Notes: X-Rays For Murray, Free Banged Up; Wilcox Comes Up Big, Milestones & More

PHILADELPHIA – In one of the toughest games – both mentally and physically – of the season, the Cowboys didn't exactly come out of Sunday's game with a clean bill of health.

Running back DeMarco Murray injured his hand at the end of the game and needed X-rays. While the Cowboys did not reveal the results of the injury, Murray was not wearing a brace or cast on his hand after the game.

Right tackle Doug Free did not play in the second half because of an ankle sprain, forcing Jermey Parnell into action. Free missed three games earlier this year with a sprained foot, allowing Parnell to start three games.

Even rookie Zack Martin hobbled around with a foot/ankle injury for most of the second half but continued to play.

Murray rushed for 81 yards on 31 carries, for just a 2.6 yard average, the lowest single-game average of the season. It marked just the third time this season he failed to reach 100 yards and second time against the Eagles, who limited him to a season-low 73 yards in the first game back on Thanksgiving.

"It's not easy out there," Murray said. "They do a good job of loading up to stop (the run) and they did that. But you have lean on the other guys to step up."

The Cowboys will hope Murray, Free, Martin and the rest of the hobbled players will be ready to go Sunday afternoon against the Colts at AT&T Stadium.

Wilcox Big Day

A year ago, J.J  Wilcox nearly came up with a clutch interception in the end zone against the Eagles in a game the Cowboys eventually win. Wilcox made the pick but the replay officials ruled the ball hit the ground before popping up to him.

This time around, Wilcox made sure he secured the ball tighter when it came his way. The second-year safety had a clutch interception in the third quarter, setting up another touchdown that gave Dallas an 11-point lead.

Later in the game, he stripped the ball away from Brent Celek, causing another turnover for the Cowboys that led to a field goal.

"I'm just trying to make plays," Wilcox said. "That's what we want to do on this defense. When the opportunity is there to get the ball, make the play. And we did that tonight." 

Quick Hits:

  • The win at Philadelphia is Dallas' seventh straight win on the road in 2014, and eighth overall consecutive win on the road dating back to last season at Washington (12/22/13). It is the longest road win streak since a 10-game road win streak that began in 2006 at Arizona (11/12) through 2007 at Carolina (12/22). Dallas is the only unbeaten team on the road this season.
  • The Cowboys seven road wins on the season allows them to become the first team to reach seven wins since the 2007 squad did it, and the third squad overall (1968, 2007) in team history, to tie for the most road wins in team history.
  • Dan Bailey's eight overall points (one field goal; five PATs) gave him 501 for his career and allowed him to become the fourth player – second kicker (Rafael Septien – 874) – in team history to reach 500 career points. By doing it in his 62nd game, he is the second-fastest player in NFL history to get to 500 points:
  • Bryant recorded three touchdown receptions to give him 53 for his career to pass Frank Clarke (50) and Tony Hill (51) for fourth all-time in team history.
  • Bryant recorded three receiving touchdowns for the first time of his career. It is the first time a Cowboys receiver has caught three touchdowns in a game since Miles Austin had three at San Francisco (9/18/11).
  • Dwayne Harris had 94 kick return yards to mark 1,985 for his career to pass Herschel Walker (1,946) for seventh on the club's all-time kickoff return yards list.
  • DeMarco Murray rushed for 81 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns. Amongst team leaders in single-season rushing yards, DeMarco Murray (1,606) passed Tony Dorsett's 1981 total (1,646) for third-most in a single-season behind Emmitt Smith (1,773 in 1995) and Emmitt Smith (1713 in 1992).
  • Murray's 81 yards gave him 4,368 for his career to top Marion Barber (4,358) for seventh on the club's all-time rushing yards list
  • Murray's 1,687 yards through the first 14 games of the season are the most in team history and the 13th in NFL history.
  • With three touchdown passes, Romo extended his NFL record streak to 40 consecutive games with a touchdown pass on the road. His streak began on Oct. 11, 2009 at Kansas City.
  • By completing 71.0 of his passes (22-of-31), it marked Romo's sixth game this year with a completion percentage of 70.0-percent-or-better and the 42nd game of his career.
  • Jason Witten made seven catches to reach 53 receptions on the season to notch his 11th career – and 11th consecutive – season with 50 receptions-or-more. By reaching that number, he becomes the third tight end in NFL history with 11 seasons with 50-or-more receptions, and the second tight end to accomplish the feat in 11 consecutive seasons.
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