The Dallas Cowboys welcomed the Oakland Raiders into AT&T stadium. The Cowboys strutted onto the field wearing their blue uniforms. Oakland won the coin toss and deferred, giving the Cowboys the first chance to get their offense on the field. On the kick off, Terrance Williams coughs up the ball and Oakland’s Greg Jenkins recovers the fumble and runs it into the end zone for a touchdown. It took Oakland all of 12 seconds to stun the Cowboys and take a 7-0 lead.
The Cowboys go three and out, and this was starting to look all too familiar.
Oakland goes three and out. The Cowboys seemed to have figured something out on the defense.
The Cowboys are forced to punt. Special teams looked very good pinning the Raiders deep in their own territory. A bad center/quarterback exchange and the ball was on the ground. Rashad Jennings had a chance at the loose ball but could not hold on to it and Kyle Wilbur secured the ball for Dallas on the 2 yard line.
DeMarco Murray gets a big block from Tyron Smith and carries the ball for four yards and a Dallas touchdown. The game was tied at 7-7.
It was a good quarter for Jeff Heath. Heath tackled well and was always around the ball.
The Raiders took charge in the second quarter scoring twice with Rashad Jennings rushing for two touchdowns, making the score 21-7. To this point of the game the Cowboys allowed 7 consecutive third down conversions. The Raiders were in complete control in the second quarter allowing just three plays for the Cowboys.
Dallas gets the ball back with 1:48 left in the first half. Tony Romo generals the Cowboy offense and moves the ball directly downfield. Murray rushes for 4 yards and gets the ball into the end zone for his second touchdown of the afternoon. 21-14 Oakland.
There were ten seconds left on the clock when the Raiders got the ball back. McGloin took a knee with 7 seconds left on the clock and took a lead into the locker room.
Brandon Carr was targeted with good success by the Raider’s quarterback. Matt McGloin was more than adequate in his reads and on target with his passes.
The third quarter had the Raiders receiving the kickoff. Nothing doing for the Raider’s offensive and they are forced to punt.
With some really good running by Lance Dunbar the Cowboys march down the field. Tony Romo hooks up with Dez Bryant, who makes a great catch, and scores a four yard touchdown. The game was tied at 21-21.
Dallas controls the ball for most of the third quarter and Lance Dunbar shines. Dunbar has his best game of the year, rushing for a season high 76 yards, all in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Cowboys continued the march downfield and Murray scores from seven yards out for his third touchdown of the game. The Cowboys had scored 21 unanswered points.
The Raiders got the ball back and the Dallas defense is up to the task, holding them to another 3 and out.
The Cowboys run some time off the clock. The Raiders force them to punt. Oakland drives the ball downfield and looked prepared to make it a tie game. McGloin throws the ball into the end zone but Brandon Carr comes away with the first interception of the game.
Dunbar is hurt on a quick pitch to the left side by Tracy Porter. Romo goes on a tear and completes 11 passes in a row. From the eight, Tony finds Dez for a five yard gain. Oakland uses their last time out. Dan Bailey kicks a field goal and the Cowboys have a ten point lead, 31-21.
On the next Raider’s drive Brandon Carr is once again victimized for a big play. Sebastian Janikowski kicks a 45 yard field goal making it 31-24. The Raiders have to do two re-kicks. Janikowski tries the onside kick but Jeff Heath covers up the ball allowing the offense to come in and take a knee for their second straight win. The defense came to life in this game and played well after giving up 14 second quarter points. Tony was near perfect after a slow start. The running game with Murray and Dunbar was a real factor. Romo gathered up the troops and lead them off into the sunset, winners.