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FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
1st Quarter
Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards in 3:58
Key Plays:
  Jones 12-yard run to Detroit 43
  Harrington 39-yard pass to Hakim to Dallas 11
  Harrington 10-yard pass to Alexander to Dallas 1
Drive: 15 plays, 83 yards in 9:55
Key Plays:
  George 5-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Dallas 31
  Testaverde 12-yard pass to Witten on 3rd-and-6 to Detroit 43
  Testaverde 8-yard pass to Witten to Detroit 31
  Testaverde 7-yard pass to Whitten to Detroit 21
  Testaverde 6-for-6 for 58 yards
  Witten 5 receptions for 52 yards
2nd Quarter
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 6:24
Key Plays:
  George 21-yard run to Dallas 48
  Testaverde 8-yard pass to George to Detroit 44
  Testaverde 7-yard run on 4th-and-3 to Detroit 28
3rd Quarter
Drive: 1 plays, 46 yards in :23
Key Plays:
  Lee 52-yard kickoff return to Detroit 46
  43-yard pass interference penalty on Lions' Cash to Detroit 3
DALLAS 21-14
4th Quarter
Drive: 9 plays, 31 yards in 4:42
Key Plays:
  Dallas takes over on downs at Dallas 47
  George 4-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Detroit 40
  Testaverde 16-yard pass to Johnson to Detroit 23
DALLAS 24-14
Drive: 3 plays, 78 yards in 1:30
Key Plays:
  Harrington 15-yard pass to Alexander to Detroit 37
  Harrington 13-yard pass to Hakim to midfield
DALLAS 24-21
Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards in 3:35
Key Plays:
  Testaverde 30-yard pass to Newman on 3rd-and-8 to Detroit 40
DALLAS 31-21
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Harrington, Joey32192552150
Cowboys Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Testaverde, Vinny24192353338
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Jones, Kevin11363.3120
Bryson, Shawn242.020
Harrington, Joey1-1-1.000
Cowboys Att Yds Avg Lg Td
George, Eddie31993.2210
Williams, Randal11313.0130
Testaverde, Vinny2105.071
Anderson, Richie750.750
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Hakim, Az-Zahir49022.5390
Jones, Kevin4112.851
Swinton, Reggie23316.5240
Alexander, Stephen22512.5150
Streets, Tai2168.0110
Bryson, Shawn2147.070
Kircus, David15050.0501
Fitzsimmons, Casey199.090
Trejo, Stephen177.070
Cowboys Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Witten, Jason9849.3171
Johnson, Keyshawn38026.7382
Anderson, Richie22110.5140
George, Eddie2147.080
Barnes, Darian263.050
Newman, Terence13030.0300
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Holmes, Earl151140-0
Lehman, Teddy8710-0
Rogers, Shaun5410-0
Walker, Bracy5320-0
Lewis, Alex4401-5
Marion, Brock4310-0
Redding, Cory4220-0
Bly, Dre3300-0
Hall, James3120-0
Wilkinson, Dan2200-0
DeVries, Jared2200-0
Bell, Marcus2200-0
Cash, Chris2200-0
Pritchett, Kelvin2110-0
Rainer, Wali2110-0
Edwards, Kalimba1100-0
Davis, James1010-0
Cowboys T S A Sk-Yd
Williams, Roy8710-0
Jones, Nathan5501-10
Coakley, Dexter5410-0
Singleton, Al3210-0
Newman, Terence3210-0
Nguyen, Dat3210-0
Glover, La'Roi2200-0
Scott, Lynn2200-0
Carson, Leonardo2110-0
Wiley, Marcellus1010-0
James, Bradie1010-0
Lions INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Bly, Dre28542.5551
Marion, Brock11212.0120
Cowboys INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Frazier, Lance100.000
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Harris, Nick520140.22146
Cowboys No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
McBriar, Mat210050.00150
Punt Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Eddie12525.0250
Cowboys No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Frazier, Lance15555.0550
Crayton, Patrick100.000
Kickoff Returns
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Drummond, Eddie58416.8230
Cowboys No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Lee, ReShard38528.3520
Copper, Terrance12121.0210
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason3/30/0
Cowboys XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Cundiff, Billy4/41/140 
Referee- Pete Morelli, Umpire- Chad Brown, Head linesman- George Hayward, Line judge- Darryll Lewis, Field judge- Jim Saracino, Side judge- Rob Vernatchi, Back judge- Don Dorkowski
Attendance - Time
63,616 ; 3:02
Team Statistics LionsCowboys
First downs1522
3rd-Down Efficiency3 - 99 - 15
4th-Down Efficiency0 - 11 - 2
Total Net Yards284357
Total Plays4766
Average Gains6.05.4
Net Yards Rushing39127
Average Per Rush2.83.1
Net Yards Passing245230
Completed-Attempted19 - 3219 - 24
Yards Per Pass7.49.2
Sacked-Yards Lost1 - 101 - 5
Had Intercepted13
Punts-Average5 - 40.22 - 50.0
Return Yardage12255
Punts-Returns1 - 252 - 55
Kickoffs-Returns5 - 844 - 106
Interceptions-Returns3 - 971 - 0
Penalties-Yards10 - 1125 - 35
Fumbles-Lost0 - 00 - 0
Time Of Possession21:1738:43


When it counted, Vinny Testaverde came up big.

Testaverde passed for three touchdowns and ran for a score as the Dallas Cowboys posted a 31-21 victory over the upstart Detroit Lions.

The 41-year-old signal caller engineered a 15-play, 83-yard drive on the Cowboys' first possession, completing all six of his passes for 58 yards.

On the Cowboys' next score, Testaverde picked up a first down on a 4th-and-3 with a seven-yard run to the Detroit 35 before finishing the drive with a 26-yard scoring pass to Keyshawn Johnson, who bounced off a defender at the 12 and went in to tie the game at 14-14.

"That's a play where I just tell the center if it's there, that he and I are going to just take off," said Testaverde of the quarterback draw. "That was a big first down for us."

On the third play of the third quarter, Testaverde ran around right end for a three-yard TD, his first rushing score since 1998.

"I'm pretty sure any of you (the media) could have scored on that one," joked Testaverde.

After Detroit moved within 24-21 with 5:29 remaining on a 50-yard pass by Joey Harrington to David Kircus, Testaverde converted a 3rd-and-8 pass for 30 yards to rookie Patrick Crayton and then hit Johnson on a 38-yard scoring play to end any hopes of a Detroit comeback.

But Testaverde, who completed 19-of-24 passes, also kept the Lions in the game by throwing three interceptions. His first, a throw in the left flat, was returned 55 yards for a touchdown by cornerback Dre' Bly in the second quarter, giving Detroit a 14-7 lead.

"Those interceptions were not (Testaverde's) fault," said Cowboys' coach Bill Parcells. "He was double-crossed on two of them. He made plays when he had to and obviously the one at the end to (Johnson) was a big one."

The Dallas defense played inspired after allowing 480 yards to Green Bay last week and yielded scores on the Packers' first seven possessions.

After allowing a 74-yard scoring drive on the game's first possession, the defense allowed just 54 yards the rest of the half and 284 for the game.

"Our defense certainly played better than we did last week," added Parcells. "We were able to make plays when we had to."

With just under 12 minutes left in the game and the Lions facing a 3rd-and-1 at the Dallas 38, safety Roy Williams blitzed and blocked a pass by Harrington. Detroit went for it on fourth down but Nate Jones sacked Harrington on a corner blitz. That play led to a 40-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff for a 24-14 lead with 6:59 left.

Tight end Jason Witten, who had eight catches for 112 yards last week against the Packers, caught nine passes for 84 yards and a TD for Dallas, which snapped its first three-game losing streak under Parcells.

"We knew coming in there was going to be a lot of responsibility on the tight ends," said Witten about playing without injured receivers Terry Glenn and Quincy Morgan. "I knew my role would be a little more, but I didn't know it would be that much."

Eddie George ran for a season-high 100 yards on 31 carries and Johnson caught three passes for 80 yards for Dallas, which rolled up 357 yards, 22 first downs and almost 39 minutes in time of possession.

"I appreciate the opportunity to go out there and help the team win," said George. "I just want to contribute in any way possible. I have to take my hat off to the line up front. They did an outstanding job."

Harrington, who entered the game with the league's best fourth-quarter passer rating (129.7), couldn't rally the Lions, who were attempting to open the season 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1956. He completed 19-of-32 for 255 yards but was just 4-for-7 in the final period. He had two touchdowns and one interception.

"We just didn't do it today," said Harrington. "We had our chances but you've got to give them credit."

The Lions played without leading receiverr Roy Williams, who grew up in Odessa, Texas and starred at the University of Texas, but was out due to a sprained ankle.

Scott's Game Commentary:

After watching my Spartans pull a colossal choke job against Michigan, the last thing I wanted to see was the Lions blow a golden opportunity on the road. But, the honolulu blue and silver did just that. After getting off to a quick 7-0 lead, the Offense was in hibernation until they were down 10 late in the game. It did not help matters when Roy Williams, still recovering from a ankle sprain, did not play. The Defense had their up's and down's for the game. Dre Bly had two interceptions, one which gave the Lions a 14-7 lead. Unfortunately, they had one too many break downs and a few costly penalties including a 43 yard pass interference call on Chris Cash in the 3rd quarter that ended up leading to the go head touchdown for the Cowboys. But, the biggest disappointment by far was the play of the special teams. They could not of played any worse! Twice the Cowboys had long run backs. The Special Teams had a golden opportunity to pin the Cowboys at the one, but failed to do so. Shaun Rogers was called for a false start that negated a field goal opportunity. And last but not least, the Lions were called for running into the kicker that resulted in a 35 yard difference. Still, with all of the Special Teams miscues, the Lions were only down 3 late in the game thanks to WR David Kircus's 50 yard touchdown late in the fourth. The Defense had their opportunities to stop the Cowboys, but Dallas burned them twice on 3rd down, the last play resulting in a Keyshawn Johnson touchdown to put the game away. With Minnesota getting blown out by the Giants, the Lions could have been back in first.


*Offense: --- C. The opening drive was a work of art as Harrington lead the Offense to a 74 touchdown drive. After that, the Offense did nothing until they were down 10 late in the game. Without Roy Williams, Harrington passed to 9 different receivers. RB Kevin Jones continues to be a disappointment, at lest in my eyes. He had only 36 yards for the day. With a chance to tie the game in the fourth, the Offense had a 3rd and 1 in Cowboys territory. Harrington's pass got batted down which setup a 4th and 1. Sure enough, Harrington gets sacked and Dallas goes on to kick a field goal that put the Lions down 10. How many times have we seen this year where the Lions cannot gain one or two yards when they need it most? The offensive line has been a disappointment so far this season.

*Defense: --- C-. The defense came up with three turnovers, but other than that played miserably. Dre Bly's one of two interceptions gave the Lions a 14-7 lead in the 2nd quarter. Dallas converted several key third down conversion during the game and had two long drives that gave them a 17 minute advantage on the time of possession. With the Lions down only 3 late in the game, the Defense gave up two big third down conversions the last one resulting in a 38 yard touchdown pass for Keshawn Johnson. It is hard to figure out why the Defense has been so inconsistent thus far this year. There are no excuses to give up 31 points to a Dallas team that has had a hard time scoring all year, but hold an explosive Giants offense in check.

*Special Teams: --- F. By far the worst performance of the year for the Special Teams. They were just awful! It has been quite a long time since they gave up two long returns, a field goal attempted wiped out by a penalty, botched punt opportunities near the goal line and a running into the kicker penalty that cost them 35 yards. As has been the case with the other units, there is no rhyme or reason to explain what happened against the Cowboys. Hopefully this was a one game fluke or else the Lions will be in deep trouble the rest of the year.

*Coaching: --- D-. Mariucci has to do something about all the penalties. It got out of hand today as the Lions had 10 penalties for 112 yards. That is inexcusable! It was quite apparent against the Cowboys that the Lions were not ready to run plays on both offense and defense. Taking a time out because there was only 10 players on the field for a PAT is just ridiculous. That comes down to coaching.

*Overall: --- F. The Lions had a great chance to move into first place with the Minnesota Vikings, but once again blew a golden opportunity. Dallas came in 2-4 and on a three game losing streak. If there ever was a road game that the Lions could and should have won, this was it. But, when you commit 10 penalties and commit numerous special team mistakes, you aren't going to win many ball games. Like I said last week, I expected reality to set in and sure enough it did. The Lions find themselves alone in 2nd place at 4-3, but only a 1/2 game ahead of the surging Packers. Up next are the reeling Washington Redskins. There is no reason at all to think anything less than a victory. I fully expect the Lions to break their two game home losing streak and get back on track with two very tough road games on the horizon: Jacksonville and Minnesota. As has been the case throughout this 2004 season, you do not what team is going to show up. Jacksonville, Minnesota and Detroit all looked stellar last week, but the complete opposite this week. Splitting those two road games should hopefully leave the Lions 6-4 heading into Thanksgiving against the Colts.

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