ARLINGTON, Texas – These aren't the same old disappointing Dallas Cowboys. If anything, they're starting to play like some of the really old versions.
Tony Romo broke open a scoreless game with five straight scoring drives in the second quarter, sending Dallas past Philadelphia 34-14 Saturday night for the Cowboys' first playoff victory since 1996.
Dallas had lost six straight postseason games and would've set an NFL record with another one. But now all those skids are history, buried along with the notions that Wade Phillips (0-4 as a head coach) and Tony Romo (0-2) couldn't win a playoff game.
And the way the Cowboys have played over the last four games — all wins, behind dominating defense and efficient offense — they could be sticking around a while this postseason.
Next up for Dallas is a trip to Minnesota on Sunday, with Romo taking on childhood hero Brett Favre.
The Eagles are one-and-done in the playoffs for the first time under coach Andy Reid. Philadelphia had been 7-0 in playoff openers with Reid and 6-0 with Donovan McNabb at quarterback.