(Reuters) – - Fired up receiver Dez Bryant scored three touchdowns to ignite Dallas’ 38-27 win over the rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday as the Cowboys regained control of the NFC East.
Bryant got into a pre-game shouting match with Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins and carried his rage onto the field where his 114 receiving yards gave the Cowboys their biggest win of the season.
Dallas (10-4) moved one game in front of the Eagles (9-5) for first place in the division after they had relinquished the top spot on Thanksgiving when Philadelphia handed them a 33-10 blowout defeat.
In the rematch, the Cowboys raced out to a 21-0 lead before the Eagles responded with 24 straight points to seize the lead.
Dallas responded with a long drive and a two-yard TD run from DeMarco Murray, and Bryant caught his third score to give the visiting Cowboys a 35-24 lead.
Both teams added late field goals, and Philadelphia’s chances were hurt by a fourth-quarter Brent Celek fumble – one of their four turnovers on the night.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles. Editing by Patrick Johnston)