IRVING, Texas — Terrell Owens caught the long pass in stride, cruised into the end zone and began showing off.
With a shimmy in the direction of the Philadelphia Eagles, then some arm-flapping like he used to do when he scored for them, the final Monday night game at Texas Stadium was off to a wild start.
And it kept going from there.
After seven lead changes, the game fittingly came to a close with a pass that included two laterals. Dallas stopped it, then walked away with a memorable 41-37 victory.
"We kept believing in each other," Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips said. "Everyone said, 'Hey, hang in there, we're going to come out on top,' and we did!"
The wackiness included Tony Romo following one flub with another, leading to Philadelphia touchdowns 14 seconds apart; Eagles rookie receiver DeSean Jackson losing an apparent touchdown because he flicked the ball away in celebration before he actually scored; and, ultimately, there was Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook wasting great performances by fumbling a fourth-quarter handoff exchange.
The game was decided cleanly after that turnover — a crisp Romo-led drive capped by Marion Barber's 1-yard touchdown run, lifting the Cowboys to a victory that certainly will be remembered by anyone who saw it.
Most of the action came in the first half, but the game was decided late — of course.
Philadelphia led 30-24 at halftime, but Dallas moved in front on a 17-yard touchdown catch by Barber. The Eagles came right back, with Westbrook churning into the end zone for his third touchdown and a 37-31 lead.
Dallas got close with a 47-yard field goal from Nick Folk, but Philadelphia was driving for a lead-padding score when McNabb put the ball on Westbrook's hip instead of in his belly. The Cowboys recovered at the 33 and Romo moved them all the way to the go-ahead score.
Philadelphia hardly threatened on its final two tries. Its final two-lateral play was shoved out of bounds.
Romo was 21-for-30 for 312 yards with three touchdowns, plus a lost fumble and an interception. Owens had TD catches of 72 and 4 yards, though he didn't catch a pass in the second half. He has 132 career receiving TDs, second all-time to Jerry Rice.
Felix Jones had a 98-yard kickoff-return TD for Dallas.