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NFL: Romo leads the Cowboys to their third straight win

PHALANGESThe QB was in good form, returning from a pinkie finger injury, although things could get tough with running back Marion Barber out with a bruised pinkie toe

AP , IRVING, TEXAS

Tony Romo guided the Dallas Cowboys to touchdowns on its first three drives and points on the first four, then turned the early surge into a 34-9 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

The Cowboys won their third straight, matching their best roll of the season, all coming since Romo returned from a broken right pinkie finger.

Dallas is 8-4 and back near the top of the NFC playoff race. Now comes the hard part — staying there.

The Cowboys’ next three games are against Pittsburgh, the New York Giants and Baltimore.

That stretch will be even tougher if they’re without linebacker DeMarcus Ware and running back Marion Barber.

Both left with injuries during the third quarter, Ware because of a sprained left knee and Barber because of a bruised right pinkie toe.

The Seahawks lost their fifth straight game and fell to 2-10.

It matches the most losses in a season outgoing coach Mike Holmgren has had in his 17 years in the NFL, and there are still four games left.

EAGLES 48, CARDINALS 20

At Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb threw four touchdown passes and Brian Westbrook tied a team-record with four scores as Philadelphia beat Arizona.

Just four days ago, McNabb was benched for the first time in his career at halftime of a 36-7 loss at Baltimore.

But coach Andy Reid gave McNabb another chance and the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback responded with his best game since Week 1.

McNabb completed 27 of 39 passes for 260 yards and a passer rating of 121.7.

Westbrook had 110 yards rushing and 20 more receiving. He had two TDs on the ground and two receiving.

The Eagles (6-5-1) desperately needed to win to maintain their slim playoff hopes.

They’ll have a few extra days to prepare for the New York Giants (10-1) on Dec. 7.

The Cardinals (7-5) will clinch their first division title in 33 years if San Francisco loses at Buffalo tomorrow.

Kurt Warner had 235 yards passing, three TDs and three interceptions.

TITANS 47, LIONS 10

At Detroit, Chris Johnson was untouched on a short run to the outside and a long gain up the middle.

The two plays were symbolic of the canyon-like gap between the once-beaten Tennessee Titans and the winless Detroit Lions.

Johnson ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter, LenDale White scored twice in the second and Tennessee coasted.

Johnson finished with 125 yards rushing and White added 106 on the ground as Tennessee met its goal of re-establishing the running game.

The Titans (11-1) bounced back from their first defeat of the season, surging to a 28-3 lead in the opening minute of the second.

Tennessee now has their best 12-game record in the club’s history.

The Lions (0-12) moved a step closer to becoming the NFL’s first 0-16 team, losing by a franchise-worst 37 points and giving up a franchise-record 47 points in their 69th game on Thanksgiving.

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