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Cowboys 17, Eagles 3

Published Oct. 20, 2013

Cowboys knock Foles, Eagles out

PHILADELPHIA — In an unexpected defensive tussle, the Cowboys delivered the knockout punch.

Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and a touchdown, and Dallas overcame a sluggish start to beat the Eagles and take sole possession of first in the NFC East.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles left with a head injury and was replaced by rookie Matt Barkley, who threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter of his NFL debut as Philadelphia's fast-paced offense sputtered.

"Obviously, our defense was outstanding," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "That offense challenges you in so many ways. They have a really good scheme. Our defense played sound, played together. They were physical, and our tackling was outstanding."

Two teams that averaged a combined 58.2 points per game and allowed a combined 55.2 ended the first half with Dallas up 3-0 despite missing three of its projected defensive line starters. Former USF star George Selvie had 1½ sacks and combined with fellow defensive end Jarius Wynn on the hit that forced Foles out.