4:15 PM ET, September 7, 2003
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Not even Bill Parcells can keep the Dallas Cowboys from making the kind of mistakes that lead to losses.
Having worn the black hat before the game, the Cowboys' Troy Hambrick wears his hard hat during it.
Yes, Johnson will continue to do a good job until Vick returns from his injury. But he won't be the only reason this team stays afloat. Their defense is going to be relied on to control the game.
How long before Parcells turns to Hutchinson?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
A penalty wiped out that play, and Carter later threw an interception on the kind of impulse decision Parcells detests. Cundiff's missed field goal left Dallas up only four at halftime.The Falcons' recovery was aided by great field position. They started three of their first four drives in the second half in Dallas territory, and scored on each to go ahead 20-7. Carter lost a fumble on the third snap of the third quarter, then failed to get a first down until early in the fourth. On their final four drives, three started with penalties that pushed the Cowboys deep inside the 20. Even after Carter hit Galloway for a 49-yard touchdown to make it 20-13 early in the fourth, Cundiff's extra-point kick was blocked. Johnson answered with the long, slow, game-sealing touchdown drive. "I'm just trying to hold it down and keep us in contention," Johnson said. "I understand that role and I'm doing everything I can to keep us in playoff position." Carter's final series reached the 2, but ended with a sack and two incompletions. He finished 15-of-32 for a career-high 268 yards. How will Parcells respond? "We don't know what happens now," said Galloway, who caught seven passes for 139 yards. "We watch film tomorrow and we'll find out."Notes: Peerless Price had only two catches for 30 yards in his Atlanta debut, one in the first quarter, then a spectacular 22-yard grab that set up the final touchdown. ... Dallas lost its fourth straight opener. ... Brian Finneran, the Falcons' leading receiver last year, broke two bones in his left hand in the third quarter and will be out at least a month. ... Dallas' Troy Hambrick ran out for pregame introductions wearing a black cowboy hat, but backed it up with only 53 yards on 14 carries in his debut as Emmitt Smith's replacement. ... Cason's run was the longest by a Cowboy in 30 games.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.4||6.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||6:20||JAY FEELY 37 YD |
Drive: 10 plays, 56 yds, 6:20
|TD||10:35||AVEION CASON 63 YD RUN (BILLY CUNDIFF KICK) |
Drive: 3 plays, 71 yds, 1:21
|TD||3:37||WARRICK DUNN 7 YD PASS FROM DOUG JOHNSON (JAY FEELY KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yds, 2:04
|TD||10:58||ALGE CRUMPLER 41 YD PASS FROM DOUG JOHNSON (JAY FEELY KICK) |
Drive: 1 plays, 41 yds, :10
|FG||2:16||JAY FEELY 31 YD |
Drive: 8 plays, 33 yds, 3:53
|TD||3:23||JOEY GALLOWAY 49 YD PASS FROM QUINCY CARTER (PAT BLOCKED) |
Drive: 3 plays, 78 yds, 1:07
|TD||11:49||DOUG JOHNSON 1 YD RUN (JAY FEELY KICK) |
Drive: 14 plays, 75 yds, 8:26