After a 38-27 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East by a game with two games left to play in the season.
The Cowboys haven’t won the division or finished with a winning record since 2009, but they have secured a winning record already and can control their own destiny when it comes to winning the division and making the playoffs. If they win their next two games against the Colts and Redskins, they will finish as NFC East champions.
Sunday night’s game was the Cowboys biggest win in years. They were up 21-0 early in the second quarter but then found themselves down 24-21 in the third quarter after Darren Sproles scored on a 1-yard run.
This was not the first time the Cowboys trailed on the road this season—where they are undefeated (7-0). They trailed the Rams 21-0, the Seahawks 10-0, and the Giants 21-10. They eventually rallied in all three games, and won those road games.
With the score 24-21, Tony Romo and the Cowboys drove 78 yards in eight plays—highlighted by two 22-yard passes to Dez Bryant, and a 21-yard run by DeMarco Murray— who capped the drive with a two-yard touchdown run to take a 28-24 lead.
The Cowboys’ defense then held the Eagles to only a field goal in the last quarter, to finish the game with a 38-27 win.
Bryant had a career-high three touchdown catches, on six receptions and 114 yards. Romo completed 22 of his 31 pass attempts for 265 yards and three touchdowns after struggling against the Eagles at home on Thanksgiving Day earlier in the season. The NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray ran for 81 yards and scored two touchdowns on 31 carries.
The Eagles finish the season on the road against the Redskins and Giants, and will need the Cowboys to lose a game in order to win the division.