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Dramatic Monday Night shootout lives up to hype
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2008 7:40 AM CDT
Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook (36) and Dallas Cowboys safety Patrick Watkins, left, grab each other's face masks in the third quarter, Sept. 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
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(Newser) – From relieved Cowboys fans to heartbroken Eagles diehards, every can agree on one thing: Last night’s contest “will not soon be forgotten,” writes Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News. The final Monday Night game in Texas Stadium was a spectacular 41-37 affair that Tony Romo likened to a shootout. “And it was good that we were Clint Eastwood,” he said.

Romo had reason to sweat bullets of course; the Cowboys quarterback threw for 300 yards, but also had an interception and a fumble turned into two touchdowns in one 14-second span. Just as blooper-worthy was Eagles rookie DeSean Jackson flinging a ball to the turf a yard before entering the end zone. But it’s the game’s offense, a steady string of jaw-dropping plays, that will make this a game to remember.