Eagles Rout Cowboys in NFL Week 8; Giants Rally, Steelers Win

The Philadelphia Eagles piled up 495 yards of offense on their way to a 34-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys, giving the New York Giants a two-game lead atop the National Football Conference’s East division.

The Giants scored 10 fourth-quarter points to rally past the Miami Dolphins 20-17 yesterday. It was the fifth win in six games for the Giants (5-2), whose next five opponents -- New England, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Green Bay -- are a combined 26-10 on the National Football League season.

“Our schedule gets tough with a big game up in New England next week,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told reporters yesterday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. “We’ll see where we are real soon.”

The Eagles raced to a 24-0 halftime lead last night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, where they out-gained the Cowboys 324-94 in total offensive yards over the first 30 minutes. Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy rushed for 185 yards and two scores for the Eagles, who have won two straight games to improve to 3-4. The Cowboys have the same record after dropping three of their past four games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New England Patriots 25-17 in yesterday’s matchup of the top two teams in the American Football Conference. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards and two touchdowns at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh as the Steelers won for the second time in eight games when Tom Brady started at quarterback for the Patriots.

Pittsburgh’s offense had possession of the ball almost twice as long as New England.

Steelers in Control

“We never really played the game on our terms,” said Brady, who finished with 198 passing yards and two touchdowns. “We understand that if we play like that we’re not going to beat many people at all.”

The Steelers (6-2) lead the AFC North, while the Patriots (5-2) drop into a share of first place in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills, who blanked Washington 23-0 in Toronto to give Redskins coach Mike Shanahan the first shutout of his career.

The Giants stayed in control of the NFC East by rallying from a 17-10 fourth-quarter deficit. Lawrence Tynes kicked a 29-yard field goal with 10:37 remaining and Eli Manning tossed a 25-yard scoring pass to Victor Cruz with 5:58 left to give the Giants their first lead. The Dolphins are 0-7 for the first time since 2007, when they lost their opening 13 games.

“We went toe-to-toe with them,” said Dolphins coach Tony Sparano. “Swung hard, we didn’t win. It’s not acceptable.”

Rams Get First Win

The Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts are the NFL’s only winless teams after the St. Louis Rams upset the New Orleans Saints 31-21 yesterday as 13 1/2-point underdogs. One week after routing the Colts 62-7, the Saints trailed 24-0 against the Rams (1-6) before scoring their first touchdown.

The Colts are 0-8 for the first time since 1997 after a 27-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans (4-3).

The Detroit Lions halted a two-game losing skid with a 45-10 rout of the Denver Broncos. Matt Stafford threw three touchdown passes and the Lions’ defense forced two turnovers by quarterback Tim Tebow, including a 100-yard interception return for a score by Chris Houston. Tebow was sacked seven times.

The San Francisco 49ers extended their winning streak to six games with a 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. Frank Gore rushed for 134 yards and a score as the 49ers (6-1) took a 17-0 first-half lead and then held off the Browns (3-4).

21-Point Deficit

The Baltimore Ravens rallied from a 24-3 first-half deficit and beat the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 on a 25-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff as time expired. Ray Rice had three rushing touchdowns for the Ravens (5-2), who sent the Cardinals (1-6) to their sixth loss in a row.

The Houston Texans (5-3) made it two straight wins with a 24-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, who drop to 2-6.

Christian Ponder threw for 236 yards and a touchdown to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-21 win at the Carolina Panthers. Fellow rookie quarterback Cam Newton passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers, though he also lost two fumbles. Both teams are 2-6.

The Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) ran their winning streak to four with a 34-12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks (2-5). Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Bengals scored 17 points in the final 5:01, including a 56-yard punt return and 75-yard interception return for scores.

Week 8 play concludes tonight with the AFC West-leading San Diego Chargers (4-2) visiting the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs (3-3). The New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders were off during Week 8.

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