Final

Patriots 48

(6-0, 3-0 away)

Cowboys 27

(5-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, October 14, 2007

Texas Stadium, Irving, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 14 7 10 1748
DAL 0 17 7 327

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 388 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: J. Jones (DAL) - 6 CAR, 51 YDS

Receiving: D. Stallworth (NE) - 7 REC, 136 YDS, 1 TD

Brady lights up Cowboys for career-high 5 TDs in the Duel

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- All week, the New England Patriots insisted this was just another game. Well, it wasn't.

It was better.

In a rare battle of 5-0 teams, the New England Patriots stomped the Dallas Cowboys as badly as everyone else they've faced this season, winning 48-27 Sunday behind a career-best five touchdown passes from Tom Brady.

Best Of The Best
Tom Brady
Brady
Patriots QB Tom Brady is off to the best start of his career and one of the best ever. He has thrown for the most TDs in the first six games of a season in NFL history. Here's the list:
Year
Player, Team
TDs
2007Tom Brady, NE21
1996Brett Favre, GB20
2004Daunte Culpepper, MIN19
1943Sammy Baugh, WAS19
1999Kurt Warner, STL18

Although the Patriots put up their most points in 23 years, the game wasn't as lopsided as the score indicates -- which is what makes this victory so impressive. They won by three touchdowns despite giving up their most points of the season and trailing in the second half for the first time all year.

"The reality is we got a win on the road and we're 6-0. That's what is important," Brady said. "Any time you win you're doing just fine. It's another step in the process. We have to continue to make improvements."

Brady was 31-of-46 for 388 yards. His five TDs tied a franchise record and gave him an NFL record with at least three in each of the first six games of the season. However, he was sacked as many times (three) as he'd been all season; on one, he lost a fumble that Dallas returned for a touchdown.

What made his performance special was the way he responded to that third-quarter deficit: touchdown, field goal, touchdown, field goal, touchdown. The last score came with 19 seconds left, a 1-yard run by first-year running back Kyle Eckel that Brady celebrated with two huge fist pumps.

That's about all the celebrating this team is willing to do, especially when coach Bill Belichick comes away saying the Patriots "were lucky to hang in there."

"There will probably be a couple of lashes waiting for us," Randy Moss said. "I'm not saying we're unstoppable, we just work hard at what we do."

The Cowboys (5-1) were off to their best start since 1983 and were eager to see how they stacked up against the league's elite. Now they know they can compete, but still have a ways to go. The next 10 games will show whether that might be good enough in the NFC.

"Hopefully we'll see them down the road," said Terrell Owens, referring to a possible Super Bowl rematch. "We just got to regroup. There's no confidence lost in the locker room."

Dallas trailed 14-0 before gaining a first down. The defense provided the first touchdown, Jason Hatcher's 29-yard return of Brady's fumble, then Tony Romo threw a touchdown to T.O. just before halftime and another to Patrick Crayton early in the third quarter, putting the Cowboys up 24-21.

New England was trailing for the first time since the second quarter of Week 3 and had two starting offensive players in the locker room with injuries. But the Patriots still had Brady.

He answered with a 77-yard, 10-play drive for a go-ahead touchdown, then threw a long touchdown pass to Moss on his next snap. It was wiped out on replay, but New England still managed a field goal on that drive, a season-best 45-yarder by Stephen Gostkowski. Donte' Stallworth broke things open on the next series with a 69-yard touchdown catch. Dallas wound up allowing its most points since Philadelphia scored 49 in November 2004.

"It's almost a blessing in disguise," cornerback Terence Newman said. "It's the sixth game of the season, not even halfway done yet. So that just gives us incentive to work that much harder."

Brady did much of his early damage on third downs, converting six of his first seven. Over the first three drives, he threw for 144 yards -- 116 on third downs. That included his first two TDs.

He now has an NFL-best 21 touchdown passes, putting him in position to challenge Peyton Manning's league record of 49.

"That's not what this team is about," Brady said. "Individual records are based on opportunities. What I get excited about is team records."

Wes Welker caught 11 passes for a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns. Stallworth had seven catches for 136 yards. Moss turned six catches into 59 yards, his first a 6-yard touchdown, and Kyle Brady had the other TD grab.

Romo avoided the turnovers that nearly upended Dallas against Buffalo on Monday night, but was out of rallies. He was 18-of-29 for 199 yards and two touchdowns, with a late interception. He also came away with a big ice pack on his left, non-throwing, shoulder.

"I thought he managed the whole thing well," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "He wasn't impatient when they got out ahead. He kept playing and plodding along and making good decisions."

Owens caught six passes for 66 yards and Crayton had five catches for 46 yards. Marion Barber III rushed for 47 yards, with several runs that helped bring alive the Cowboys in the second quarter. He also had a 2-yard gain in the third quarter that started at the Dallas 10 and nearly ended in a safety until he broke several tackles. He might have turned it into a touchdown if the last defender hadn't gotten him.

The Cowboys were hurt by their continuing trend of slow starts and by racking up 12 penalties, including one that wiped out a fourth-and-1 conversion on the opening play of the fourth quarter. Dallas was driving for a possible tying touchdown, but wound up punting -- and never threatened again.

Game notes


New England hadn't scored so many points since hanging 50 on Indianapolis in November 1984. ... Moss improved to 7-0 against the Cowboys, with six TDs in three games at Texas Stadium. ... The Pats are the first road team to win one of these matchups of teams 5-0 or better. Home teams had been 3-0-1.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
DAL
1st Downs2813
Passing 1st downs
198
Rushing 1st downs
54
1st downs from penalties
41
3rd down efficiency
11-174-11
4th down efficiency
2-20-0
Total Plays7847
Total Yards448285
Yards per play5.76.1
Total Drives1212
Passing373186
Comp-Att
31-4618-29
Yards per pass
7.66.0
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-152-13
Rushing7599
Rushing Attempts
2916
Yards per rush
2.66.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-52-3
Penalties5-5012-100
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession38:1521:45

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady31/463888.4503-15
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo18/291996.9212-13

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Faulk12473.909
Morris10141.403
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones6518.5025
Barber9495.4017

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Stallworth713619.4169
Welker1112411.3235
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens66611.0113
Witten34715.7025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEDAL
neTD7:53Randy Moss, 6 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 74 yds, 5:29
70
neTD2:20Wes Welker, 35 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 69 yds, 2:11
140
SECOND QUARTERNEDAL
dalFG12:35Nick Folk 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yds, 4:43
143
dalTD10:33Jason Hatcher, 29 yd fumble return (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 2:06
1410
neTD3:40Wes Welker, 12 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 6:51
2110
dalTD0:51Terrell Owens, 12 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 84 yds, 2:48
2117
THIRD QUARTERNEDAL
dalTD10:24Patrick Crayton, 8 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 74 yds, 3:36
2124
neTD5:01Kyle Brady, 1 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 5:24
2824
neFG2:18Stephen Gostkowski 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 16 yds, 1:32
3124
FOURTH QUARTERNEDAL
neTD12:31Donte' Stallworth, 69 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 2:13
3824
dalFG10:07Nick Folk 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 18 yds, 2:18
3827
neFG4:02Stephen Gostkowski 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 61 yds, 6:04
4127
neTD0:23Kyle Eckel, 1 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 20 yds, 3:26
4827