Thursday, November 24, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 20, Dolphins 19
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- When it was over, Jason Garrett hugged Rob Ryan. Jerry Jones raised both arms.
The Cowboys got a scare from a team that is better than what its record shows. But it was ugly. Dan Bailey's 28-yard field goal, his 26th consecutive made kick of the season, as time expired gave the Cowboys a 20-19 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving Day.
What it means: The Cowboys have won four consecutive games, their longest streak since 2009. The victory puts the Cowboys in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. This could change again if the New York Giants win Sunday.
The magic of Romo: Well, there was bad Tony Romo: two first-half interceptions. And there was good Tony Romo: He avoided two sacks to complete risky passes to Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray. On the go-ahead drive, Romo competed passes of 23 and 6 yards to Witten. Romo moved to 19-2 in November in his career.
Somebody scores TD vs. the Dolphins: The Dolphins hadn't allowed a touchdown over the past three games -- a total of 231 snaps. But the Cowboys scored when Laurent Robinson caught a 5-yard pass with 55 seconds left in the first half, giving Dallas a 10-3 lead.
Murray's day: Murray closed the show, which included a nifty run near the sideline, staying inbounds to keep the clock going, in the closing seconds of the game. Murray rushed 22 times for 87 yards and was the only running back to carry the ball. Felix Jones didn't get a carry and was relegated to kickoff returns.
Sensabaugh plays hurt: Starting free safety Gerald Sensabaugh missed the three days of available practices and still played with a sprained foot. Sensabaugh wore a walking boot all week.
What's next: The Cowboys get 10 days off before meeting Arizona.