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article imageNFL: Cowboys get pass Broncos with 24-23 victory at home

By Austin Tyler     Aug 12, 2011 in Sports
Dallas - This game was filled with all kinds of drama coming into it from if Tony Romo will be okay after missing 10 months to if Tim Tebow can prove his critics wrong. This week is for the back-ups and rookies so we have to wait to get out answers.
The Denver Broncos went to Dallas to take on the Dallas Cowboys this past Thursday night. The game was close from beginning to end, but it was the back-ups and rookies that did most of the scoring for both of the teams.
The Broncos opened the game with the ball and Kyle Orton (2/6, 37 yards) leading the starting offense. Orton led the Broncos’ offense on a 74-yard drive that took 13 plays to take a three-point lead off a Matt Prater field-goal. The Broncos looked to get their running game going with a healthy dose of Knowshon Moreno (4 carries, 23 yards) and Willis McGahee (2 carries, 17 yards) doing some of the work of the opening drive.
The Cowboys opened their drive with Tony Romo (3/5, 33 yards) leading the way and he followed suit by leading them down the field 56 yards for a David Buehler 42-yard field-goal. Buehler’s field-goal tied the game up at three-points apiece.
Denver got the ball back and they had Tim Tebow (6/7, 91) leading the way after Orton sat down. The Broncos looked to get Tebow going early out of the shotgun as they tried to move the ball down the field. They also got help from LenDale White (4 carries, 10 yards) and Lance Ball (8 carries, 15 yards) who tried keep the drive going on the ground, but they only 7-yards before having to punt.
The Cowboys struggled on their new drive under Jon Kitna (3/4 23 yards) as they ended up punting the ball back to the Broncos. Tebow led the Broncos down the field and got them in field-goal range and Matt Prater kicked in a 42-yarder. Stephen McGee (14/24, 208, 3 TD’s, 1 INT) opened the next drive for the Cowboys but he only moved them 20-yards down the field before they punted the ball away.
Tebow opened the drive next drive for the Broncos and could not get them in position to score so they hand to punt the ball back to the Cowboys. McGee came out to led the Cowboys down the field, but that was short run when he had his passed picked off by Perrish Cox and returned for a 27 yards before being tackled. The Broncos looked to capitalize on the turnover, but had to settle for another Matt Prater field-goal with Tebow not even being able to move the ball. Prater’s third field-goal made it a 9-3 Denver lead.
The Cowboys got the ball back with .23 second left before halftime and McGee took a knee to end the half. Dallas opened the second half with the ball, but struggled to move the ball and ended up having to punt the ball away.
Brady Quinn (8/14, 120 yards, 1 TD) came in for the Broncos and took over the offense to start the second half. Quinn’s first two possessions were not much to see as he went three and out on both of them. After Quinn’s first series McGee took the Cowboys on a 8 play, 64-yard drive that ended with him hitting Raymond Radway for a six-yard touchdown pass. That touchdown put the Cowboys up 10-9.
Dallas came back out on offense and could not do much with the Broncos’ defense which forced them to punt. The Broncos took advantage of the Quinn making a long pass to Mark Dell (1 reception, 26 yards) which set up a Jeremiah Johnson (4 carries, 28 yards, 1 TD) 13-yard touchdown run. That run by Johnson gave the Broncos a 16-10 lead to open the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys answered right back with a score of their own on a McGee 76-yard pass to Dwayne Harris (5 receptions, 127 yards, 2 TD’s) who did most of the leg work on the touchdown. Harris’ touchdown tied the game up at 16 points apiece.
Quinn bounced back on the field and took the Denver Broncos on a 79-yard drive that took 14 plays for a touchdown. Quinn ended the drive with an 8-yard pass to Eron Riley (3 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD) that gave the Broncos a 23-16 lead.
McGee had a little over five-minutes left in the game and he drove the Cowboys down the field on an 80-yard drive that ended with him throwing another touchdown. McGee and Harris linked up again for another Cowboys’ touchdown, but this time it was just a 13-yard strike. The Cowboys did not leave much time on the clock and went for the win with a two-point conversion. Martin Rucker (2 catches, 29 yards) took the ball in and scored on a rollout pass.
With .15 seconds left in the game and the Broncos down 24-23 all they needed was to get in field-goal position. Quinn hit one pass to Virgil Green to get them closer to their mark, but Quinn’s next pass was incomplete and time ran out. The Cowboys gambled and took a 24-23 victory for their first pre-season win.
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