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November 12, 2012

Romo’s 2 TDs lead Cowboys to 38-23 win

PHILADELPHIA — Dallas scored big on all sides of the ball and pumped some life back into the NFC East race.

Tony Romo threw a pair of touchdowns, Dwayne Harris had a 78-yard punt return TD, and Brandon Carr returned an interception 47 yards for a score to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The Cowboys improved to 4-5, and are second in the NFC East, 11⁄2 games behind the New York Giants, who lost to Cincinnati earlier Sunday.

The Eagles (3-6) lost Michael Vick to a concussion after consecutive bruising hits in the second quarter and have lost five straight games under coach Andy Reid for the first time in his 14 seasons.

Nick Foles filled in for Vick and briefly rallied the Eagles until the Cowboys started showing some touchdown versatility. Romo hit Dez Bryant on a 30-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter, and Harris and Carr scored their TDs in the fourth quarter.

The win, and a break in the schedule, could propel the Cowboys back in the thick of the division race. They will play five of their next six games at home, starting Sunday against Cleveland.

The loss could speed up the countdown clock on Vick and Reid’s time in Philadelphia.

Foles hit the field in the second quarter and was greeted by a loud ovation from a crowd that had become fed-up with Vick’s erratic play.

Vick was knocked on his back by linebacker Ernie Sims on an incomplete pass and was slow to get up. He headed for the locker room and Foles started warming up. Vick, however, may have been injured on the previous play when he was driven from behind head-first into the ground by tackle Jay Ratliff.

Foles, a fan favorite without ever throwing a regular-season pass, looked like an instant hit and woke up a sleepy crowd in the third when he hit Jeremy Maclin for a 44-yard TD and a 14-10 lead. Alex Henery kicked a 40-yard field goal to make it 17-10.

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