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spurs178 12-20-08 11:45 PM

Ravens beat Cowboys in Texas Stadium finale
 
Ravens beat Cowboys in Texas Stadium finale
By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
39 minutes ago

IRVING, Texas (AP)—Dallas Cowboys fans and Hall of Famers came early and stayed late, making sure they savored every bit of the 313th and last game at Texas Stadium.

The Baltimore Ravens will remember it fondly, too.

Willis McGahee ran 77 yards for a lead-stretching touchdown when things got tight late in the fourth quarter, then Le’Ron McClain topped that by going 83 yards for the real victory-clinching touchdown with 1:18 left, sending the Ravens past the Cowboys 33-24 Saturday night in a game both teams needed to boost their playoff chances.

Baltimore led 19-10 midway through the fourth quarter behind four field goals from Matt Stover, who sold programs outside the stadium as a kid growing up in the area, and a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Derrick Mason.

Tony Romo threw touchdown passes to Terrell Owens and Jason Witten over the last 3:36, each putting Dallas within two points. But the Ravens answered both with one-play scoring drives, both coming on runs up the middle against a defense that had done a great job against the run all night. When Romo’s final drive ended on downs, fans began to boo. More boos followed when Flacco took a knee and time ran out.

Baltimore (10-6) bounced back from a controversial last-minute loss to Pittsburgh to win for the fourth time in five games. With only the AFC’s sixth seed up for grabs, the Ravens are guaranteed of being in the mix when the play Jacksonville at home next weekend.

Baltimore goes into Sunday with a half-game lead over three AFC East teams that are 9-5, one of which will get in by winning the division.

Dallas (9-6) lost for the second time in three weeks. While they can still get an NFC wild-card berth, this loss makes it tougher. They actually had several ways to clinch Sunday if they could’ve won this game. Now they’ll go to Philadelphia next Sunday needing a win and, perhaps, some help. Dallas’ loss clinched a playoff spot for the Carolina Panthers.

Despite the importance of this game, much of the emotion came from this being the 313th and final game played under the hole in the roof. The Cowboys finished 213-100 in regular-season and postseason games at the home they moved into in 1971, going 6-2 this season.

It was during the 37 seasons here that Dallas blossomed into “America’s Team,” winning five Super Bowls and filling the Hall of Fame with stars like Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach, Tony Dorsett and Michael Irvin—all of whom were among the roughly 100 former players welcomed back for a postgame ceremony.

The celebrating began when the stadium parking lots opened an hour early. Team owner Jerry Jones and his family took dozens of pictures at the midfield star before fans were let in, and there were tributes throughout the game. Players also wore a patch on their jerseys commemorating the farewell.

Flacco was 17-of-25 for 149 yards and the touchdown, which was set up by a 9-yard run by punter-holder Sam Koch on a fake field goal. Although he was sacked six times and lost a fumble, his efficiency helped the Ravens turn an early 7-0 deficit into a 16-7 lead late in the third quarter.

Romo was 24-of-45 for 252 yards and two touchdowns, with two first-half interceptions. Ed Reed had both, tying him for the NFL lead with seven.

Romo was out of sync the first three quarters, more because of the Ravens’ swarming defense than a lingering back injury. He actually moved pretty well but had to move a lot to avoid whichever defender came roaming at him practically every time he threw. Late in the third quarter, Dallas had more punts (six) than first downs (five).

Witten and Owens each caught five passes, Witten’s going for 87 yards— despite a sprained left knee that forced him to drop to the sideline after his touchdown—and Owens’ went for 63 yards.

Rookie Tashard Choice started over injured Marion Barber and ran for 90 yards, among the most all season against Baltimore. His 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter was only the fourth on the ground all season against the Ravens. It was set up by linebacker DeMarcus Ware’s NFL-best 20th sack, which also produced Flacco’s fumble.

The Cowboys allowed only around 100 yards rushing before the two big, late runs. McLain finished with 22 carries for 139 yards and McGahee had eight carries for 108 yards.

This was the Ravens’ first game here and, thus, they’ll finish 1-0 at Texas Stadium. The Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders went 3-0 and are the only other NFL team not to lose under the hole in the roof.

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spurs178 12-20-08 11:50 PM

As a life long Cowboy fan I was totally embarassed by the way the 'boys played tonight. It was horrible, simply freaking horrible.

The players of the past were probably embarassed that the players of today were out there representing them, the city of Dallas and the State of Texas.

It was just pathetic!
:down

NewSpur 12-21-08 02:17 AM

Ditto, that loss was the most embarrassing Cowboy lost I've ever seen. Worse than that Leon Lett Thanksgiving game. I thought I felt bad after the Arizona loss, but this one was worse. Oh well, I'll be rooting for Tampa, Atlanta, and/or Chicago to lose tomorrow then see what happens next week in Philly. Here's to hoping against hope.

liquidsky 12-21-08 10:28 AM

As long as Jerry Jones thinks and tries to act like a GM; this team will never play up to its potential.

SleepyAdamII 12-21-08 02:56 PM

We need to clean house this off season

the ax needs to come out, TO needs to go, Wade needs to go, and Romo is No Mo...

We need a quarterback who wont average 1+ int a game for 12 games a season...

We will not win a Superbowl with the knuckle heads we have..

SleepyAdamII 12-21-08 03:13 PM

We could win the superbowl on talent alone. But the major players all have $.10 heads.

You could say this year is different in that Romo has been hurt, Barber Hurt, and we lost Felix Jones for the year.

but for the past 3 seasons, we have just fallen apart in December. And this one is no different.

1) I think we need a legitimate coach, Mike Holmgren comes to mind. Some one with experiance and can get the players disciplined. Wade Phillips just isn't cutting it, and the team has regressed under his coaching.

2) TO, he just isn't the talent we need given all his acting out. He needs to go for the benefit of the psyche of the team, and he just isn't that good anymore.

3) Romo , although hurt, just has not proved to be the franchise quarterback on level with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. He just doesn't make great decisions and his throwing % is regrettable.

we need more discipline and smarter players.

cjdrivera 12-21-08 04:25 PM

I still don't understand how Spurs fans could be Cowboy fans? They are complete polar opposites. Anyone notice how T.O was calm during his postgame interview? I guess since he caught his T.D. for the day, this loss isn't as important as the Steeler's loss. In the words of G. Pop!!! Get over yourself!!! On another note D-Ware is a beast and I hope he wins the DPOY award. He doesn't deeserve to be in that circus that Jerry Jones is running up there.

spurs178 12-21-08 08:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cjdrivera (Post 1106252)
I still don't understand how Spurs fans could be Cowboy fans?

You have to remember, the Cowboys were the biggest thing in Texas for years before the Mavs, Spurs and Cuban were around!!

Jason R 12-23-08 04:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SleepyAdamII (Post 1106243)
We could win the superbowl on talent alone. But the major players all have $.10 heads.

You could say this year is different in that Romo has been hurt, Barber Hurt, and we lost Felix Jones for the year.

but for the past 3 seasons, we have just fallen apart in December. And this one is no different.

1) I think we need a legitimate coach, Mike Holmgren comes to mind. Some one with experiance and can get the players disciplined. Wade Phillips just isn't cutting it, and the team has regressed under his coaching.

2) TO, he just isn't the talent we need given all his acting out. He needs to go for the benefit of the psyche of the team, and he just isn't that good anymore.

3) Romo , although hurt, just has not proved to be the franchise quarterback on level with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. He just doesn't make great decisions and his throwing % is regrettable.

we need more discipline and smarter players.

Basically, scrap the Cowboys for the next decade. Check.

ecis13 12-23-08 11:30 PM

i dot like any of the teams from dallas espically the mavs and cowboys


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