Eagles hold off Cowboys to take NFC East crown

Philadelphia 24, Dallas 22

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy had 120 yards and a receiving score and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 in a win-or-go-home game for the NFC East title Sunday night.

Philadelphia running back Bryce Brown lunges into the end zone during the second half. The Eagles held off a late rally by Dallas to clinch the NFC East and a playoff berth Sunday.  TONY GUTIERREZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
TONY GUTIERREZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Philadelphia running back Bryce Brown lunges into the end zone during the second half. The Eagles held off a late rally by Dallas to clinch the NFC East and a playoff berth Sunday.

The Cowboys (8-8), with Kyle Orton filling in two days after Tony Romo had back surgery, lost to a division rival with a playoff berth on the line for the third consecutive year.

The Eagles (10-6) will play host to New Orleans a wild-card game Saturday night.

Dallas trailed 24-16 when Orton threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. Orton went back to Bryant for the two-point conversion, but the ball fell incomplete.

The Cowboys got another chance with a stop from their beleaguered defense, but Orton’s pass was intercepted by former Georgia standout Brandon Boykin on the first play to seal the win.

McCoy finished with 1,596 yards.

The last time Dallas made the playoffs was 2009, its first year in its shiny $1.2 billion stadium.


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