Slowed early, Jason Witten is big late

November, 24, 2011
11/24/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- For the second straight week Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten did not catch a pass in the first half. For the second straight second half he came up with big receptions to help the Cowboys pull out a victory.

On the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, Witten had a 23-yard pickup to the Miami 41 and a 6-yard catch on the next play to help the Cowboys hand the ball off to DeMarco Murray on the next five plays to set up the game-winning field goal.

“I’m always preaching to the young guys, ‘Keep your poise, stay composed,’ ” Witten said. “I had to stay with those words for most of the game, and it paid off right there at the end.”

As for the first-half shutouts, Witten said the time off will help.

“You just can’t put it off on [the coverage],” Witten said. “You’ve got to find a way to make plays. You’ve got to find a way to fix it. I’ll do that over the next few days, evaluate it. It’s something we’re not used to happening, and it’s happening. And it doesn’t need to be.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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