Cowboys 35 - 49ers 22
OK, that was taking care of business. The Dallas Cowboys absolutely had to beat the San Francisco 49ers at home to keep the push for the playoffs alive. They got the job done with a 35 - 22 victory. We started out a little slow but the defense didn't break and forced two FG's early on, setting the tone. After San Fran squandered those early opportunities, Tony Romo and Terrell Owens took over the game. T.O. ended up with 213 yards on 7 catches and 1 TD. Just a monster game.
The defense played very well during the meaty portion of the game but got a little lackadaisical late giving up cosmetic points. Dallas was able to sack Shaun Hill four times and had him under pressure for good portions of the game. They could have been a little sharper with their tackles as Hill escaped another three or four sacks, but in general they were able to get a pass rush while also shutting down Frank Gore who was a non-factor in the game. Zach Thomas got a fumble recovery and the much-maligned Anthony Henry got an INT.
On offense, Dallas had some trouble running the ball but the big plays to Terrell Owens and Romo shifting in the pocket to avoid the rush was too much for the 49ers defense. Romo still is occasionally having troubles on throws but he was able to hit the big plays downfield.
A good win for the Cowboys. A confidence builder for Romo, T.O. and for the defense. Even the special teams got a little action with Carlos Polk blocking a punt for a safety and Nick Folk was money on four FG's (although his kickoffs are still suffering.)
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