ARLINGTON, Texas — Showdown No. 1 goes to Philadelphia.
In a battle of NFC East co-leaders, Mark Sanchez passed for 217 yards and one touchdown and ran for another to give the up-tempo Eagles a 33-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys Thursday in front of a crowd of 91,379 at AT&T Stadium.
The rematch is Dec. 14 in Philadelphia (9-3) as the teams meet twice in 18 days. In between, the Cowboys (8-4) travel to Chicago next Thursday.
Cody Parkey made four field goals and LeSean McCoy rushed for 159 yards and one touchdown.
DeMarco Murray finished with 73 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown for Dallas. Tony Romo completed 18 of 29 passes for 199 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
The Thanksgiving Day NFC East showdown had a big-game feel and included plenty of big plays, mostly from the Eagles.
The Eagles took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards for a touchdown.
The Eagles converted two third downs and included McCoy’s 36-yard run.
The touchdown came on a 2-yard option keeper by Sanchez for a 7-0 lead to the 11:55 mark.
Dallas couldn’t answer with a score, but did flip the field by driving to the Philadelphia 45 where Chris Jones punted to the 12.
The field position didn’t last long.
Philadelphia needed just 2:01 to score, including three consecutive first downs to start the drive.
Sanchez threw a 27-yard touchdown to Jordan Matthews to cap the seven-play, 88-yard drive and make the score 14-0 at the 4:08 mark.
Dallas started the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by Murray to make it 14-7.
The touchdown completed a 67-yard drive in seven plays with the key play being a 16-yard, third-down catch by Cole Beasley to keep the drive alive.
The fast-striking Eagles continued their trend, this time covering 67 yards for a field goal. The big play was a 59-yard catch and zig-zag run by Jeremy Maclin.
Parkey made a 31-yard field goal to make it 17-7 at the 12:10 mark.
Dallas forced its first punt of the game, although they ended up taking possession at its own 2.
Philadelphia held, then added a Parkey field goal from 22 yards to extend its lead to 20-7.
Taking over at it’s 23 with 1:30 left in the half, Dallas turned the ball over on first down when Beasley fumbled after catching a pass near the sideline and Philadelphia safety Nate Allen returned the ball to the 11 with 1:19 to go.
Four plays later, Parkey made a 26-yard field goal for a 23-7 Eagles lead at halftime.
Two plays after punting away their first possession of the second half, the Cowboys got a turnover when Jeremy Mincey recovered a fumble by McCoy at the Eagles’ 12.
Four plays later, Bailey made a 28-yard field goal to pull the Cowboys within 23-10 at the 9:12 mark.
Philadelphia followed with an 80-yard drive with McCoy running 38 yards for the touchdown and a 30-10 lead with 7:20 left in the third quarter.
In the final quarter, the Eagles worked on closing the game and did.
Parkey added a 25-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, to push the lead to 33-10. The defense made a fourth-down stop and added a late interception to close out the win.
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