DENVER - OCTOBER 04: Correll Buckhalter #28 of the Denver Broncos makes a reception and is tackled by Orlando Scandrick #32 of the Dallas Cowboys during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys fell to 2-2 this afternoon, as Denver's defense effectively silenced detractors, and slowed Dallas' hitherto daunting rush attack.
With 43 seconds left in the first quarter, Marion Barber broke the plane on a hard-fought, one-yard run, with noticeable assists from Deon Anderson and Kyle Kosier. All was well in Cowboys-land. As it turned out, though, the short and kind of ugly touchdown would be the only touchdown of the day for Dallas, as they jumped to a10-point lead. Nick Folk had drilled a 49-yard field goal, previously.
Denver answered in the second. D.J. Williams recovered a Tony Romo fumble--forced by Renaldo Hill--inside the Dallas 10-yard line. Shortly thereafter, Kyle Orton found Knowshon Moreno on a pass (that was almost intercepted by Anthony Spencer) for a touchdown.
Dallas then allowed the clock to run out on the half, up three.
The second half saw no points until a 28-yard Matt Prater field goal tied things up, with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter.
With less than two minutes remaining, Orton hit Brandon Marshall for a 51-yard touchdown pass--on which the Dallas defense looked like a (really bad) high school team.
The Cowboys drove to the Denver 2, eventually finding themselves in a fourth and goal; Champ Bailey swatted Tony Romo's pass (intended for Sam Hurd) to the ground on fourth down, though, to effectively end the game.
Dallas narrowly missed an opportunity to go up ten earlier in the quarter, as Patrick Crayton ran a (fairly bizzare) punt back for an apparent touchdown. However, officials called the play a touchback, as the ball had hit the goal line.
The Cowboys fell to 2-2, as the Broncos improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2003.