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FINAL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
1st Quarter
Drive: 7 plays, 78 yards in 3:25
Key Plays:
  Carter 14-yard pass to Bryant to Dallas 41
  21-yard pass interference penalty on Lions' Walker to Detroit 38
  15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Lions' Rogers to Detroit 20
2nd Quarter
Drive: 7 plays, 83 yards in 3:18
Key Plays:
  Hambrick 10-yard run plus 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Lions' Green to Dallas 42
  Hambrick 14-yard run plus 15-yard facemask penalty on Lions' Harris to Detroit 29
  Hambrick 1-yard run on 4th-and-1 to Detroit 19
Drive: 1 plays, 8 yards in :06
Key Plays:
  Coakley 24-yard interception return to Detroit 8
3rd Quarter
Drive: 14 plays, 81 yards in 7:27
Key Plays:
  Carter 13-yard pass to Bryant to Detroit 30
  Hambrick 3-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to Detroit 33
  Carter 23-yard pass to Bryant on 3rd-and-2 to Detroit 2
4th Quarter
Drive: 12 plays, 59 yards in 6:35
Key Plays:
  Carter 5-yard pass to Glenn on 3rd-and-3 to Detroit 43
  Carter 18-yard pass to Glenn to Detroit 33
  Anderson 18-yard run to Detroit 15
  Anderson 14-yard run to Detroit 3
Cowboys Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
Carter, Quincy25181903023
Hutchinson, Chad218008
Lions Att Cmp Yds Td Int Lg
McMahon, Mike205510126
Harrington, Joey13530028
Cowboys Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Hambrick, Troy24743.1141
Anderson, Richie7527.4180
Carter, Quincy2136.5100
Cason, Aveion600.090
Martin, Jamar100.000
Bryant, Antonio1-2-2.000
Hutchinson, Chad2-3-1.500
Lions Att Yds Avg Lg Td
Gary, Olandis11373.470
Bryson, Shawn6203.360
McMahon, Mike3186.0120
Hakim, Az-Zahir188.080
Cowboys Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Glenn, Terry67512.5203
Bryant, Antonio45714.3230
Anderson, Richie331.050
Campbell, Dan22814.0180
Cason, Aveion22010.0120
Hambrick, Troy2157.580
Lions Rec Yds Avg Lg Td
Anderson, Scotty3279.0140
Schlesinger, Cory3155.080
Bryson, Shawn294.550
Schroeder, Bill12626.0260
Hakim, Az-Zahir144.040
Tackles-Solo-Assists Sacks-Yds (unofficial)
Cowboys T S A Sk-Yd
Coakley, Dexter9720-0
Nguyen, Dat7610-0
Woodson, Darren5320-0
Glover, La'Roi2201-7
Williams, Roy2200-0
Ekuban, Ebenezer2110-0
Newman, Terence2110-0
Ogbogu, Eric1100-0
Scott, Lynn1100-0
James, Bradie1100-0
Ross, Derek1100-0
Hunter, Pete1100-0
Ellis, Greg1010-0
Stewart, Daleroy1010-0
Lions T S A Sk-Yd
Holmes, Earl10640-0
Rogers, Shaun8530-0
Green, Barrett7520-0
Walker, Brian6330-0
Bailey, Boss6330-0
Harris, Corey5501-1
Smith, Otis5410-0
Hall, James5230-0
Babers, Rod4310-0
Wilkinson, Dan4220-0
Walker, Bracy2200-0
Porcher, Robert1100-0
Davis, James1100-0
Pritchett, Kelvin1010-0
Bly, Dre1010-0
Cowboys INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Edwards, Mario12727.0271
Coakley, Dexter12424.0240
Ross, Derek100.000
Lions INT Yds Avg Lg Td
Cowboys No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Gowin, Toby520841.61249
Lions No. Yds Avg TB In20 Lg
Harris, Nick726638.00147
Punt Returns
Cowboys No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Smith, Zuriel6193.290
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Swinton, Reggie2157.580
Kickoff Returns
Cowboys No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Smith, Zuriel11818.0180
Cason, Aveion11616.0160
Lions No. Yds Avg Lg Td
Swinton, Reggie711416.3250
Cowboys XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Cundiff, Billy5/51/123 
Lions XP/XPA FG/FGA Dist(Made/Fail)
Hanson, Jason1/10/0
Cowboys No. Lost Forced O D
Hambrick, Troy11000
Cason, Aveion10000
Smith, Zuriel10010
Nguyen, Dat00100
Coleman, Kenyon00001
James, Bradie00010
Lions No. Lost Forced O D
McMahon, Mike11000
Harris, Corey00100
Bly, Dre00001
Referee- Terry Mcaulay, Umpire- Brian Balliet, Head linesman- Jerry Bergman, Line judge- Byron Boston, Field judge- Lee Dyer, Side judge- Larry Rose, Back judge- Billy Smith
Attendance - Time
61,160 ; 3:10
Team Statistics CowboysLions
First downs259
3rd-Down Efficiency5 - 145 - 15
4th-Down Efficiency1 - 20 - 1
Total Net Yards331157
Total Plays7155
Average Gains4.72.9
Net Yards Rushing13483
Average Per Rush3.14.0
Net Yards Passing19774
Completed-Attempted19 - 2710 - 33
Yards Per Pass7.02.2
Sacked-Yards Lost1 - 11 - 7
Had Intercepted03
Punts-Average5 - 41.67 - 38.0
Return Yardage7015
Punts-Returns6 - 192 - 15
Kickoffs-Returns2 - 347 - 114
Interceptions-Returns3 - 510 - 0
Penalties-Yards6 - 659 - 96
Fumbles-Lost3 - 11 - 1
Time Of Possession37:2122:39

News: 10/20/03

Joey Harrington was moving backward, much like his team, after another Dallas Cowboy intercepted another one of his passes. The Cowboy, Mario Edwards, was charging hard and Harrington, near the goal line, dropped to make a tackle. Forget it. Edwards burst through his grasp and was gone. Just like the game.

And just like the season.

Done. Finished. Over. It's mop-up time now. The Lions' year is not officially complete; you just wish it were. Sunday's loss to the Cowboys not only left the team a miserable 1-5 -- the only victory coming against the worst team in the league, excluding Detroit -- but it also filled the booing Lions fans with something they didn't figure to have so soon.

Buyer's remorse.

They have it for the coach, Steve Mariucci, who has now helmed six Lions games and the team has gotten -- who knew this was possible? -- worse. His quarterback has less confidence than when he started, his receivers couldn't shake salt much less a defender, his defensive backs are now watching Quincy Carter -- Quincy Carter! -- slice them to pieces, and when his players can't come up with any new ways to screw things up, they draw penalties. On a Dallas field goal, the Lions were called for a unsportsmanlike conduct. On a field goal? The Cowboys scored a touchdown the very next play.

Outcoached? You bet they were outcoached. Outworked. Outsmarted. Outhustled, too. And across the sidelines, wearing headsets and a star on his jacket, was a guy who reportedly once wanted to come to Detroit and was rebuffed.

His name is Bill Parcells. His new team, barely better than the Lions last year, has won five games in a row and is atop its division. Detroit is in the basement.

I don't want to say the contrast was obvious, but given the meek way the Lions played Sunday, you were tempted to call the game "Dallas Does Debbie."

Parcells' winning formula

Let's ask the obvious: How can Parcells take over a bad team -- 5-11 its last three seasons -- and turn it around so fast, while Mariucci takes over a bad team and it is still, well, a bad team?

Answer: Parcells has done it before. He has a track record of rebuilding, in New York, in New England, and now in the Big D. He has a philosophy, an attitude, and, perhaps most importantly, a clear idea of what kind of players will win for him and what kind won't. He has transformed Carter from a boo-bird favorite into an effective machine gun. He has no real running game -- same as the Lions -- but unlike the Lions, he has receivers who can catch. So he plays to that. Remember, this is the same Parcells who once won a Super Bowl running Ottis Anderson until he dropped. He adjusts to his talent.

He also knows how to keep his team focused. Consider this: The Lions were coming off a bye week. They were rested. They were at home. The Cowboys just finished an emotional victory over Philadelphia, they have Tampa Bay next week, and they were on the road. And early in the game, Dallas fumbled and Detroit's Dre' Bly returned it 67 yards for a 7-0 lead.

That should have deflated Dallas and ignited Detroit. Instead, the Cowboys steadily overcame it, and the Lions imploded. That's about mind-set.

And that falls on the coach.

"I take full responsibility," Mariucci said after the 38-7 drubbing. "For the situations, for the energy, for the preparation, everything."

And he should. Mooch's honeymoon officially ended Sunday. No offense, but Marty Mornhinweg could go 1-5. Nobody in Detroit expected playoffs.

But they have the right to expect improvement.

Harrington reaches crossroad

Same goes for Harrington, who was all but booed off the field. He had five completions, one sack, no touchdowns and two interceptions, and was benched for the first time in his NFL career with a 7.1 quarterback rating for the game. Most people don't understand that statistic, but they know 7.1 ain't good.

Still, did anyone ever think Lions fans would have buyer's remorse over first-round pick Harrington -- in favor of Quincy Carter, a second-round pick out of Georgia? It only shows you what certain guys can do under certain coaches. Detroit may have a little quarterback controversy this week -- not that Mike McMahon was any better; he came in during the second quarter and didn't complete a pass until the fourth -- which puts young Harrington at a crossroad.

But this job is his. Or it should be. Mariucci said, "We have two young developing quarterbacks," and when I heard that, I winced. When a coach starts talking about two quarterbacks, it means he doesn't have any.

If you ask me, Joey should get angry. Fight back. Be ticked off he was pulled. He was awful Sunday but his receivers aren't helping. They drop his passes. They give him almost no separation. Somebody remind me exactly why Az-Zahir Hakim is getting all that money?

Besides, somebody needs to get angry around here -- besides the fans. Sunday was as embarrassing as anything in the Fontes, Ross or Mornhinweg eras.

And that's saying something.

"This game was surprising to me," Mariucci said, "and I'm sure it was to everyone in that stadium."

Speak for yourself, Mooch. This isn't our first rodeo.


The Dallas Cowboys continued their amazing turnaround under Bill Parcells, embarrassing the lowly Detroit Lions, 38-7, for their fifth straight victory.

Quincy Carter threw three first-half touchdown passes to Terry Glenn as Dallas rolled to a 28-7 halftime lead. Troy Hambrick added a TD run in the second half to punctuate the victory.

Carter completed 18-of-25 passes for 191 yards, helping the Cowboys (5-1) to a 331-157 advantage in total yardage. With the third-rated offense and defense in the NFL, Dallas held a 25-9 cushion in first downs and had the ball for more than 37 minutes.

Glenn had six receptions for 75 yards as the Cowboys extended their winning streak to five games for the first time since 1994. They were 5-11 each of the previous three seasons until Parcells took over as coach.

While Parcells has led Dallas to first place in the NFC East, the league's four other first-year coaches entered Sunday a combined 5-17. Detroit's Steve Mariucci is one of them. He is just 1-5.

The Lions (1-5), who were coming off a bye week, lost their fifth consecutive game.

Joey Harrington was only 5-of-13 for 30 yards with two interceptions for Detroit before being replaced by an equally ineffective Mike McMahon, who was 5-of-20 for 51 yards with a fumble and interception.

The Lions were without wideout Charles Rogers, their first-round draft pick who broke his collarbone in practice last week.

Scott's Game Commentary:

How bad can it get for the honolulu blue and silver? Two of their five victories the past two seasons have come thanks to the Dallas Cowboys. This year with Bill Parcells under the helm, the Dallas Cowboys just annilated the Lions. It was so bad that I left the game at half time for the second time in 13 years. Yes, that's how bad the Lions were playing. Joey Harrington, who I have always maintained the Lions should not of drafted, had by far his worst game of his NFL career. Harrington telegraphed two interceptions that led to 14 points in the 1st half. How bad was it for Joey? The boo birds were loud and clear and it definitely had to strike a nerve with Harrington. Welcome to Detroit Joey! Your honeymoon is officially over. Besides Harrington's disasterous day, the rest of the team wasn't much better. Dallas had almost three times as many first downs as the Lions, doubled the Lions in yardage and had the ball almost twice as long. Add it all up and it was one of the worst home losses in quite some time. At least two years ago when the Lions lost 35-0 to St. Louis on Monday Night Football, the Rams went on to win the Superbowl. This was the Dallas freaking Cowboys! I was planning on going to see the Lions/Bears game next week in Soldier Field, but that is being postponed to next year since I can think of a thousand better ways to spend my day than watch the two worst teams in the NFL play football.


*Offense: --- F-. If there was a grade lower than a "F-" I would give it to the offense. The offense didn't score a single point the entire game and had 157 total yards and 9 first downs the entire game! Joey Harrington is getting worse rather than better as the season progresses. It is safe to say thus far he has been a total bust being the #2 pick overall in the 2002 draft. Look at Dave Carr that was drafted right before Joey, or Patrick Ramsey who was drafted after Joey! Both QB's have made much greater strides so far than Harrington. Face it, the Lions have some curse when it comes to the QB position. Backup Mike McMahon did a lousy job taking over Harrington. Without Rogers, the Lions are huring at wide receiver. WR Bill Schroeder had one catch the entire game and has been nothing but a flop since coming to Detroit. I cannot the 2nd flop that Millen brought in: Az-Zahir Hakim who had one catch for four yards! All in all it was the worst offensive showing in several years.

*Defense: --- D-. The defense does not get a failing grade only because Dre Bly returned a fumble for the Lions only points of the game. Other than that, the defense had no answers for Quincy Carter who threw three touchdowns passes and looked nothing like the past two games he played against the Lions. Robert Porcher, who said last week that he will retire rather than play it out like Emmitt Smith, should stick to his word and retire after the season is over. It is quite clear that Porcher is a shell of what he once was and is no longer worthy of being a starter.

*Special Teams: --- F. The special teams really miss Jett and Drummond. I will leave it at that! After the special teams recovered a fumble, there was a penalty that negated the turnover. That is just how the game went for the honolulu blue and silver.

*Coaching: --- F. Maricucci said it himself that the blame should be placed on him. He forgot to mention that the blame should all go to Matt Millen for putting the Lions into this mess in the first place. As bad as the Lions have been the past few years, they never played so poorly to an opponent they were expected to beat at the beginnging of the year.

*Overall: --- F-. Maricucci said he hopes this was rock bottom. Mooch, I have bad news for you, this is not rock bottom. At 1-5 the Lions are the 2nd worst team in the NFL with only the Atlanta Falcons being worse. Next weeks game aginst the Bears in Soldier Field will be a struggle, although the Bears are just as pathetic as the Lions. If the Lions do not want to end up with another 3-13 record, they better find a way to win next week since it will be the only road game they might have a chance of winning. The only excuse that the Lions have is they are banged up more than any other team in the NFL. It does not help that your starting RB, WR and two CB's are all out for the year along with your starting returner. Unfortunately, that is how it has been around here since Millen took over. With all of Millen's free agent flops, you add it all up and the Lions are the worst team the past three seasons in the NFL. Thank goodness I can fall back on my 7-1 Spartans who are a top the Big Ten.

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