Bad McNabb-Westbrook exchange costs Eagles in wild MNF shootout

Tony RomoWhen Brian Westbrook and Donovan McNabb combine for four touchdowns in one game, usually the Eagles come away with a win. But that wasn’t the case Monday night as Dallas defeated Philadelphia 41-37 in the wildest NFL game of the season.

Westbrook gave the Eagles a 37-31 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run (his third TD of the game). But after a Cowboys’ field goal cut the lead to 37-34, a botched exchange between Westbrook and McNabb gave Dallas the ball back with just under eight minutes to play. The Cowboys turned the miscue into a Marion Barber 1-yard score, which proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

Outside of an interception and a fumble that the Eagles recovered for a touchdown, Dallas QB Tony Romo was outstanding again. Romo threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, including a 72-yard bomb to Terrell Owens (3 catches, 89 yards, 2 TDs) in the first quarter. On top of scoring the game-winning TD, Barber also finished with 69 yards on 18 carries.

Both defenses played like garbage, but this was the most exciting game of the young season. I hate to use a tired sports analogy, but this was like two heavyweight boxers going at it for 60 minutes. Neither team backed down and the game was littered with big plays. (And boneheaded ones, too.) Some of the throws that McNabb and Romo made were absolutely incredible.

McNabb, Romo, Barber, Westbrook, T.O. and Witten had to help folks win some fantasy games tonight.

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