Monday, February 1, 2010
How the Cowboys did in Pro Bowl
By Calvin Watkins
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ The Cowboys had nine players elected to the Pro Bowl in one form or another. Center Andre Gurode didn't show up because of knee surgery.
Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (left foot) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff (elbows) are also scheduled to undergo surgeries.
Now, for the game, won by the AFC, 41-34.
Tony Romo completed 13 of 18 passes for 154 yards with one interception for the NFC. Romo didn't come in until the second half and threw a pick to end a the last NFC drive of the game with 2:07 to play in the fourth quarter.
"I would say that the tempo picked up a little bit on the [AFC] defensive line," Romo said after the game. "I think Ray Lewis got to them to pick it up. It was still an enjoyable experience."
Wide receiver Miles Austin, making his first Pro Bowl appearance, had six catches for 49 yards. Tight end Jason Witten had three catches for 49 yards. Cornerback Terence Newman finished with a team-high six tackles and one tackle for loss. Cornerback Mike Jenkins, the Florida native making his first Pro Bowl appearance, had five tackles and one pass breakup. Ratliff had two tackles and a pass breakup, and Ware had three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Ware even was credited with a special teams tackle. Leonard Davis was also in the game starting at right guard.
Here's Austin on the experience: "I’ve got my family out here with me. It’s obviously a very important thing to me. That being said, I’ve got a lot more work to do to get ready for next year. So I can enjoy this now but the goal is really to be playing in the Super Bowl. But I’ll take this in exchange if I can’t be playing in the Super Bowl."