It was dreadful knowing that prior to the Lions traveling to Dallas to take on th Cowboys today, that we were still looking for the 1st home win…in week 11! It didn’t help that the 38 yr old backup starting for the Cowboys was playing the team that gave up on him years ago. The stage was set, and you almost can’t write a better story than the way this ongoing one continues to unfold.
Dallas started the game with a defensive stop and forcing Detroit to punt, but the Cowboys found themselves pinned down at their 2 yard line for their 1st offensive possession. However, Kitna led the Cowboys to their longest drive of the season with a 98 yard TD drive. Then it seemed as if the Cowboys of old crept in the game and things got a little ugly the rest of the 1st half and half way into the 3rd quarter. Leave it to SMU’s own Bryan McCann to spark the team with another historic play, this time on Special Teams (NOTE: SMU became bowl eligible Sat). His 97 yard return continues to show his determination to make the most of every opportunity on game day. The Cowboys seemed to react to the situation at hand and responded handily to put the game away.
The defense stepped up with a big fumble recovery and the game went the Cowboys way, as Kitna responded with TDs on the next 3 possessions. The strong finish definitely helped his stat line for the game 18-24 (75%), 147 yards, 3 Ds, 0 int. A lack luster rushing attack with Kitna as the 2nd leading rusher (most of it on his 4th down TD run that Jason called to perfection): F. Jones 11-51 yards, Kitna 4-40 yards, M. Barber 13-36 yards and Choice finishing with only 2 touches for 7 yards. Witten lead the way for receivers with 4-48 yards, not eye catching statistics to say the least. As a matter of fact Detroit’s numbers were impressive, except for the final score. Better 3rd down efficiency (56%), 100% Red Zone efficiency, more total net yards, plays ran and yards per play.
However, this just might add to the coaching and play calling ability of Jason Garrett. It does seem as if the Cowboys are willing to take chances, exploit weaknesses and make the most of every opportunity. In many ways, the Jason Garrett led Cowboys are many ways much like Bryan McCann himself…Trying to prove their worth and earn their keep.
The game had many notable moments, in addition to the Cowboy’s first home win, but first time this season to have consecutive wins. Plus the team’s longest TD drive (98 yards), longest drive in terms of plays (16), Marion Barber has his longest run of the season (28 yds); however, there was also the first fumble by Felix Jones. Emmitt Smith was also honored for his Hall of Fame induction and received his ring during the ceremony.