PHILADELPHIA -- It wasn't the shootout everyone expected.
And it didn't end in the shutout that maligned Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin so richly deserved.
But the 17-3 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Lincoln Financial field was no less sweet or satisfying for the Dallas Cowboys. It was their first road win of the season, giving them back-to-back wins for the first time all season.
The win put the Cowboys (4-3) in sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 3-0 division mark. Dallas plays at Detroit next week.
That Kiffin and his defense led the way by shutting down the Eagles' vaunted, fast-paced offense made it even more special.
All week, Kiffin and his players were reminded how Kelly dominated him at Oregon the past two years when he was the defensive coordinator at Southern California. Kelly's Ducks averaged more 50 points and more than 600 yards of offense in three games vs. Kiffin and USC.
Kiffin was respectful all week, but showed that there is a difference between the college football and the NFL with a perfect game plan that shut down the Eagles offense.
The Cowboys held the Eagles to a season-low 278 total yards, including 84 for what was the league's best rushing attack. They entered the game averaging 449 total yards and 27.7 points.
"Defense was outstanding today. That offense challenges you in so many ways," Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. "Our defense did a really, really good job."
Quarterback Nick Foles completed 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards before being forced from the game with a head injury in the fourth quarter. Backup quarterback Matt Barkley came into the game and was intercepted three times to complete the meltdown. Elusive running back LeSean McCoy, the NFL's leading rusher, was held to 55 yards on 18 carries with a long run of only 10 yards.
"The pursuit was outstanding and our tackling was outstanding. If you look at the film, Number 25 (McCoy) makes a lot of people miss," Garrett said. "That was the difference in the ballgame."
Kelly's offense was shut out in the first half for first time in his career as a college or pro coach.
It was an interception off quarterback Tony Romo, making his 100th start, that led to the Eagles' only score. A 36-yard interception return by DeMeco Ryans gave them a first down at the 30.
Ten plays and 17 yards later, keyed by a shared sack by defensive ends George Selvie and Jarius Wynn that ended with Foles' concussion, led to a 31-yard field goal.
"We played well enough in all three phases to win the game," Garrett said.
Romo directed a clutch, 72-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter after the Eagles made it 10-3. Romo threw a 9-yard touchdown to rookie Terrance Williams to push the Cowboys' lead to 17-3.
Romo finished with 317 yards passing, one touchdown with two interceptions. Dez Bryant had 10 catches for 110 yards. Rookie Joseph Randle, making his first NFL start, finished with 65 yards on 19 carries.
The Cowboys began the game without defensive end DeMarcus Ware (quadriceps) and running back DeMarco Murray (sprained knee). For Ware, it was the first time he has missed a game in his career, ending a stretch of 134 contests.
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