- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 16, 2008

IRVING, Texas | Terrell Owens caught the long pass in stride, cruised into the end zone and began showing off.

With a shimmy in the direction of the Philadelphia Eagles, then some arm-flapping like he used to do when he scored for them, the final Monday night game at Texas Stadium was off to a wild start.

And it kept going from there, with the Cowboys getting the last of seven lead changes for a 41-37 victory.

The wackiness included Tony Romo following one flub with another, leading to Philadelphia touchdowns 14 seconds apart; Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson losing an apparent touchdown because he flicked the ball away in celebration before he actually scored; and, ultimately, there was Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook wasting great performances by fumbling a fourth-quarter handoff exchange.

Romo led a crisp drive that was capped by Marion Barber’s 1-yard touchdown run, lifting the Cowboys to a victory that certainly will be remembered by anyone who saw it.

For anyone who didn’t, think back to Romo’s great escape in Buffalo on a Monday night last year or to Romo’s playoff goof in Seattle two years ago or McNabb’s great escape on a scramble three years ago or even Leon Lett’s premature touchdown celebration in the January 1993 Super Bowl. This game had plays reminiscent of all those.

Asante Samuel intercepted a pass by Romo late in the first quarter. A pass interference call set the Eagles up at the 1, and after a false start penalty, Brian Westbrook caught a 6-yard touchdown from Donovan McNabb to get the Eagles within 14-13 on the first play of the second quarter.

After Isaiah Stanback botched the ensuing kickoff to leave the Cowboys inside the 5, Romo bobbled the ball and lost control of it trying to hand off to Marion Barber. The ball rolled into the end zone, where Romo picked it up before being hit by Brian Dawkins and dropping it again. Chris Gocong recovered for an Eagles touchdown.

The Cowboys regained the lead when Owens caught a quick slant for a 4-yard touchdown. But the lead was gone when Westbrook plunged in from a yard out - one play after Jackson turned an apparent 61-yard touchdown into a 60-yard catch because he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line.

In the first quarter, T.O. caught his 131st career touchdown pass, a 72-yarder to break a tie with Cris Carter for second place on the NFL career list. He is 65 touchdown receptions behind Hall of Famer and former teammate Jerry Rice on the NFL list.

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