- The Washington Times - Friday, November 28, 2008

From combined dispatches

EAGLES 48, CARDINALS 20: Donovan McNabb got pulled for Kevin Kolb again. This time, he earned a seat on the bench with a superb performance instead of a stinker.

McNabb threw four touchdown passes, Brian Westbrook tied a team record with four scores and Philadelphia beat Arizona at home Thursday night.

Just four days ago, McNabb was benched for the first time in his career at halftime of a 36-7 loss at Baltimore. The Eagles only trailed 10-7 when coach Andy Reid decided to put Kolb in after McNabb threw five interceptions and lost two fumbles in his previous seven quarters.

But Reid gave McNabb another chance and the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback responded with his best game since Week 1.

He completed 27 of 39 passes for 260 yards and a passer rating of 121.7. Westbrook, playing with a sore ankle and knee, had 110 yards rushing and 20 more receiving. He had two TDs on the ground and two receiving. Irving Fryar was the last Eagles player to score four TDs in 1996.

The Eagles desperately needed to win to maintain their slim playoff hopes. They’ll have a few extra days to prepare for the New York Giants on Dec. 7.

The Cardinals will clinch their first division title in 33 years if San Francisco loses at Buffalo on Sunday.

COWBOYS 34, SEAHAWKS 9: Tony Romo might not want to take the splint off his passing hand the way he and Dallas are playing.

Romo crisply guided Dallas to touchdowns on its first three drives and points on the first four, then turned the early surge into a home victory over Seattle in Irving, Texas.

The Cowboys won their third straight, matching their best roll of the season, since Romo returned from a broken right pinkie. Dallas is back near the top of the NFC playoff race. Now comes the hard part - staying there.

The Cowboys’ next three games are against Pittsburgh, the New York Giants and Baltimore. That stretch will be even tougher if they’re without linebacker DeMarcus Ware and running back Marion Barber. Both left with injuries in the third quarter, Ware because of a sprained left knee and Barber because of a bruised right pinkie toe.

Afterward, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he didn’t think either was serious.

TITANS 47, LIONS 10: Chris Johnson was untouched on a short run to the outside and a long gain up the middle.

The two plays were symbolic of the canyonlike gap between once-beaten Tennessee and winless Detroit.

Johnson ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter, LenDale White scored twice in the second, and the Titans coasted to a road win over the Lions.

Johnson finished with 125 yards rushing and White added 106 on the ground as Tennessee met its goal of re-establishing the running game.

The Titans bounced back from their first defeat of the season, surging to a 28-3 lead in the opening minute of the second, and have their best 12-game record in franchise history.

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