Marion Barber made an over-the-shoulder catch for a 17-yard touchdown and the Dallas Cowboys took a 31-30 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles into the fourth quarter Monday night.
Barber's grab of Tony Romo's pass with 5:08 left was the only score in the third quarter after the NFC East rivals had combined for the second-highest scoring half ever on Monday Night Football.
Philadelphia was threatening when the third quarter ended, with a first down at the Cowboys 14 after a face mask penalty.
Terrell Owens caught two TD passes to take over sole possession of second place on the NFL career list, but Philadelphia scored twice in a span of 14 seconds after Romo had turnovers on consecutive snaps and led 30-24 at halftime.
Indianapolis and Denver combined for 55 points in the first half on Oct. 31, 1988.
Asanta 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 TD 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 a touchdown.
The Cowboys regained the lead when Owens caught a quick slant for a 4-yard TD. But the lead was gone when Westbrook plunged in from a yard out _ one play after DeSean Jackson turned an apparent 61-yard TD into a 60-yard catch because he dropped the ball before crossing the goal line.
The teams traded field goals in the final 45 seconds, David Akers hitting from 22 yards and Nick Folk from 51.
Barber, who had 12 carries for 52 yards, ran past linebacker Stewart Bradley for his touchdown catch. That was three plays after he busted through the middle for a 19-yard run.
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 TD receptions behind Pro Football Hall of Famer and former teammate Jerry Rice on the NFL list.
It was third-and-10 when Owens, who had converted an earlier third-and-9 with a leaping catch, got behind Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard and was streaking down the field. Romo hit T.O. in stride for the score for the longest pass of his career.
As Owens headed back to the sideline, he spread his arms wide and started moving them up and down _ mocking the Eagles and the celebrations he used to do when he was in Philadelphia.
On a Monday night at Texas Stadium four years ago, Owens got to flap his arms plenty when he caught three TDs from McNabb in the Eagles' 49-21 victory at Dallas.
McNabb's TD pass to Westbrook was the 175th of his career, matching him with Ron Jaworski for the most in Philadelphia history.
After Akers' second field goal got the Eagles within 7-6, rookie Felix Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Coach Wade Phillips, Romo and Owens were seen on the sideline pumping their fists with smiles on their face as Jones crossed the goal line.
It was the first kickoff return for a TD in a regular season game for the Cowboys since Randal Williams on Oct. 8, 2003. That was a 37-yard return when the Eagles tried an onside kick to start the game.
The game marked the final home opener at Texas Stadium and the final Monday night game at the famed facility with the hole in the roof. The Cowboys move into a gleaming new $1 billion-plus stadium next season.
Owens has three TDs this season, and 31 in 33 games with the Cowboys. He has caught 28 from Romo, making them the league's top quarterback-receiver TD combination since 2006.
Before coming to Dallas in 2006, Owens had 20 TDs in two seasons with the Eagles. He spent the first eight seasons of his career with San Francisco, five of those with Rice.
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