Final

Cowboys 37

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Dolphins 20

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, September 16, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 3 7 10 1737
MIA 3 3 7 720

Top Performers

Passing: T. Green (MIA) - 287 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: M. Barber (DAL) - 14 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Chambers (MIA) - 9 REC, 109 YDS

Dolphins have trouble controlling ball as Cowboys start 2-0

MIAMI (AP) -- Terrell Owens burned the Miami Dolphins, mocked the New England Patriots and savored a 2-0 start by the Dallas Cowboys.

Scouts Buzz
The game within the game is always fun to watch. Case in point was the Miami offense against the Dallas defense. For most of the game, Dallas had shut down the Dolphins. But midway through the third quarter, Miami finally figured something out. Dallas had been playing man-off with the corners lined up six or seven yards off the receivers during the drive and QB Trent Green was been able to move the team with quick slants and hitches well in front of the corners. Then, on second-and-13 on the Dallas 18, the Cowboys lined up in press coverage with the corners up close on the wide receivers. Green did a great job of recognizing the coverage and lobbed a TD pass to WR Marty Booker over the top of the corner to give Miami a 13-10 lead. While Miami turnovers later helped Dallas notch the victory, watching the Dolphins outsmart the Cowboys on one series was a snapshot of the battle of wits seen every week.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 2 Scouts Buzz

Owens' fourth-down touchdown reception with four minutes left Sunday helped seal the Cowboys' 37-20 win over Miami. He celebrated by leaning against the goal post and holding the ball to his face as if videotaping with it, his way of poking fun at the spying scandal involving Patriots' coach Bill Belichick.

"It was all in good fun," Owens said with a grin. "I hope they don't give me a hefty fine like they gave Belichick."

Owens did receive a 15-yard penalty for "using the goal post as a prop," but by then the Cowboys were up 30-13, thanks in large part to their ball-hawking defense.

After winning a shootout in the season opener, the Cowboys this time relied on five takeaways. They intercepted Trent Green four times and recovered a fumbled snap. Green also fumbled attempting a spike play late in the first half, possibly costing Miami points.

"I have tough enough skin and broad enough shoulders," said Green, booed in his home debut for the Dolphins. "Unfortunately this is not the first time I've had a day like this."

Dallas came from behind twice and nursed a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, then sealed the win with two touchdowns in the final 4:01. The Cowboys committed no turnovers, while Anthony Henry had two interceptions, and Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams had one each.

"That definitely helps," Owens said, "especially with an offense like ours that can strike at any time."

Particularly pleased with the takeaways was new Dallas coach Wade Phillips.

"How about the defense?" Phillips said. "Five turnovers -- how about that? That's the kind of defense we have."

The Cowboys have won their first two games for the first time since 1999, when they started 3-0 but finished 8-8.

"You can't crown us champions right now," Hamlin said. "It's only the second week of the season."

Elusive Tony Romo went 14-for-29 for 186 yards and two scores, and added 36 yards on four runs. Romo threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Tony Curtis and hit Owens for a 34-yard score.

Marion Barber scored on runs of 1 and 40 yards and finished with 89 yards to help Dallas control the ball for 35 minutes.

"Marion the Barbarian," Owens called him.

Miami fell to 0-2 for the third time in four years, and new coach Cam Cameron is off to a rough start in his bid to end a franchise-record five-year playoff drought.

"If you've been in this business long enough, you've been in this position before," Cameron said. "I know I have. We're going to stick together."

The Dolphins' ineptitude included their punt team, which committed penalties on consecutive plays, negating a 53-yard net kick with the second flag. The subsequent punt was returned 49 yards by Patrick Crayton. Three plays later, Curtis scored his first NFL touchdown to put the Cowboys ahead to stay, 17-13.

Dallas mounted a pair of 12-play scoring drives in the first half, each lasting more than six minutes. Rookie Nick Folk was perfect, making field goals of 26, 28 and 47 yards.

Defense did the rest -- with help from the Dolphins.

A bizarre sequence led the Dolphins to run two spike plays in a row at the end of the first half, possibly costing them a touchdown.

With 25 seconds left, Green wanted to stop the clock but fumbled before he could complete the spike. Another six seconds ran down before Green took another snap and spiked successfully. One play later, on fourth down, the Dolphins settled for a 45-yard field goal by Jay Feely that left them trailing 10-6 at the half.

Dallas' other takeaway came when a snap slipped through Green's hands in the third quarter, leading to a field goal.

"That's all on me," Green said. "I have to squeeze the ball better."

Green finished 23-for-40 for 287 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 18 yards to Marty Booker and 21 yards to Derek Hagan.

Game notes


Neither team reported any injuries. ... Owens was also penalized 5 yards for delay of game when he caught a pass to convert a third-and-15 situation, then tossed the ball away. ... The Dolphins lost their home opener for the fourth time in five years. ... The Cowboys' point total after two games is their highest since 1971.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
MIA
1st Downs1921
Passing 1st downs
1115
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
5-146-12
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays6663
Total Yards352334
Yards per play5.35.3
Total Drives1214
Passing186273
Comp-Att
14-2923-40
Yards per pass
6.26.5
Interceptions thrown
04
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-02-14
Rushing16661
Rushing Attempts
3621
Yards per rush
4.62.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-51-2
Penalties11-1017-57
Turnovers05
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
04
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:0324:57

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo14/291866.4201-0
MIAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Green23/402877.2242-14

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barber14896.4240
Romo4369.0017
MIACARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown11333.0012
Chatman3279.0011

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens59719.4134
Witten22713.5014
MIARECYDSAVGTDLG
Chambers910912.1024
Booker47919.8126

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERDALMIA
miaFG7:07Jay Feely 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 44 yds, 6:50
33
FIRST QUARTERDALMIA
dalFG0:07Nick Folk 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 7:00
33
SECOND QUARTERDALMIA
dalTD2:00Marion Barber, 1 yd run (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 60 yds, 6:28
103
miaFG0:10Jay Feely 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 53 yds, 1:49
106
THIRD QUARTERDALMIA
miaTD9:48Marty Booker, 18 yd pass from Trent Green (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yds, 5:19
1013
dalTD4:47Tony Curtis, 2 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 30 yds, 1:14
1713
dalFG2:14Nick Folk 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:34
2013
FOURTH QUARTERDALMIA
dalFG11:03Nick Folk 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 19 yds, 5:16
2313
dalTD4:08Terrell Owens, 34 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 39 yds, 1:43
3013
miaTD3:37Derek Hagan, 21 yd pass from Trent Green (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 49 yds, 0:35
3020
dalTD3:26Marion Barber, 40 yd run (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 40 yds, 0:09
3720