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Cowboys Beat Carolina 20-13

This game could go down in history as the worst officiated game ever, but I’ll contend that the officiating was bad for both teams, and therefor didn’t cause the Panthers to lose. The Cowboys had to grind out the win Saturday night on NFL Network with out wide receiver Terrell Owens for much of the game, while the Carolina Panthers played well enough throughout the game to keep it interesting.

If there were any questions heading into this game as to whether or not Tony Romo was going to be able to compete or if he was running out of luck as the season winds to an end, they should be put to rest now. Romo went 28-42 for 257 yards and had 1 touchdown and 1 interception, which should be enough to show that the week prior against the Eagles was just a bad game.

Marion Barber was the real catalyst for the Dallas Cowboys offense to pull out the win against Carolina. Marion Barber had 22 carries for 110 yards, 3 catches for 16 yards and a rushing touchdown. He and Julius Jones would combine for 135 yards on the ground while Tony Romo picked up another 13 yards for the Cowboys.

Terrell Owens would go down in the second quarter with an apparent ankle injury, but not with out getting 5 receptions for 48 yards and 1 TD. The TD for Terrell Owens gives him the team record 15 touchdowns on the season.

Carolina may not have been able to upset the Cowboys as they had hoped they could, but they have to be impressed with the pocket presence of Matt Moore. He showed good awareness throughout the game, and made several big throws including a touchdown pass to Steve Smith in the 2nd Quarter of the game. Matt Moore went 15 of 28 for 182 yards and threw one TD, he also was pick off once by Anthony Henry in the 2nd Quarter.

DeAngelo Williams was the leading rusher for the Panthers with 10 attempts for 60 yards and and no touchdowns, while DeShaun Foster 4 attempts for 9 yards and no touchdowns. While the Cowboys continue to not allow a single rusher to gain 100 yards throughout the entire season.

Steve Smith, after several disappointing weeks, came alive against the Cowboys, with 9 receptions for 137 yards and 1 touchdown. He also looked as though he had a really big catch in the 4th quarter of the game, but was called an incomplete pass and upheld after review. The official ruling will be debated for awhile, but shouldn’t be considered the reason for the Panthers loss.

The Cowboys win pushes them one game closer to securing home field advantage. With Owens being questionable next week, the Cowboys will be holding their breath in hopes of a Green Bay loss Sunday against the Bears. A Packers loss Sunday will give the Cowboys home field advantage throughout the playoffs and will allow them to rest their starters against the Redskins next week. If the Packers win, the Cowboys will have to find away to win without Owens playing at Washington.

The Cowboys win against the Carolina Panthers ties them for their best season record all time at 13-2. The win also gives them 10 consecutive record wins also a franchise record.

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3 Responses to “Cowboys Beat Carolina 20-13”

  1. David Quinn says:

    Not their best record all time unless they win next week, they went 13-3 in ’92.

  2. Nate Acreman says:

    Thank you Quinn for the correction, I went ahead and edited it. You are right.

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