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In OT, Eagles sweep Cowboys for first time since 1990
Updated: Monday November 06, 2000 11:56 AM
Cunningham, playing his first game in Philadelphia since his 11-year career with the Eagles ended in 1995, was just 14-of-22 for 109 yards. He ran nine times for 22 yards.
"He's a guy I idolized and watched throughout his career," McNabb said. "I tried to assimilate my game after him. I sort of want to be on the same page he was on."
Philadelphia (6-4), which beat Dallas 41-14 in the season opener, swept the series for the first time since 1990.
But McNabb drove the Eagles 54 yards in 96 seconds, and Akers' 34-yard field goal tied the game at 13 with 11 seconds left.
McNabb accounted for all the yards on the drive, including a 19-yard run. He had runs of 17 yards and 23 yards in the fourth-quarter drive that led to a game-tying touchdown.
"I had double vision watching him in the third and fourth quarter," said Cunningham, possibly the best scrambling quarterback to ever play the game. "I saw him running and making plays, and I said, 'Wow, he's a very talented kid.' I remember back when I was his age making plays here like that."
Darnell Autry ran 5 yards, and McNabb completed three consecutive passes, including a 22-yarder to Autry, setting up Akers' game-winner.
Autry had 65 yards on 19 carries and caught three passes for 57 yards, including a touchdown. He did not get a carry in a 24-7 loss to the New York Giants last week.
Emmitt Smith had 134 yards rushing, including a touchdown for Dallas, which lost in overtime for the second consecutive week.
"We need to try and eliminate a lot of mistakes we make, and until we do that, we're going to be a very mediocre team," Smith said.
Cunningham, whose tenure in Philadelphia was marked by bitter disappointment and playoff failures, received a mixture of boos and cheers during his pregame introduction.
A sign on a railing above the first level near the 50-yard line said: "Randall: The Great False Hope."
Cunningham, starting in place of the injured Troy Aikman, didn't nearly resemble the same player who led the Eagles to three consecutive playoff appearances a decade ago.
He threw an interception to Brian Dawkins in the end zone, killing a long drive in the second quarter.
"I wasn't surprised to be booed," Cunningham said.
The Cowboys took a 7-0 lead on a 7-yard TD run by Smith with 4:42 left in the first. The play capped an 11-play, 40-yard drive that consumed 6:16.
An interception by Darren Woodson and a face-mask penalty on Autry gave Dallas the ball at the Eagles' 40. The Cowboys ran the ball on nine of the 11 plays.
Dallas drove 65 yards from its 5 on seven runs and two passes to set up a 48-yard field goal by Seder that made it 10-0 with 1:58 left in the third.
The Eagles closed to 10-3 on a 34-yard field goal by Akers with 13:00 left. An unsportsmanlike penalty on Dallas cornerback Ryan McNeil for taking his helmet off after an incomplete pass kept the drive alive for the Eagles.
Philadelphia tied it at 10 on a 23-yard TD pass from McNabb to Autry with 7:38 left. It was just the second touchdown for Philadelphia in its past 10 quarters.
A holding penalty on McNeil nullified an interception by George Teague, keeping the drive going.
Notes: Dallas WR Rocket Ismail left the game in the first quarter after injuring his right knee. ... The Cowboys have lost their top receiver in three of the past four games against Philadelphia. Michael Irvin sustained a career-ending injury last year, and Joey Galloway had a season-ending knee injury in the opener. ... Eagles DE Hugh Douglas recorded his career-high 13th sack in the fourth quarter, and DT Brandon Whiting got his first two sacks of the season. ... Akers missed a 40-yard FG on the Eagles' first possession. He's now 15-of-17.