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Thawing in the rivalry? Eagles fans show some support for Romo

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field with the Sunday Night Football Game Ball after win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles, 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field with the Sunday Night Football Game Ball after win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles, 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles fans are getting a bad rap after all.

The same fans who infamously once pelted Santa Claus with snowballs in 1968 showed a measure of respect to the Eagles' most bitter rival on Sunday.

When Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo walked off the field with what turned out to be a fractured collarbone, Philadelphia fans in the end zone stood and cheered in an appreciative gesture.

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That may not be a big deal in some rivalries, but given that Philly fans applauded when former Cowboys wideout Michael Irvin lay motionless on the turf after suffering a career-ending injury, it definitely qualifies as a minor thaw in fan relations.

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