NFL Game Summary - Jacksonville at Dallas|
(Sunday, October 31st)
Final Score: Jacksonville 35, Dallas 17
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - David Garrard returned to the lineup to throw
for 260 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to lead Jacksonville to a
35-17 triumph over Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.
Garrard, who suffered a concussion in an October 18 loss to Tennessee and
missed last week's game, completed his first 12 throws on the way to 17-for-21
efficiency and added a touchdown on the ground for the Jaguars (4-4), who
halted a two-game skid in which they were outscored 72-23.
"It was an awesome day for us offensively," Garrard said. "I thought the
offensive line did a great job. We were just real comfortable, we were seeing
everything as it was happening. They didn't disguise their coverages that
much, so with that you have work against their leverage and coverages and we
did a great job executing the game plan."
Mike Sims-Walker made eight receptions for a career-high 153 yards and two
touchdowns, Marcedes Lewis also caught two scoring passes and Maurice Jones-
Drew carried 27 times for a season-high 135 yards as the visitors won for a
sixth straight season heading into their bye week.
Derek Cox became the first Jacksonville player to intercept two passes in a
game since Rashean Mathis did it twice during the 2006 season. Mathis also
made an interception in the fourth quarter, the Jags' franchise-record fourth
of the day.
Jon Kitna, taking over for the injured Tony Romo, connected on 34-of-49 throws
for 379 yards and a touchdown in his first start in over two years for the
Cowboys (1-6), who have lost four in a row for the first time since the last
four weeks of the 2002 season.
Jason Witten caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown and Miles Austin
added seven grabs for 117 yards while Marion Barber ran for only 16 yards and
a score for the hosts, who are off to their worst start since dropping their
first eight games en route to a 1-15 record in 1989.
"It was embarrassing the way we played," a distraught Dallas head coach Wade
Phillips said. "We didn't give ourselves a chance to win the game. It is very
painful at this point in the season to be where we are. I thought we'd come
out and really play with a lot of passion but we didn't. We've got a lot of
talented players but that's the problem. I've got talented players but I'm not
getting them to play well."
Dallas scored first on a 34-yard field goal by David Buehler 4:14 into the
contest before the Jags moved in front for good on their next possession.
Garrard hit Sims-Walker on a play-action pass in the back of the end zone from
10 yards away to cap a five-play, 63-yard drive that put the visitors in the
lead with just under eight minutes to go in the first quarter.
Dallas started at its own 12 and moved to the Jags 29 before Cox intercepted
Kitna at the 23 with 11 1/2 minutes to go in the first half. The visitors
cashed in on the turnover and added to their lead with another TD.
From the Dallas 42, Garrard threw to Lewis, who made the catch at the 15, shed
a tackle inside the 10 and found the end zone to make it a 14-3 game with 9:43
remaining before the intermission.
The Cowboys took over at their own 42 with 2:20 to go in the half and appeared
poised to trim the deficit but wound up not scoring and going to the break
down 11, the first time the Jags had led at the half this season.
On second down from the nine with 24 seconds left, Kitna scrambled and was
taken down at the one prompting a timeout. The Cowboys then ran Barber up the
middle but he was stopped inches shy of the goal line with nine seconds left.
Dallas opted to go for it on fourth down but Barber was denied again. He
bumped into Kitna on the handoff exchange and was halted inches short after
trying to burrow his way to paydirt. Both of Barber's runs were reviewed and
both calls on the field were upheld by replay.
"That was a huge momentum changer," Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio said.
"You don't play good goal defense without your front leading the way and I
thought they were effective all day."
Jacksonville opened the second half with a six-play, 83-yard drive that was
capped on a 15-yard scoring toss from Garrard to Mike Thomas, who caught a
screen pass and weaved his way through traffic into the end zone. The march
was highlighted by a Sims-Walker 29-yard catch and run followed by a 39-yard
grab by Sims-Walker on a pass deep down the left sideline on the next play.
Following Cox's second pick of the day, a diving stab on a pass in and out of
the hands of Roy Williams, the Jags moved quickly to strike again.
Garrard rolled right from the nine and threw back across the field to Lewis,
who made the catch in the end zone to extend the margin to 28-3 with nine
minutes left in the quarter to finish a five-play, 33-yard drive.
Dallas finally found the end zone when Barber banged his way in from a yard
out to finish an eight-play, 80-yard march with 12 1/2 minutes to play. Witten
made catches for eight and 27 yards on consecutive plays to set up the score.
Mathis made his pick with a shade more than seven minutes to go in the game
and brought it back 24 yards to the Cowboys seven. Three plays later, Garrard
faked a handoff and scooted around the left side untouched into the end zone
from two yards out.
"Frankly, there's no excuses," Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones said. "Overall, they
were more physical than we played. As it would turn out, as far as the team is
concerned, there is not one answer. I am not in any way for making changes, I
have always thought our best chance to win was continue to be coached, there's
no. I'm embarrassed and dumbfounded that we are 1-6. I thought we had a team
here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL. I am very
sorry to our fans and they should have better than this."
The Cowboys then moved 74 yards on 13 plays to post their second TD of the day
on an eight-yard toss from Kitna to Witten with just under 2 1/2 minutes left
in the game.
Jacksonville leads the all-time series, 3-2...The Jags are 11-5 heading into
their bye week...Lewis made two catches for 51 yards while Thomas made four
grabs for 41...Linebacker Daryl Smith played in his 100th game as a member of
the Jags, the 17th player in team history to accomplish that feat...Defensive
back Don Carey left the game in the fourth quarter with a neck sprain suffered
on a helmet-to-helmet hit for which he was penalized...Kitna's last start came
on October 5, 2008 as a member of the Detroit Lions...He became the first
Dallas QB aside from Romo to throw for 300 yards or more since Drew Beldsoe
accumulated 332 yards against Kansas City on December 11, 2005...Dez Bryant
caught seven passes for 84 yards in a losing cause...Barber carried nine
times...Felix Jones led the Cowboys with 22 rushing yards on eight attempts.
Dallas wide reciever Roy Williams 21-yard catch on the final play of the third
quarter put him over 5,000 yards receiving for his career...Jacksonville
returns to action November 14 at home against Houston while the Cowboys
travel to Green Bay next week.
10/31 21:26:34 ET