Jerry Jones: Defense 'won the game for us'

September, 24, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Near the end of the fourth quarter, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware got down in a catcher's stance and slammed both fists to the ground.

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His strip sack of Josh Freeman fired up a crowd of more than 80,000 at Cowboys Stadium and sent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and the rest of the Bucs' offense staggering off the field.

It was the whipped cream to the Dallas Cowboys' 16-10 victory Sunday.

Dez Bryant's 44-yard punt return was the cherry, but it was the Cowboys' defense -- unlike last week in Seattle -- that had a solid performance against a young and inspired Buccaneers team.

"They just bailed us out, just one of the best days," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said. "It's a shame (Tampa Bay scored on) that last drive, but that's to their credit. They were still competing. Our defense was just outstanding all day and arguably won the game for us."

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Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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