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article imageNFL: Detroit comes from behind again to beat Cowboys on the road

By Austin Tyler     Oct 3, 2011 in Sports
Arlington - The Detroit Lions have been looking bad in the first half these past two weeks, but seem to have what it takes to win big in the second half. Detroit took advantage of some poor passes to put themselves in position to win today’s game 34-30.
The Dallas Cowboys (2-2) hosted the undefeated Detroit Lions (4-0) this week in a game that might just prove how serious to take the Lions. It also was a measuring stick to see just how good the Cowboys will be this year. The Lions came from 17-points down last week against the Minnesota Vikings, and was down 17-0 in this game as well.
Detroit took the ball to start the game and Jahvid Best (11 carries, 47 yards) busted a 19-yard run that looked like it sparked the Lions. Two plays later the spark was knocked down as Matthew Stafford (21/43, 240 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 Int) threw an interception to give the Cowboys good field position. Gerald Sensabaugh intercepted the pass and took it back 11-yards before being tackled.
With the field in their favor the Cowboys moved the ball 50-yards on this drive in six plays. Tony Romo (34/47, 331 yards, 3 TD’s, 3 Int’s) Martellus Bennett (3 receptions, 22 yards) for a 15-yard gain, and then capped off the drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant (3 receptions, 37 yards, 2 TD’s). The score gave the Cowboys a early 7-0 lead to begin the game.
Detroit went three and out on their next possession being forced to punt the ball away. Dallas got the ball back and moved the ball 50-yards on this drive also. The only difference on this drive was they could not score. Felix Jones (16 carries, 57 yards) and Romo mixed the run and pass on this drive.
It was fourth and one on the Detroit one-yard line and the Cowboys decided to go for it. They handed the ball off to Jones who was stuffed for no gain and gave the Lions the ball. The Lions were able to move the ball 27-yards on this drive, but was forced to punt.
Romo and the Cowboys got the ball moving on this drive as Romo hit Laurent Robinson (7 receptions, 116 yards) with a 44-yard pass. On the next play Romo connected with Bryant again to take a 14-0 lead on a 6-yard pass.
Detroit had trouble on the ensuing drive as they actually lost eight yards on this drive before they had to punt the ball again. The Cowboys answered with a field-goal as moved the ball 21-yards on this drive. Romo hit Jason Witten (8 receptions, 94 yards, 1 TD) for a 14-yard gain, and then hit him again for an 8-yard pass that set up Dan Bailey for a 41-yard field-goal. The Cowboys took a 17-0 lead with 6:28 to go in the half.
The Lions was finally able to get something going on the offense as Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson (8 receptions, 96 yards, 2 TD’s) 12-yard pass to get the ball going. He then hit Best (2 receptions, 23 yards) 24-yard gain. The drive then stalled and Jason Hanson came in and made a 33-yard field-goal to make it a 17-3 game.
With 1:28 left in the half after both teams traded punts the Cowboys moved the ball 63-yards on this drive. Romo threw an 18-yard pass to Robinson, and then a 10-yard pass to Witten. Tashard Choice (6 carries, 39 yards) had a 14-yard run to set up a 35-yard field-goal. Bailey came on and kicked in the field-goal to give the Cowboys a 20-3 lead going into halftime.
Dallas got the ball to start the second half and came out moving it down the field after a big return. Romo moved the Cowboys 46-yards on the drive and connected with Witten for a touchdown to give them a 27-3 lead.
The Lions continued to struggle on offense as they could only move the ball 16-yards before they punted the ball away. On the ensuing drive the Lions defense stepped up and former Cowboy Bobby Carpenter intercepted the Romo pass and ran it back 34-yards for a touchdown. On the first play of the drive Romo tried to hit Bryant and Carpenter picked it off to make it a 27-10 game.
On the next drive the Cowboys came out trying to run the ball with Choice, and rookie Demarco Murray (4 carries 12 yards). Romo then dropped back and tried to hit Robinson with this pass, but Chris Houston intercepted it and took it back 56-yards for another Detroit defensive touchdown. The Lions were now back in the game as they were now only down by ten-points, 27-17.
The Cowboys gathered their composure and got the ball moving on this drive. Romo hit Bryant deep for a 34-yard pass, but the play was challenged by the Lions and reversed. Ndamukong Suh was called for a roughing the passer penalty which moved the Dallas offense a little. Romo later connected with Witten on a 37-yard pass that put them on the Detroit side of the field. Bailey then came on and made a 23-yard field-goal to give the Cowboys a 30-17 lead.
Detroit offense got a spark from the defense as they moved the ball 80-yard on this drive. Stafford hit Brandon Pettigrew (6 receptions, 64 yards) for a 22-yard pass. He then hit rookie Titus Young (3 receptions, 41 yards) for back-to-back 10-plus yard catches. Stafford finished the drive by hitting Johnson for a 23-yard touchdown pass. The Lions were now down 30-24 after the Stafford to Johnson connection.
With 7:36 left in the game the Lions got the ball moving again and got in position for a field-goal. Hanson came in and kicked in a 51-yard field-goal that made it a 30-27 game. On the ensuing drive the Romo threw his third interception that was picked off by Stephen Tulloch to give the Lions good field position.
Stafford started off the drive by connecting with Johnson for back-to-back passes for a combined 24-yard. Best then had back-to-back runs to keep the drive moving. Stafford then finished the drive off with another touchdown pass to Johnson. Johnson caught a 2-yard pass that put the Lions up 34-30 to finish their second comeback in 2 weeks.
The Cowboys tried to score on the ensuing drive, but the drive stalled as they tried to go for it on fourth down.
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