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Eagles Beat Odds, Cowboys

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 22, 2013 at 04:49 PM
PHILADELPHIA -

The Eagles overcame daunting odds to capture an NFC wild-card spot with a dominating 44-6 victory over Dallas.

So much for all that preseason Super Bowl hype - America's Team can start its vacation plans early. Surely, it'll be a drama-filled offseason, as owner Jerry Jones has to answer more questions about Coach Wade Phillips' job and perhaps consider a major overhaul.

In a game that become do-or-die for both teams shortly before kickoff when Tampa Bay and Chicago lost, the Eagles (9-6-1) thoroughly outplayed the error-prone Cowboys (9-7). Donovan McNabb threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and Brian Dawkins forced two fumbles that were returned for scores.

Of all the teams that remained in contention for a playoff berth entering the final weekend, the Eagles had the lowest odds. Meanwhile, Dallas knew all week it just had to win to get in.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo came up way short in another crucial game, dropping his record to 5-8 in December.

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