published Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Eagles beat Cowboys 24-22 to take NFC East title

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton (72) celebrates after cornerback Brandon Boykin intercepted the ball from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton during their NFL game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton (72) celebrates after cornerback Brandon Boykin intercepted the ball from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton during their NFL game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy had 131 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.

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 straight year.

The Eagles (10-6) will host 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 2-point conversion, but Cary Williams dove to punch the ball away.

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

McCoy finished with 1,607 yards.

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