Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass as Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Fall To 1-1 For Third Straight Year; Lose 16-17 To Chiefs


The Dallas Cowboys had their chances late, but a phantom pass interference call just before the two-minute warning robbed them of a final opportunity, as Kansas City escaped with a 17-16 victory Sunday at Arrowhead.

The Dallas defense came up big in the fourth quarter, holding the Chiefs to just 3 points off two late turnovers and forcing three straight 3-and-outs to hold the score at 17-14 with just under seven minutes to play.

Dallas got the ball back with just under seven minutes to play and the drive resulted in a 53-yard Dan Bailey field goal, his third of the game, closing the gap to 17-16 and giving the ball back to KC on their own 16-yard-line with 3:50 left on the clock.

Jamal Charles took over. Five carries for 38 yards put the Chiefs near mid-field facing 3rd-down-and-10 just before the two-minute warning. Morris Claiborne was called for pass interference on a Donnie Avery slant, effectively ending the game. Reply showed a clean coverage.

Charles finished the game with just 58 yards rushing; he got 47 of them on that final drive.

The Cowboys led at half 10-7 at half and went up 13-7 after receiving the second half kickoff. KC answered with a touchdown in its first possession of the second half.

Down 14-13, the Cowboys were driving late in the third quarter when change-of-pace back Lance Dunbar fumbled at the KC 47 and safety Eric Berry returned it to the Dallas 31. Three plays later, KC settled for a 40-yard field goal and a four-point lead.

In the next series, KC forced a sack-fumble on third down at the Dallas 31. Again the Dallas D stiffened, and a third-down sack by linebacker Bruce Carter pushed KC out of field goal range.

Dallas took over at their own 15. Bryant got behind coverage on second down and Romo hit him perfectly in stride down the right sideline, but the ball bounced off his hands. Two plays later they punted.

The loss puts Dallas at 1-1 for the third straight year under head coach Jason Garrett. Just two weeks into the young season, Kansas City matches its win total all of last year.

Bryant finished the game with 9 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown, nearly all of it coming in the first half of play. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith led all rushers with 57 yards, and the Cowboys were held to just 37 yards on the ground.

The Cowboys (1-1) host the St. Louis Rams (1-1) at AT&T Stadium next Sunday. The Rams are coming off a tough 31-24 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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  • Chiefswatch

    Yea it was totally that “phantom” PI call that Tim Ryan said straight up after looking at it was a “good call” and Tim Ryan is not a KC fan. Besides you act as if we did have to punt you would have for sure been able to drive on a defense that held you to 16 points. In reality you can Blame this loss on a Dallas squad that needs six turnovers to break the 20 point mark. Not to mention that your D is apparently not as awesome as the Chiefs.. Say what you want the Chiefs beat your mediocre over-hyped Dallas cowboys. A team you previously said should just cruise by the Chiefs…lol homer

    • jayhwk01

      If Dallas converts as they should they do cruise today, but they didn’t convert and that is on Dallas as much as anything the Chiefs did. The shame of it is Dallas has more explosive athletes in more positions and continue to not get it done. Either way Chiefs hung around long enough to let Dallas’ mistakes kill them and that was enough today.

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        The sky is falling Dallas. Jay hawk I appreciate your passion, but it is making the water muddy for you. Stating that Dallas has more explosive athletes at more positions is your passion getting in the way of the truth. Bryant was definitely better than B-flow today, other than that I’m not buying it.

      • Chiefswatch

        Never mind the Chiefs also did not convert when they should have. The punted how many times? The truth is you and most other Dallas fan morons think their team is way better than they are. Teams don’t beat themselves in the NFL. If the Chiefs lost they would be saying the same shit…..If we didn’t punt a million times, if we converted more than (insert number) thirds downs, if we didn’t get that FG blocked, if we ran Charles more than three times in a half, if Alex Smith would occasionally throw the ball deep or to Dwayne Bowe, if the OC would mix it up more or use the play makers, if Andy Reid would be better managing the clock when we want to close out a game……both teams make mistakes but only one team pays for them with a loss. So go on believing you won but for some reason the column shows a L…

        • jayhwk01

          Given the pointless venom you have successfully disqualified yourself from any reasonable discourse. That and the fact that if “The point” resided at “X ” you inexplicably find yourself

          “here” . There really is little point in discussing the game or much anything else with you as you seem to not be able to follow along. With that I leave you to simmer in your own vitriol.

  • Poeistheman

    Hearing a lot of excuses for bad Dallas QB play late in the game and a Chiefs defense that stepped up. How about some ownership. The Dallas offensive line couldn’t budge the Chiefs D line to get a running game going. How about some commentary on that. Rule #1 about playing sports, no excuses about bad calls. This was a weak-sauce post John Bankston. Weak-sauce indeed.

  • DTVTechGuy

    Wondering why we keep hearing about the PI call… What about the HORRIBLE PI call on the Berry interception… Even bringing up the refs is a giant and shi**y excuse. Ya’ll got beat.