Sunday, November 21, 2010
Wrap-up: Cowboys 35, Lions 19
By Kevin Seifert
A few thoughts on the Detroit Lions' latest road defeat:
What it means: The Lions lost their 26th consecutive road game, falling to 2-8 on the season and 4-22 during the Martin Mayhew-Jim Schwartz regime.
Today's bizarro moment: If you look at the box score, you see that the Dallas Cowboys took the lead for good with nine minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the third quarter on Bryan McCann's 97-yard punt return. What you won't see, of course, is that McCann had decided to let the ball bounce -- he hoped -- into the end zone for a touchback. Lions gunner John Wendling made a nice play to tip the ball away from the goal line. But in a play that can only happen to the Lions, McCann grabbed the ball on an unusually high bounce and raced up the left sideline for the score. The play put the Cowboys up 14-12. What will they come up with next?
Hair-pulling: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was called for a horse-collar tackle of Cowboys tailback Marion Barber on a key second-down play early in the fourth quarter. In fact, Suh tackled Barber by his hair -- a completely legal play that was confirmed on the FOX broadcast by former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira. The Cowboys should have faced a third down from their 10-yard line but instead got a new set of downs from the 5, culminating in Miles Austin's 5-yard touchdown reception to extend the Cowboys lead to 28-19. Schwartz's livid reaction was completely justified.
What's next: The Lions have a short week to prepare for their annual Thanksgiving Day game. This year, they're matched up against the 8-2 New England Patriots.