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Romo, defense lead Cowboys to 17-3 win over Eagles

  • Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner (34) pushes in for a touchdown run against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Dallas Cowboys running back Phillip Tanner (34) pushes in for a touchdown run against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, right, with Chris Jones holding, kicks a field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, right, with Chris Jones holding, kicks a field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) is brought down by Philadelphia Eagles free safety Earl Wolff (28) and cornerback Cary Williams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) is brought down by Philadelphia Eagles free safety Earl Wolff (28) and cornerback Cary Williams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)  (The Associated Press)

Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown and the Dallas Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-3 on Sunday to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

Two teams that averaged a combined 58 points per game and allowed a combined 55 totaled 13 punts in a first half that ended with Dallas (4-3) leading 3-0. It was more two inept offenses than two dominant defenses.

The Eagles (3-4) have lost a franchise-worst nine straight games at home. Their last win at the Linc was over the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.

A Cowboys defensive line missing three of its projected starters pressured and harassed Nick Foles before sending him to the sideline with a head injury on the last play of the third quarter.