NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Dallas|
(Sunday, November 21st)
Final Score: Dallas 35, Detroit 19
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Bryan McCann's 97-yard punt return for a
touchdown in the third quarter sparked Dallas to a come-from-behind 35-19
victory over Detroit at Cowboys Stadium.
Jon Kitna threw for 147 yards and three touchdowns and also scored once on the
ground for the Cowboys (3-7), who scored 28 points in the second half to win
their second straight game with Jason Garrett at the helm.
"He has a lot of moxie, he is a tremendous competitor. There's a reason he's
been playing in this league as long as he has," Garrett said of his signal
caller. "He's the kind of guy you want on your football team, he's the kind
of guy that you want playing quarterback for you. He's got a lot of mental
toughness. He loves to play the game and I think we've seen that the past
Felix Jones paced the Cowboys on the ground with 51 yards, while Miles Austin
caught second-half touchdowns of three and four yards.
Shaun Hill threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted once as
the Lions (2-8) dropped their third in a row and extended their NFL record for
road losses to 26 straight games. Nate Burleson caught seven passes for 97
yards in the defeat.
McCann's game-changing return was set up when Nick Harris' punt bounced inside
the 10-yard line and Lions special teamer John Wendling kept the ball from
going in the end zone by batting it to the three-yard line.
McCann, however, fielded the ball before the Lions downed it and scampered
alongside the left sideline for a 97-yard touchdown return to put the Cowboys
up 14-12 with 9:16 left in the third quarter.
The Lions continued to implode during the ensuing series when Jerome Felton
fumbled and Dallas recovered the ball on the Detroit 19-yard line. Four plays
later, Kitna found Austin on a quick seam pass from three yards out to take a
21-12 lead with 6:33 left to play in the quarter.
"They made a heads-up play and went 97 yards for a touchdown," Detroit head
coach Jim Schwartz said. "Right away on offense we fumbled and that was really
the key to this game."
Hill hooked up with Burleson for 58 yards on the next drive to set up a 14-
yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson to make a two-point game, 21-19, with a little
over four minutes left in the third.
But the Cowboys answered back with a 71-yard touchdown drive on 16 plays.
Dallas received a horse collar call on a 2nd-and-13 run by Barber which gave
it a first down on the five. Three plays later, Kitna found Austin for second
time on a quick out from four yards to take a two-possession lead with 11:15
left to play.
On Dallas' next possession, Kitna put the game away, 35-19, on a 29-yard naked
bootleg TD run toward the left side of the field.
The Lions were forced to punt on their first possession of the game and they
pinned Dallas on the two-yard line. The field position didn't phase the
Cowboys, who marched 98 yards in 13 plays. Kitna completed 7-of-8 passes
during the series, which was capped off with a one-yard toss to Dez Bryant.
Detroit got on the board on the second play of the second quarter when Dave
Rayner drilled a 47-yard field goal. The kick was set up by two third-down
conversions by Hill, but a holding penalty put the Lions in a 1st-and-20
series which they were unable to convert.
The Lions had a chance to put some points on the board with 2:10 left
in the half, but back-to-back penalties put them at 1st-and-25 and they
were forced to punt three plays later.
The Cowboys, pinned on their own four-yard line, looked to run out the clock
during the next play. They handed it off to Jones, but Kyle Vanden Bosch
popped the ball loose and the Lions recovered on the nine-yard line with 36
With 17 ticks left, Hill scrambled out of the pocket on a 3rd-and-5 and
threaded the needle to Burleson for a 10-7 lead at the half.
Dallas' second drive of the second half ended poorly when Leonard Davis was
called for a holding penalty against Ndamukong Suh in the end zone. The play
resulted in a safety and a Detroit 12-7 lead.
Both teams will have a short week as they play their annual Thursday
Thanksgiving games. The Cowboys will host New Orleans and Detroit will take on
New England...The Lions had 10 penalties for 76 yards, while Dallas only had
39 yards on six flags...Dallas was outgained 338-265 yards in the
win...Brandon Pettigrew had eight receptions for 75 yards in the loss, while
Jason Witten led the Cowboys with four receptions for 48 yards.
11/21 22:45:22 ET