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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Drive of the game: Defense gets stop

By Todd Archer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Last week at Baltimore, the Cowboys’ defense had numerous opportunities to make plays to help steal a victory and could not come up with the stop.

On Sunday in Carolina, the defense got that stop when the Cowboys absolutely needed it, trailing 14-13 with 8:54 left in the game.

You might want to slide some credit to the Panthers for helping, as well.

On first-and-10 from the Carolina 18, Cam Newton missed an open fullback Mike Tolbert down the seam for what would have been a big play. On second down, DeMarcus Ware did a good job causing some traffic on a 4-yard screen pass to tight end Greg Olsen, allowing Orlando Scandrick and Dan Connor to make the tackle.

Guard Amini Silatolu helped with a false start penalty to turn a third-and-6 into a third-and-11. The Cowboys were able to pressure Newton on the next step and force a throw out of bounds.

With the ball at the Dallas 46, the Cowboys’ offense generated a 10-play, 44-yard drive that ended with Dan Bailey’s go-ahead field goal from 28 yards to make the score 16-14 with 3:25 to play.