Final

Cowboys 10

(3-7, 1-4 away)

Ravens 30

(7-3, 4-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 21, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 3 0 0 710
BAL 0 0 14 1630

Boller throws two TDs in second half

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The question of when Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Drew Henson would get a chance to play was answered Sunday. Now, the question is whether he'll be back on Thursday.

Henson got the call in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens after Vinny Testaverde went out with a shoulder injury. He fumbled in his first NFL play and Baltimore converted that into a touchdown.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen Should Parcells have gotten Henson some snaps prior to Sunday? I think the Cowboys did what they felt was best for their organization by waiting to bring Henson on the field. It's almost become the fun thing to do to call for the backup when the starter isn't winning games, but people forget how easy it is to wreck a quarterback's career by rushing him. It doesn't help the team or the quarterback when a young guy gets thrown into the fire before he's ready and I'm not convinced that wouldn't have been the case in Dallas. The Cowboys are trying their best to take the necessary precautions with Henson to prepare him for a long career in the NFL and not just a short-term solution.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

"It felt good to see him go in," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, "but I liked to choke when I saw him on the first play. Those are the kinds of things you don't want to happen."

Henson rebounded to lead the Cowboys (3-7) on a touchdown drive in the waning minutes and finished 6-for-6 for 47 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Robinson with 40 seconds left.

Coach Bill Parcells would not speculate who would start Thursday against the Chicago Bears, saying he wanted to see the severity of Testaverde's injured right shoulder before making a decision.

"We'll see how Vinny feels, if he can come back. If not I'll be prepared," Henson said. "As bad as today was, I was able to take something away and have something to build toward Thursday if need be."

Burned for 49 points on Monday night in a lopsided loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys played well for a half. But things unraveled during a third quarter in which the Ravens compiled a 163-11 advantage in offensive yardage.

Testaverde went 9-for-22 for 109 yards and two interceptions.

Henson came in and promptly lost his grip on the ball while being chased by Marques Douglas.

Baltimore recovered at the Dallas 1, and Chester Taylor scored from there to make it 30-3.

"I thought I was throwing but they called it a fumble. It happened real fast," Henson said. "You move on and keep going."

Dallas forced only five turnovers in its first nine games, but recovered two fumbles during a first half that featured six punts and only one score, a first-quarter field goal by Billy Cundiff.

Undaunted by a first half in which the Baltimore Ravens failed to score against the struggling Dallas Cowboys, Kyle Boller spoke confidently to his offense about staging a comeback.

Then he went out and made it happen.

Showing the poise and leadership of a rapidly maturing quarterback, Boller threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter, and the Ravens rolled to a 30-10 victory Sunday.

"We kind of got stalled in the first half, but that's the beauty of a four-quarter game," said Boller, who fashioned the comeback without injured running back Jamal Lewis. "I just rallied the guys and told them we still got two quarters, so let's go out and score 21 points."

With help from Baltimore's opportunistic defense, the Ravens (7-3) used a 30-point second half to pull away to their third straight win. After being criticized earlier in the season for his erratic play, Boller went 23-for-34 for 232 yards in his third straight game without an interception.

Trailing 3-0, Baltimore finally scored on its second drive of the third quarter. Boller went 6-for-7 on a 78-yard drive that included three passes to tight end Darnell Dinkins -- two for first downs and a 17-yard touchdown.

They were Dinkins' first three catches of the season. He was activated off the practice squad in late October to help cover for the absence of the injured Todd Heap.

Ed Reed intercepted a pass by Testaverde on the next play from scrimmage, and the Ravens went up 14-3 when Boller completed a 63-yard drive with a 31-yard TD pass to Kevin Johnson.

A 50-yard field goal by Matt Stover made it 17-3, and Chad Williams sealed the victory with a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown with 10:42 left. It was the fourth time this season the Ravens returned an interception for a score.

The Ravens then lost backup running back Musa Smith, who broke his right leg while being tackled by Roy Williams on a 12-yard run late in the first quarter. It turned out to Baltimore's longest run of the day.

Game notes


Robinson has two receptions this year -- both 1-yard TDs. ... Travis Taylor became the Ravens' career leader in receptions. He has 196, surpassing Qadry Ismail (191).

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERDALBAL
balTD11:16Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 39 yds, 0:00
323
bal11:16
Drive info: 1 plays, 39 yds, 0:00
324
balTD10:15Chester Taylor, 1 yd run
Drive info: 2 plays, 1 yds, 0:20
330
FIRST QUARTERDALBAL
dalFG3:56Billy Cundiff 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 14 yds, 2:16
30
THIRD QUARTERDALBAL
balTD4:38Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 63 yds, 1:59
313
bal4:38
Drive info: 6 plays, 63 yds, 1:59
314
FOURTH QUARTERDALBAL
balFG11:27Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 23 yds, 2:39
317
THIRD QUARTERDALBAL
balTD8:08Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 3:13
36
bal8:08
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 3:13
37
FOURTH QUARTERDALBAL
dalTD0:50Touchdown
Drive info: 16 plays, 80 yds, 8:51
930
dal0:50
Drive info: 16 plays, 80 yds, 8:51
1030