Matt Stafford celebrates after scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Well, the Cowboys managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on Sunday in Detroit, allowing a literal last-minute scoring drive to Matthew Stafford and co. that ended with Stafford diving over the line for the game winning touchdown.
The extra point gave us our final and ended the Cowboys’ two-game winning streak, 31-30, Lions.
Naturally, Calvin Johnson had a big day against the Cowboys’ secondary, going for 14 catches, 329 yards and a touchdown. He was also semi-responsible for two of the Cowboys’ four takeaways on the day--which kept the team in the game and had them in position to win it, really--but considering the outcome, we doubt he’ll dwell much on that.
On the other side, Dez Bryant had just three catches but two of them went for touchdowns, the longest (a 50-yard catch-and-run) coming in the fourth quarter to give Dallas a seemingly (but not actually) commanding 27-17 lead.
Reggie Bush, who finished with 122 all purpose yards, scored his only touchdown of the day shortly thereafter to close the deficit to three at 27-24.
Dan Bailey, who was perfect on the day with makes of 53, 53 and 44, made his last field goal with just over a minute left to extend the Dallas lead to six. But the Cowboys’ prevent defense, looking every bit like a sieve, allowed Detroit to march down the field and score the game-winner with 12 seconds to spare.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo finished 14 for 30 passing, with 204 yards and three touchdowns. Stafford gave up a pair of interceptions to Sean Lee, but finished 33 of 48 for 488 yards and a touchdown.
Lee put together another huge game, leading Dallas in tackles with 10 and recording a pair of pass breakups to go along with the pair of picks.
At 4-4, the Cowboys will host the Vikings next Sunday at AT&T Stadium. The team is now 1-3 in road games on the year.
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