Third quarter

Jim Mora

Cowboys 35-10. But it took a while.

The Cowboys finally scored – with 2:39 left in the quarter – on Tony Romo’s 3-yard pass to Miles Austin. The nine-play, 62-yard drive included a passes of 13 yards and 9 yards to tight ends Martellus Bennett and Jason Witten, which allowed the Cowboys to overcome a seond-and-21 situation. It also included a third pass interference call on Marcus Trufant, this one against Roy Williams in the end zone to give the Cowboys a first-and-goal. The TD came two plays later.

And four plays after that, it was Cowboys 35-10, as Patrick Crayton returned a Jon Ryan punt 82 yards for a TD.

Adding injury to insult, Matt Hasselbeck was drilled by Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher on the third-down play and then attended to by the medical staff before jogging off the field. On the Cowboys’ previous possession, cornerback Ken Lucas got a shoulder sting making a tackle on Felix Jones.

Hasselbeck returned, only to get sacked twice on the final two plays of the quarter – first by linebacker Keith Brooking, then by linebacker DeMarcus Ware.


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