Cowboys dominate on way to 26-3 halftime lead

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 15, 2013 – 4:55 pm


DALLAS — The Cowboys piled up 17 first downs and 332 yards, without a third-down conversion, in taking a 26-3 lead at intermission at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys, who led 13-3 after one quarter, added to their lead with a 48-yard drive for a field goal. Passes of 20 yards to WR Miles Austin and 13 yards to TE Jason Witten got Dallas into scoring range. But a deep ball for WR Dez Bryant was just out of reach in the end zone, and QB Tony Romo was flushed from the pocket on third down, forcing another incompletion.

K Dan Bailey’s 43-yard FG, his third of the game, gave the Cowboys a 16-3 lead with 5:54 left in the half.

Dallas then got the first turnover of the game, as CB Sterling Moore intercepted QB Matt Flynn and returned it 21 yards to the Green Bay 20-yard line.

The Packers defense held, however, getting a sack on second down from DT Mike Daniels before CB Jarrett Bush broke up a deep pass on third down intended for Witten, leading to a 50-yard FG by Bailey for a 19-3 lead.

Dallas got the ball once more before halftime and cashed in. A 37-yard pass to Bryant, followed by a 15-yard pass to Austin and a 16-yard pass to Bryant made it first-and-goal on the 1. RB DeMarco Murray ran it in from there to make it 26-3 with 24 seconds left in the half.

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