Sunday, December 5, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 38, Colts 35 (OT)
By Calvin Watkins
INDIANAPOLIS -- David Buehler's 38-yard field goal with 8:01 to play in overtime gave the Dallas Cowboys a 38-35 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
What it means: The Cowboys appear determined to finish 8-8, and that's a positive thing for Jason Garrett, who would love to remove the interim coach tag. The Colts' playoff hopes are in trouble.
Jones starts with Barber out: Running back Marion Barber was out with a calf strain, handing Felix Jones his third career start. Jones finished with 22 carries for 83 yards. In a strong performance, Tashard Choice finished with 100 rushing yards and a touchdown. This could mean the end of Barber's status as the starter. Dallas could make him inactive the rest of the season.
Cowboys getting turnovers: The Cowboys forced four turnovers, all interceptions. Two of the picks were returned for touchdowns. Orlando Scandrick picked off a pass and returned it 40 yards for a score in the second quarter, and Sean Lee snatched a pass away and returned it 31 yards in the third quarter.
Injury update: Dez Bryant suffered a broken right ankle on a kick return with 12:50 to play in the game and did not return. Orlando Scandrick suffered a concussion in the first half and returned for one play. He didn't play in the second half. Lee and Mike Jenkins suffered nagging injuries, but both players returned after missing a few snaps. Gerald Sensabaugh suffered an apparent leg injury with 2:13 left.
What's next: The Philadelphia Eagles, in first place in the NFC East, visit Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. The task is to stop Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick. It might be impossible. Dallas plays Philadelphia twice in the last five weeks of the season.