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Cowboys’ defense couldn’t get hands on a game-turning play

Injured Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee (50) was later diagnosed with a concussion after taking a hit to start the second half.
Injured Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee (50) was later diagnosed with a concussion after taking a hit to start the second half. Star-Telegram

Each time the Dallas Cowboys need to make a stop defensively Sunday night, they couldn't get it done.

None was more important than overtime.

The Philadelphia Eagles had the ball first in the extra session and marched down the field 80 yards to win 33-27 at AT&T Stadium.

The game-winning score -- Sam Bradford's 41-yard touchdown to Jordan Matthews -- included an almost sack (Greg Hardy) and a slip in coverage (rookie Byron Jones). Both near-misses summed up a night in which Philadelphia racked up 459 yards of offense.

That's the second-highest output by the Eagles this season.

And the most allowed by the Cowboys.

"They're a good offensive team and they challenge you in different ways," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "They biggest challenge when you play Philadelphia is their tempo."

Philadelphia scored on four of five possessions after halftime. The two touchdown drives covered 95 and 80 yards, respectively.

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford passed for 295 yards, with the one touchdown, without testing the Cowboys downfield much. Bradford was sacked once and was not intercepted.

Matthews had nine catches for 133 yards.

The Cowboys didn't force a turnover for the sixth time in eight games. They've only taken the ball away four times, with three coming in the 20-10 win over Philadelphia in Week 2.

Running back DeMarco Murray, in his first game back in Arlington since leavind Dallas in free agency, had 161 total yards and a touchdown. He ran for 83 yards on 18 carries and added 78 receiving on six catches.

His score came on a fourth-and-1 in the second quarter. The Eagles ran for 172 yards, with Ryan Mathews adding 67 yards.

"We just didn't play good edge defense," defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford said. "And we need to play better."

The Eagles began to churn on yardage in the second quarter. An 80-yard march that tied the game 7-7 featured nine runs, with Murray and Ryan Mathew picking up big chunks of yardage.

Philadelphia took its first lead (14-7) midway through the third quarter by going 95 yards in just seven plays. Bradford found Murray and Matthews for 44 and 28 yards, respectively. Ryan Mathews took it the final 6 yards on a sweep around left end.

On the OT drive, Mathews picked up a fourth-and-1 at the Dallas 43 before Bradford found Matthews over the middle for the deciding score.

The Cowboys’ defense took a hit in the third quarter when linebacker Sean Lee left the game with a concussion. Anthony Hitchens was also injured in the game.

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