Final

Eagles 10

(3-2, 1-2 away)

Cowboys 33

(3-2, 1-1 home)

4:15 PM ET, October 9, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 0 3 7 010
DAL 17 10 3 333

Top Performers

Passing: D. Bledsoe (DAL) - 289 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Thompson (DAL) - 20 CAR, 75 YDS

Receiving: T. Glenn (DAL) - 7 REC, 118 YDS, 2 TD

Bledsoe throws for 289 yards, three TDs in rout

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- So much for the Dallas Cowboys following their season-long script of playing conservatively and trying to win late. Coach Bill Parcells unleashed his team from the start and they stomped the Philadelphia Eagles.

It was over when ...
The first half ended. Although the Cowboys have had problems blowing leads late, they made a 27-3 halftime advantage stand up.
Game ball goes to ...
Drew Bledsoe, who threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cowboys' D, which held the Eagles to just 129 total yards.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen The story in Philadelphia coming out of this game is going to be why Donovan McNabb was still in the game with fewer than five minutes remaining. It's very difficult for a team and especially a player like McNabb to say the game is over no matter the score. Maybe it's easy for observers to say, "All right, pull the starters, this one is out of hand," but when a team is out there playing hard it's much more difficult to yank a guy. Obviously the Eagles have injury concerns with McNabb, which is why the decision will be questioned and it may have been a better move to pull him.
-- Eric Allen

Drew Bledsoe led the suddenly risky Cowboys to two early touchdowns and scores on six of their first seven drives and the defense shut down Donovan McNabb and the league's top offense in a stunning 33-10 victory Sunday.

"You play like that, you've got a chance to beat anybody," Parcells said.

Dallas (3-2) had lost nine of 10 to Philadelphia and spent the first month of this season using a ball-control approach, resulting in every game being decided in the final minutes. Parcells hinted to expect more of the same -- and the Eagles apparently fell for it.

Sucking in the defense with play action, Bledsoe hit Terry Glenn for completions of 18, 16 and 15 yards within the game's first four snaps. The last one put the Cowboys up 7-0. Minutes later, Bledsoe and Glenn connected on a 39-yard touchdown that made it 14-0.

After not scoring a point in the first quarter all season, Dallas was up 17-0 before Philadelphia (3-2) even had a first down.

It was 27-3 at halftime and 30-3 after the Cowboys' first drive of the third quarter, making for the kind of one-sided game typical of this series the last five years, except with the twist of Dallas sticking it to Philly.

"What happened in years past doesn't matter," McNabb said. "This is a much better Dallas team. But we feel like we're still the best team in the NFC. We weren't able to get things going. We have to learn from it and move on."

Parcells was ready to shake up things because the Cowboys are facing a now-or-never stretch -- two straight, three of four and five of seven at Texas Stadium. They'd already lost at home to division rival Washington and couldn't afford to lose again with the Giants coming in next week and then their final three NFC East games on the road.

Bledsoe finished 24-of-35 for 289 yards and three touchdowns and wasn't sacked. He joked that "if we hadn't run those two quarterback sneaks, I wouldn't have been hit all day."

Glenn had seven catches for 118 yards. Julius Jones ran for 72 yards but didn't play the second half because of an ankle injury. Rookie Tyson Thompson gained 75 yards in his place.

"A win like this shows what we can be when we get out of our own way," said Bledsoe, who blamed turnovers and penalties for preventing better offensive showings earlier.

Although the Eagles overcame an 18-point deficit the previous week, McNabb and Terrell Owens didn't have it in them again.

The NFL's top offense was held to 129 yards and the league-best passing attack put up only 110. Philadelphia's offense failed to score a touchdown for the first time in 13 games.

McNabb, playing with injuries to his abdomen, chest and groin, was 13-of-26 for 131 yards and four sacks. Owens had five catches for 50 yards and failed to score, preventing any celebrations on the Texas Stadium star logo.

Eagles coach Andy Reid figures he has a lot to work on going into the bye week.

"You could pick out anything and we probably didn't do it well," Reid said.

Philadelphia's only touchdown came on an 80-yard fumble return late in the third quarter that made it 30-10. Rather than spark a late rally, all it produced was a heated sideline exchange between Keyshawn Johnson and Bledsoe. Both later said it was over as quickly as it happened.

The aggressiveness Dallas showed on the opening drive continued throughout the first half.

The Cowboys went for it twice on fourth-and-1 during their second drive. The second one didn't work, but the Eagles took over at their 2 and the defense kept them there. Bledsoe got the ball back at Philadelphia's 39 and immediately hit Glenn for their second TD.

Dallas' most surprising call came on fourth-and-1 from the 12 after the Eagles made it 17-3. Bledsoe threw to fullback Lousaka Polite for the first time all season -- and he took it into the end zone.

The Eagles had only 18 yards in the first quarter and 80 at halftime. McNabb was so frustrated that after a sack he spiked the ball and then sent his helmet flying once he reached the sideline.

Was this the best Dallas has played in Parcells' 37-game tenure?

"I think so," he said.

Game notes


Parcells tied Bud Grant for 10th on the career win list with No. 168, including regular season and postseason. ... The Cowboys were without linebacker Dat Nguyen (neck). ... Philadelphia cornerback Lito Sheppard was picked on often but got a bit of revenge by causing Johnson's fumble. ... Philadelphia defensive tackle Sam Rayburn sprained a knee ligament and tight end L.J. Smith sprained his left ankle.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
DAL
1st Downs628
Passing 1st downs
515
Rushing 1st downs
010
1st downs from penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
2-126-16
4th down efficiency
0-12-3
Total Plays4381
Total Yards129456
Yards per play3.05.6
Total Drives1112
Passing110289
Comp-Att
16-3024-35
Yards per pass
3.28.3
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-350-0
Rushing19167
Rushing Attempts
946
Yards per rush
2.13.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-10-6
Penalties8-545-48
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession19:1740:43

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb13/261315.0004-35
Detmer3/4143.5000-0
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bledsoe24/352898.3300-0

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook6122.003
Gordon155.005
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson20753.8016
Jones16724.5025

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens55010.0023
Lewis33612.0021
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Glenn711816.9238
Witten78011.4019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHIDAL
dalTD13:06Terry Glenn, 15 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Jose Cortez kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 51 yds, 1:47
07
dalTD7:48Terry Glenn, 38 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Jose Cortez kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 38 yds, 0:00
014
dalFG0:24Jose Cortez 19 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 40 yds, 5:13
017
SECOND QUARTERPHIDAL
phiFG10:26Todd France 15 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 71 yds, 10:12
317
dalTD5:28Lousaka Polite, 12 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Jose Cortez kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 70 yds, 4:50
324
dalFG0:13Jose Cortez 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 2:20
327
THIRD QUARTERPHIDAL
dalFG11:43Jose Cortez 29 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 26 yds, 2:03
330
dalTD1:29Lito Sheppard, 80 yd fumble return (Todd France kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yds, 6:34
1030
FOURTH QUARTERPHIDAL
dalFG4:43Jose Cortez 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 52 yds, 9:07
1033