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Scoreboard
New Orleans (12-5-0) «0614626
Philadelphia (10-7-0)0771024
Game Leaders
 Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys
Pass: Donovan McNabb (19-37, 230) Tony Romo (23-35, 244)
Rush: LeSean McCoy (5-24) Felix Jones (16-148)
Rec: Jeremy Maclin (7-146) Miles Austin (7-82)
Grades
NFL
A
Complete Report Card NFL
D

Romo was hot early and Felix Jones had a big day running it. The defense, as it has been all season long, was dominant. The Eagles just couldn't get anything going offensively. The second quarter was a disaster.
 
Judgements
It's hard not to like Dallas now. Not only did the Cowboys destroy the Eagles in successive weeks; they don't have to play outdoors the rest of the NFC playoffs. Go ahead, Wade Phillips, and exhale. One more win, and you can take a deep breath.
Top Performers
Cowboys
Cowboys QB Tony Romo Tony Romo finished the game with 244 passing yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions, and got the Cowboys out to a 27-7 halftime lead.

Cowboys RB Felix Jones Felix Jones rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season, including a 73-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Eagles
Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin Jeremy Maclin ended his rookie season with a bang, catching a 76-yard touchdown from QB Michael Vick and finishing the game with more than 100 receiving yards for the second time in his NFL career.

Eagles QB Donovan McNabb Donovan McNabb had a rough game against the Cowboys defense, but he still managed to finish the game with 230 passing yards, hitting eight different targets in 19 completions.
 
 
Photo Gallery
Andre Gurode of the Cowboys jumps on John Phillips after Phillips scores a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter. (Getty Images)
Expert Picks (against the spread)
ExpertPickReason
Harmon: The Cowboys defense usually does well containing WR DeSean Jackson, who might not be 100 percent. If the Eagles can't get their passing back on track, they're in trouble.
Prisco: Dallas has the best team in the NFC right now. That defense will limit the Philadelphia big plays again. Tony Romo wins a playoff game.
Judge: Andy Reid never goes one and done in the playoffs.
Madden: Eagles showed so little last week, why trust them this week?
Richard: Hard to beat Andy Reid twice in a short span. At the very least you have to expect a very close game between both sides. Happy to have the hook along with three points.
Urbano: This game comes down to which QB will screw up less, and I'll go with Romo this time.
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Recap
Video Recap (AP) These aren't the same old disappointing Dallas Cowboys. If anything, they're starting to play like some of the really old versions.
 
Tony Romo broke open a scoreless game with five straight scoring drives in the second quarter, sending Dallas past Philadelphia 34-14 Saturday night for the Cowboys' first playoff victory since 1996.
 
Dallas had lost six straight postseason games and would've set an NFL record with another one. But now all those skids are history.
Community Take
JeffroBAMBAM: I don't think McNabb is done as a quarterback, but I~Rm done with him. I don't blame him for the loss, and I hope wherever he goes he has success. I~Rm just looking forward to a change. Maybe the Eagles can get something for him. I know! How about McNabb and this year~Rs first-round pick to the Vikings for Jared Allen? That would be a dream situation for the birds. McNabb is in the way of this offense moving forward. I think these receivers are exceptional, and need to develop with the young quarterback, be it Kolb or someone else. Vick should also be offered to the highest bidder.
JKWIQ: Good win, Cowboys. The defense played well and the run game was superb, but Tony Romo was shaky at times, and his overthrows nearly became picks. Still, he did what he needed to do. The Cowboys tried their best to self-destruct early in the game, with those penalties, but the Eagles wouldn't let them. Better correct that if you expect to have a chance in Minnesota next week, because the Vikings are a team that~Rs completely balanced on both sides of the ball, just like the Cowboys seem to be right now.
 
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