Eagles struggled mightily on offense. They were flagged for three false start penalties in the first quarter - including one when new center Jamaal Jackson failed to snap the ball --- and picked up two more in the second. They finished the half with nine penalties worth 65 yards, while the Cowboys had one penalty for 2 yards.

Along the way, they were committed to running the ball. Alternating Westbrook and Lamar Gordon, the Eagles ran the ball 20 times in the first half, 10 in each quarter. McNabb threw 16 passes, hitting 10, but the ones he missed, he missed badly.

In an effort to loosen up Dallas' defense, the Eagles ran seven times on the opening 11-play drive, including a 9-yard scramble by McNabb. Westbrook covered the final 20 yards of the drive on consecutive runs, getting a big block from Darnerien McCants on the goal line.

The Cowboys' offense was equally ineffective early in the game, although it also registered a 72-yard scoring drive. The big play on that series was a 58-yard pitch and catch from Bledsoe to Peerless Price that carried to the Eagles' 3.

Marion Barber got the ball three straight plays, finally scoring from the 1 on a toss right.

The second quarter produced a series of punts before the only turnover of the half. Eagles middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter came clean on an inside blitz, and as he spun Bledsoe around, the quarterback flipped a no-look pass toward Barber. But it was intercepted by Lito Sheppard at the 24 and returned to the 19.

Amazingly, the Eagles ran it in from there on four plays and a penalty. From the 2, McNabb play-faked to Westbrook, looked momentarily to pass and then scrambled right to the end zone untouched.

Westbrook's ability to make a big play out of nothing led to a field goal and 17-7 lead early in the third quarter. On a second-and-five run, Westbrook ran into right tackle Jon Runyan, then bounced outside to the left and raced 18 yards to the Dallas 35.ken.murray@baltsun.com

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