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Originally published Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

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Dallas takes NFC East lead with key victory over Philadelphia

Dez Bryant catches career-high three touchdowns in 38-27 victory in Philadelphia.


The Associated Press

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PHILADELPHIA — Dez Bryant went nose-to-nose with Malcolm Jenkins in warmups and torched Bradley Fletcher three times during the game

Bryant caught a career-best three touchdown catches from Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys rallied to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-27 on Sunday night after wasting a 21-0 lead.

DeMarco Murray had a pair of TD runs to help the Cowboys (10-4) move ahead of the Eagles (9-5) into first place in the NFC East.

“Just came out poised. I was focused,” Bryant said. “We knew that this game was going to be big. We’re not really out trying to prove nothing to nobody. We’re trying to stay together, play together and understand from here on out it’s big games. We’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to block everybody else out. We can’t be in to all of that.”

The NFC-leading Arizona Cardinals (11-3) clinched a playoff berth because the game didn’t end in a tie.

The Cowboys took a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter before Philadelphia rallied behind Mark Sanchez.

Chris Polk had TD runs of 1 and 5 yards and Darren Sproles ran in from the 1 to give the Eagles a 24-21 lead late in third quarter. But Romo and the Cowboys answered quickly with two touchdowns in a span of 2:51.

Murray scored on a 2-yard run to cap a 78-yard drive. After J.J. Wilcox intercepted Sanchez’s pass, the Cowboys started the fourth quarter at the Eagles 42. Romo then hit Bryant in stride for a 25-yard scoring pass.

“We can’t turn the football over and expect to win games,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re not coaching it and we’re not doing the right things.”



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