Second quarter

Matt Hasselbeck and Julius Jones

The Cowboys went to the locker room with a 21-10 lead as they scored twice in the quarter and the Seahawks also added a TD.

The Cowboys scored five plays into the quarter, as Marion Barber went off right guard to get the touchdown. There were a couple of big third-down plays, as Tony Romo and Miles Austin hooked up for a 16-yard gain on third-and-11 and Marcus Trufant was flagged for pass interference on Austin on third-and-8.

The Seahawks, however, answered with an 80-yard drive that was highlighted by three big plays on third downs: Matt Hasselbeck to tight end John Carlson for 13 yards on third-and-4; Hasselbeck to Nate Burleson for 36 yards on third-and-10; and Hasselbeck to Deion Branch for 23 yards, and the score, on third-and-8. Burleson made a nice grab against Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman, while Branch scored the TD despite tight coverage from Cowboys nickel back Orlando Scandrick.

The Cowboys missed an opportunity to answer – literally – on their next possession as Nick Folk was right wide on a 48-yard field-goal attempt. But the Seahawks could not capitalize, as linebacker Bobby Carpenter blitzed and beat Justin Forsett to drop Hasselbeck for a 5-yard sack on third down.

After that, the Cowboys drove 65 yards to another TD – this one a 7-yard pass from Romo to Roy Williams. The biggest play was a 20-yard pass interference on Trufant, who was run over by Austin on a third-and-9 play. The TD also was questionable, as Williams lost the ball after the catch. But the officials reviewed the play and the score stood. Romo also hooked up with Austin for a 16-yard gain on third-and-10.


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