PHILADELPHIA — In an unexpected defensive tussle, the depleted Dallas Cowboys delivered the knockout punch.
Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown, a banged-up Dallas defense shut down Chip Kelly’s prolific offense, and the 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.
At least there won’t be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia after this one. Nick Foles was awful before leaving with a head injury.
Two teams that averaged a combined 58.2 points per game and allowed a combined 55.2 points totaled 13 punts in a first half that ended with Dallas (4-3) leading, 3-0. It was more about two inept offenses than two dominant defenses. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.