Final

Chiefs 28

(8-5, 3-4 away)

Cowboys 31

(8-5, 5-2 home)

4:15 PM ET, December 11, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
KC 7 7 7 728
DAL 0 17 0 1431

Top Performers

Passing: T. Green (KC) - 340 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Johnson (KC) - 26 CAR, 143 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Glenn (DAL) - 6 REC, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Cowboys nip Chiefs to remain in NFC East hunt

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells challenged his struggling offense to "do something" to keep pace with the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs.

Then he gave them some gimmicks to help pull it off.

It was over when ...
The Chiefs' attempt to send the game into overtime failed on the last play of the game when Lawrence Tynes' 41-yard field-goal try sailed wide.
Game ball goes to ...
Drew Bledsoe, who threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns, including a 1-yarder to tight end Dan Campbell with 22 seconds left to give the Cowboys the game-winning score.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen It's going to be difficult for the Cowboys to ride this win's momentum to the playoffs because of their previous losses in big games. They haven't been able to get a big win this season until Sunday, and it was because they were well-balanced with their ability to run the ball and throw the ball downfield. Still, it was too many points for this team to allow at home and I don't think a legit playoff team would've allowed the Chiefs to score that many points against them.
-- Eric Allen

Getting touchdowns on a flea flicker, an end-around inside the 10-yard line and a pass to a blocker who hadn't scored in two years, the Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive by pulling out a 31-28 victory over Sunday in a tense, thrilling game befitting a matchup between Parcells and Dick Vermeil.

Drew Bledsoe had his best game in months, throwing for 332 yards and matching his season best with three touchdowns. He led Dallas (8-5) on a go-ahead drive early in the fourth quarter and then took the club 68 yards in 14 plays for the winning score -- a 1-yard pass to tight end Dan Campbell with 22 seconds left.

"That was really a great drive, probably the best one of the year," Parcells said.

Yet ending their two-game losing streak wasn't that simple. The Cowboys had to hold their breath as Lawrence Tynes went for a 41-yard field goal that would've forced overtime. After a low snap, it went wide right, ending a three-game winning streak for the Chiefs (8-5).

The victory for Dallas does more for their confidence and outlook than it does in the standings. The Cowboys could've lost this one and still had a chance to finish 10-6, but they would've been in a real funk with a three-game losing streak and the next two on the road.

"This is a hugely important game for us," said Bledsoe, who was 22-of-34 with no turnovers.

He also moved into fifth place on the career completions list and 15th on the career TD passes list and matched Warren Moon for the most 3,000-yard seasons.

"But we've got to keep winning," he added.

The final play was only part of the frustration for Kansas City. The Chiefs also wasted 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns by Larry Johnson and 340 yards passing by Trent Green, plus a chance to move up in the AFC wild-card chase because of a loss by division rival San Diego.

Kansas City missed a chance to put the game away early, as its first five possessions reached at least midfield but only two ended in touchdowns. The Chiefs were at the Dallas 9, poised to go up 21-10, when Green was sacked by former teammate Scott Fujita and fumbled. Defensive end Marcus Spears returned it 59 yards, leading to a 26-yard touchdown pass from Bledsoe to Jason Witten that put Dallas up 17-14 at halftime.

"I'm sick to my stomach," said Green, who was 20-of-32. "No missed field goal cost us this game. We had many opportunities to win. That's the disappointing part."

Johnson ran pretty much at will for three quarters, racking up 126 of his yards by then to set a Chiefs record with six straight 100-yard games. The Cowboys hung in, thanks mostly to Bledsoe and some big plays.

Their first touchdown came on a perfectly executed flea flicker, with the defense falling for the handoff and Terry Glenn speeding past the coverage. Bledsoe heaved it deep and Glenn caught it in stride for his longest play since December 1998, which also came from Bledsoe during their New England days.

Glenn surprised the defense again early in the fourth quarter by taking a handoff on third-and-1 from the 6. He wound up with the first rushing touchdown of his career, putting Dallas up 24-21.

Green regained the lead for Kansas City with a 47-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Kennison with 3:55 left. Then came Bledsoe's big drive.

He kept it alive with two third-down completions, and then Marion Barber III turned a short pass into a 21-yard gain to the 6. The Cowboys almost ran out of chances when Witten missed a fourth-down pass in the end zone, but holding was called. Officials pinned it on safety Greg Wesley, but replays showed linebacker Derrick Johnson was to blame.

"I was celebrating thinking it was over," Wesley said. "Then I see a flag. I thought, 'Wow, way to give them a second chance.' ... I made a great play and they were bailed out by the referees."

Given a second chance, Bledsoe hit Campbell for his third reception of the season and first touchdown since Nov. 9, 2003.

Glenn led Dallas with 138 yards on six catches and Witten had 93 yards on seven grabs. Barber ran for 82 yards.

Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez caught five passes for 94 yards and Kennison had 92 yards.Game Notes
Parcells is now 1-1 against Vermeil. ... The Chiefs fell to 1-4 in games back in the area where they began in 1960 as the Dallas Texans. ... Glenn has a career-best seven TDs this season, counting his rushing score. ... Kansas City owner Lamar Hunt, a longtime Dallas resident, flipped the coin before kickoff and was honored with a video tribute after the first quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KC
DAL
1st Downs2521
Passing 1st downs
1816
Rushing 1st downs
74
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
7-129-16
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6266
Total Yards493445
Yards per play8.06.7
Total Drives1211
Passing332316
Comp-Att
20-3222-34
Yards per pass
9.88.3
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-84-16
Rushing161129
Rushing Attempts
2828
Yards per rush
5.84.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-3
Penalties3-175-45
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:1231:48

Passing Leaders

KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green20/3234010.6102-8
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bledsoe22/343329.8304-16

Rushing Leaders

KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson261435.5326
Kennison11515.0015
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barber15825.5028
Jones12413.409

Receiving Leaders

KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez59418.8039
Kennison49223.0147
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Glenn613823.0171
Witten79313.3126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERKCDAL
kcTD9:37Larry Johnson, 11 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 54 yds, 2:44
70
SECOND QUARTERKCDAL
dalFG8:04Billy Cundiff 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 18 plays, 73 yds, 5:48
73
kcTD5:24Larry Johnson, 1 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yds, 2:27
143
dalTD4:05Terry Glenn, 71 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Billy Cundiff kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yds, 1:08
1410
dalTD0:45Jason Witten, 26 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Billy Cundiff kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 26 yds, 0:17
1417
THIRD QUARTERKCDAL
kcTD8:46Larry Johnson, 21 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 88 yds, 4:41
2117
FOURTH QUARTERKCDAL
dalTD13:13Terry Glenn, 6 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 84 yds, 10:16
2124
kcTD4:04Eddie Kennison, 47 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:57
2824
dalTD0:26Dan Campbell, 1 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Billy Cundiff kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 68 yds, 3:24
2831