Final

Lions 7

(4-6, 1-4 away)

Cowboys 20

(7-3, 4-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 7 0 07
DAL 7 6 7 020

Top Performers

Passing: J. Harrington (DET) - 169 YDS

Rushing: J. Jones (DAL) - 21 CAR, 92 YDS

Receiving: R. Williams (DET) - 5 REC, 72 YDS

Detroit (4-5) at Dallas (6-3)

Detroit (4-5) at Dallas (6-3), Sunday 1:00 pm EST

IRVING, Texas (Ticker) -- The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions are traditional Thanksgiving Day hosts.

Four days before they host games on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys meet the Lions at Texas Stadium.

On Thanksgiving, the Cowboys face the Denver Broncos and Lions entertain the Atlanta Falcons.

In coach Bill Parcells' third season, the Cowboys are tied with the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East. Detroit is tied with Minnesota for second in the NFC North, two games behind Chicago.

Since a 2-2 start, the Cowboys have won four of their last five games. They enter this contest seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Last Monday night, the Cowboys were thoroughly outplayed before scoring two touchdowns 21 seconds apart late in the fourth quarter in a rousing 21-20 victory at Philadelphia. Safety Roy Williams provided the winning points with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:43 remaining.

Making his return to the starting lineup, Joey Harrington completed 21-of-31 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions posted a 29-21 victory over Arizona last week.

The third overall pick in 2002, Harrington had been relegated to the bench by coach Steve Mariucci, who elected to go with veteran Jeff Garcia. But with Garcia not fully recovered from a broken leg, Harrington has started the last two games.

Lions wide receiver Roy Williams, who starred at the University of Texas, will face the Cowboys for the first time. A native of Odessa, Texas, Williams had seven catches for 117 yards and three touchowns in the win over Arizona.

The Cowboys posted a 31-21 victory over the Lions here last season. Vinny Testaverde passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score to pace the Cowboys.

Matchup to watch: Lions wide receiver Roy Williams against right cornerback Anthony Henry, who missed the Monday game against Philadelphia due to injury, or Aaron Glenn.

Series: Dallas leads, 9-8.

Next week: Detroit hosts Atlanta, November 24 Dallas hosts Denver, November 24

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Passing Leaders

DetroitCMP%YDSTDINT
M. Stafford61.140401912
S. Martin100.02700
DallasCMP%YDSTDINT
T. Romo70.33406328
B. Weeden58.530332

Rushing Leaders

DetroitCARYDSAVGTD
J. Bell2108003.87
R. Bush712783.92
DallasCARYDSAVGTD
D. Murray37217454.712
J. Randle472745.82

Receiving Leaders

DetroitRECYDSAVGTD
G. Tate96128613.44
C. Johnson67103815.56
DallasRECYDSAVGTD
D. Bryant84122114.514
J. Witten6065410.95

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsDET
 
 270
DAL
 
 325
Yards PassingDET
 
 178
DAL
 
 209
Yards RushingDET
 
 92
DAL
 
 116
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedDET
 
 322
DAL
 
 301
Pass Yds AllowedDET
 
 195
DAL
 
 193
Rush Yds AllowedDET
 
 128
DAL
 
 108

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Dallas leads 3-2
Oct 31, 2004DET 21, @DAL 31
Oct 19, 2003DET 7, DAL 38
Nov 3, 2002DET 9, DAL 7
Jan 6, 2002DET 15, DAL 10