Record for Romo as Cowboys down Eagles

Mon Dec 3, 2012 2:02am EST
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(Reuters) - Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes to surpass Troy Aikman's franchise record as the Dallas Cowboys beat the crumbling Philadelphia Eagles 38-33 on Sunday to keep their playoff hopes intact.

Romo tossed all three of his touchdown passes in the final two quarters, where both teams traded scores, finding Dez Bryant on a six-yard score with 5:35 remaining to give the Cowboys a 31-27 lead and their first advantage of the game.

It was Romo's 168th career touchdown pass, putting him three ahead of Aikman.

"To be mentioned in the same breath as those guys is something I'll look back on one day," Romo told reporters after the Cowboys (6-6) moved one game out of a post season spot.

"At this point, it's hard to think that way when we're in the middle of a playoff race (and) we desperately had to have this game."

The result was all but sealed when Philadelphia running back Bryce Brown then fumbled and Dallas' Morris Claiborne returned it 50 yards to make it 38-27.

The Eagles (3-9) made it a nervy finish after Damaris Johnson's 98-yard punt return touchdown in the final minute, but their onside kickoff attempt failed and they dropped their eighth consecutive game.

That is their longest losing streak since an 11 game slide in 1968 and came despite an early 14-3 lead and strong performances from rookie QB Nick Foles and Brown.

Brown ended the night with 169 yards rushing and two scores in place of starter LeSean McCoy (concussion), but he made his third fumble in two games.   Continued...

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo scrambles as Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is unable to make the tackle in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Stone