IRVING -- It was the last Monday Night Football game at Texas Stadium and nobody wanted to leave.
The Dallas Cowboys eventually outlasted the Philadelphia Eagles 41-37 to end a game that was as much chilling as it was thrilling with seven lead changes and big plays galore.
Never mind that it’s only Week 2 of the season.
It was contest the Cowboys simply had to win in a season they hope results in their first Super Bowl berth since 1995.
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Credit the Cowboys (2-0) for playing mistake-free football in the second half, after an error-prone first two quarters featuring penalties and turnovers.
After contributing to the Eagles cause with a fumble and an interception that led to touchdowns, quarterback Tony Romo played a flawless final two quarters.
He set up the game winning scored with 32 yard pass to tight end Jason Witten.
But don’t forget the Cowboys defense, which gave several big plays and was befuddled by quarterback Donovan McNabb for much of the night.
After giving up 30 points in the first half, the Cowboys allowed the Eagles just seven points after intermission.
The defense set up the game winning touchdown when Jay Ratliff recovered a Brian Westbrook fumble. Linebackers Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware spoiled any comeback hopes with sacks on the final drive of the game.