Eagles dominate Cowboys on Thanksgiving
LOS ANGELES - The Philadelphia Eagles seized sole possession of first place with a 33-10 demolition of the Dallas Cowboys behind Mark Sanchez's precision passing and a superb defensive effort on Thanksgiving.
Sanchez threw a touchdown pass and ran for another for the Eagles who improved to 9-3 and now lead the second place Cowboys (8-4) in the race for top spot in the NFC Eastern Division.
"Nobody gave us a chance today," said running back LeSean McCoy. "We been criticized all year, especially myself.
"It doesn't matter what anybody says, it matters what goes on in our dressing room. We believe in each other."
McCoy credited his offensive line with helping him rush for 159 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Sanchez had 217 yards on 20-of-29 passing for the Eagles, who raced out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back on their way to improving to 6-0 in games on the US Thanksgiving holiday.
"We are really in a good spot," said Sanchez. "We want to cherish this, but we can't get complacent."
The Eagles ended Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's consecutive games streak with a touchdown pass at 38 games and held league rushing leader DeMarco Murray to below 100 yards.
Romo completed 18-of-29 passes for 199 yards and threw two interceptions as Dallas lost its third-straight home game.
Also on Thursday, Joique Bell and Calvin Johnson each scored twice as the Detroit Lions routed the Chicago Bears 34-17.
In the late National Football League game, the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks squared off against San Francisco.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 34-for-45 for 390 yards with two touchdown passes for the Lions, who rebounded from a pair of road losses to Arizona and New England.
"We had shown that we could do it in spurts at times this season," Stafford said of his offense. "To put it together for 60 minutes was gratifying."
Bell totaled 91 yards on 23 carries, while Johnson had 11 catches for 146 yards for Detroit, who have won their last two Thanksgiving Day games thanks to a triumph over Green Bay last year.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was 31-for-48 for 280 yards with a pair of touchdown passes along with two interceptions for the Bears, who had won their previous two games heading into the contest.
"We had a fast start which was good," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. "Then they got on a roll and really made their money throwing the football and moving it around."
Johnson made a nine-yard catch in the first half, moving him over 10,000 receiving yards for his career. He reached the milestone in an NFL-record 115 games, one fewer than Torry Holt.
Johnson finished with 11 catches for 146 yards, raising his career total to 10,052. He also climbed into 43rd place in all-time receiving yards, passing Eric Moulds.
The victory moves Detroit a half-game back of Green Bay for first place in the NFC Northern Division.
The Packers host the New England Patriots in a potential Super Bowl preview at Lambeau Field that highlights a slate of 12 games on Sunday.