2010 Dallas Cowboys season

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2010 Dallas Cowboys season
Head coach Jason Garrett (interim)
Wade Phillips (fired on November 8; 1–7 record)
Owner Jerry Jones
Home field Cowboys Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Miles Austin WR, Mat McBriar P, Andre Gurode C, Jay Ratliff DT, DeMarcus Ware LB, Jason Witten TE
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2010 Dallas Cowboys season is the 51st season for the team in the National Football League, and the second season playing their home games at Cowboys Stadium. After falling to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the 2009-10 NFL Playoffs, the Cowboys sought to defend their NFC East division title and contend for a Super Bowl Championship, particularly given that Super Bowl XLV would be played at Cowboys Stadium. However, this did not happen and after a 1–7 start Wade Phillips became the first coach in Cowboys history to be fired during the season. He was replaced by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.[1] The Cowboys finished the season 6–10, 3rd place in the NFC East, and failed to reach the playoffs. However, under Garrett the team's record was 5–3 as compared to the 1–7 start under Phillips.

Offseason[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft

After exiting the playoffs in the divisional round, the Cowboys will pick 27th. The Cowboys traded their fifth round pick to the Denver Broncos for guard Montrae Holland.

Dallas Cowboys 2010 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 24 24 Dez Bryant WR 6'2" 224 Oklahoma State
1 27 27 Traded to the New England Patriots
2 23 55 Sean Lee ILB 6'2" 236 Penn State
2 27 59 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles
3 26 90 Traded to the New England Patriots
4 21 119 Akwasi Owusu-Ansah FS 6'0" 207 Indiana (PA)
4 27 125 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles
5 27 158 Traded to the Denver Broncos
6 10 179 Sam Young OT 6'8" 316 Notre Dame
6 27 196 Jamar Wall CB 5'10" 204 Texas Tech
7 27 234 Sean Lissemore NT/DE 6'4" 298 William & Mary

Staff[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2010 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Rosters[edit]

Opening training camp roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2010 opening training camp roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

80 Active, 0 Inactive

Week one roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2010 week one roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 2 Inactive, 8 PS

Final roster[edit]

Dallas Cowboys 2010 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 9 Inactive, 7 PS

Free agents[edit]

RFA: Restricted free-agent, UFA: Unrestricted free-agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed 2010 team
OT Flozell Adams Released July 29, 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Miles Austin RFA June 11, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
CB/FS Alan Ball ERFA April 27, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
DE Stephen Bowen RFA April 9, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
CB Cletis Gordon RFA March 4, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
FS Ken Hamlin Released June 17, 2010 Baltimore Ravens
DE Jason Hatcher RFA April 8, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
G Montrae Holland UFA April 27, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
WR Sam Hurd RFA April 16, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
OT Pat McQuistan RFA April 7, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
OLB Steve Octavien ERFA April 6, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
C/G Cory Procter RFA March 26, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
SS Gerald Sensabaugh RFA May 27, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
NT Junior Siavii RFA April 8, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
DE Marcus Spears RFA April 6, 2010 Dallas Cowboys
K Shaun Suisham RFA November 16, 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers
SS Pat Watkins RFA April 15, 2010 Dallas Cowboys

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

On February 24, 2010, the NFL announced that the Cowboys will face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The game occurred on Sunday, August 8, 2010, and was aired by NBC.[2]

The remainder of the Cowboys' preseason schedule was announced on March 31, 2010.[3]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
HOF August 8 7:00 p.m. CDT Cincinnati Bengals W 16–7 1–0 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio) NBC Recap
1 August 12 8:00 p.m. CDT Oakland Raiders L 9–17 1–1 Cowboys Stadium KTVT Recap
2 August 21 8:00 p.m. CDT at San Diego Chargers W 16–14 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium KTVT Recap
3 August 28 7:00 p.m. CDT at Houston Texans L 7–23 2–2 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
4 September 2 7:00 p.m. CDT Miami Dolphins W 27–25 3–2 Cowboys Stadium KTVT Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 7:20 PM CDT at Washington Redskins L 7–13 0–1 FedEx Field NBC Recap
2 September 19 12:00 PM CDT Chicago Bears L 20–27 0–2 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 26 12:00 PM CDT at Houston Texans W 27–13 1–2 Reliant Stadium Fox Recap
4 Bye
5 October 10 3:15 PM CDT Tennessee Titans L 27–34 1–3 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 17 3:15 PM CDT at Minnesota Vikings L 21–24 1–4 Mall of America Field FOX Recap
7 Oct. 25 (Monday) 7:30 PM CDT New York Giants L 35–41 1–5 Cowboys Stadium ESPN Recap
8 October 31 12:00 PM CDT Jacksonville Jaguars L 17–35 1–6 Cowboys Stadium CBS Recap
9 November 7 7:20 PM CST at Green Bay Packers L 7–45 1–7 Lambeau Field NBC Recap
10 November 14 3:15 PM CST at New York Giants W 33–20 2–7 New Meadowlands Stadium Fox Recap
11 November 21 12:00 PM CST Detroit Lions W 35–19 3–7 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
12 Nov. 25 (Thursday) 3:15 PM CST New Orleans Saints L 27–30 3–8 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 5 3:15 PM CST at Indianapolis Colts W 38–35 (OT) 4–8 Lucas Oil Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 12 7:20 PM CST Philadelphia Eagles L 27–30 4–9 Cowboys Stadium NBC Recap
15 December 19 12:00 PM CST Washington Redskins W 33–30 5–9 Cowboys Stadium Fox Recap
16 Dec. 25 (Saturday) 6:30 PM CST at Arizona Cardinals L 26–27 5–10 University of Phoenix Stadium NFLN Recap
17 January 2, 2011 3:15 PM CST[4] at Philadelphia Eagles W 14–13 6–10 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap
NOTES:
Division games are in bold text.
All game dates are on Sunday unless indicated otherwise.

Standings[edit]

  x clinched playoff berth   y clinched division title   z clinched division title and first round bye   * clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs   ( # ) clinched seed   †  – eliminated from playoff contention

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 439 377 L2
New York Giants 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 404 347 W1
Dallas Cowboys 6 10 0 .375 3–3 4–8 394 436 W1
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 303 377 L1

Preseason results[edit]

Pro Football Hall of Fame Game – vs Cincinnati Bengals
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 3 3 7 16
Bengals 0 0 0 7 7

at Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio

Preseason Week 1 – vs Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 0 0 17 17
Cowboys 3 0 3 3 9

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: August 12
  • Game weather: Played indoors, retractable roof closed
  • Game attendance: 72,282
  • Recap
Preseason Week 2 – at San Diego Chargers
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 0 9 16
Chargers 0 7 0 7 14

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: August 21
  • Game weather: 76°F (24.4°C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 64,372
  • Recap
Preseason Week 3 – at Houston Texans
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 0 0 7 7
Texans 7 6 10 0 23

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: August 28
  • Game weather: Played indoors, retractable roof closed
  • Game attendance: 70,725
  • Recap
Preseason Week 4 – vs Miami Dolphins
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 3 0 7 15 25
Cowboys 0 10 6 11 27

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Date: September 2
  • Game weather: Played indoors, retractable roof closed
  • Game attendance: 71,805
  • Recap

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week 1: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 0 7 0 7
Redskins 3 7 0 3 13

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
  • WAS – Graham Gano 29-yard field goal, Redskins 3–0, Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 6:26.
Second quarter
  • WAS – DeAngelo Hall 32 fumble return (Graham Gano kick), Redskins 10–0.
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • WAS – Graham Gano 49-yard field goal, Redskins 13–7, Drive: 10 plays, 46 yards, 4:24.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Dallas Cowboys began their season at FedEx Field on Sunday night against their NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys trailed early in the first quarter as Redskins kicker Graham Gano got a 29-yard field goal. Dallas would then trail in the second quarter as cornerback DeAngelo Hall returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown.

In the third quarter, Dallas would finally get on the board as quarterback Tony Romo completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Miles Austin. Washington would respond in the fourth quarter as Gano made a 49-yard field goal. Afterwards, Romo threw what would have been the game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roy Williams, but a holding call on offensive tackle Alex Barron effectively ended the game.

With the loss, the Cowboys began their season at 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 2: Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 10 10 0 7 27
Cowboys 7 7 3 3 20

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 38-yard field goal, Bears 3–0, Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 2:37.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 62-yard punt return (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 7–3.
  • CHI – Greg Olsen 39-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 10–3, Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards, 1:35.
Second quarter
  • DAL – Chris Gronkowski 1-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 14–10, Drive: 13 plays, 73 yards, 7:53.
  • CHI – Devin Hester 9-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 17–14, Drive: 6 plays, 74 yards, 4:38.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 40-yard field goal, Bears 20–14, Drive: 9 plays, 25 yards, 1:19.
Third quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 28-yard field goal, Bears 20–17, Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 4:24.
Fourth quarter
  • CHI – Matt Forte 3-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 27–17, Drive: 4 plays, 66 yards, 2:07.
  • DAL – David Buehler 48-yard field goal, Bears 27–20, Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 1:28.
Top passers
  • CHI – Jay Cutler – 21/29, 277 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 3451, 374 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Redskins the Cowboys played at home ground for an NFC duel with the Bears. In the first quarter Dallas trailed early as kicker Robbie Gould nailed a 38-yard field goal. Then they replied with WR Dez Bryant returning a punt 62 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. The Bears got the lead back when QB Jay Cutler made a 39-yard TD pass to TE Greg Olsen. In the 2nd quarter the Cowboys replied again when QB Tony Romo made a 1-yard touchdown pass to RB Chris Gronkowski, but fell behind with Cutler making a 9-yard TD pass to WR Devin Hester, followed by kicker Robbie Gould making a 40-yard field goal. In the third quarter Dallas would reply with kicker David Buehler nailing a 28-yard field goal. However, they continued to struggle in the fourth quarter when Cutler made a 3-yard TD pass to RB Matt Forte, but the Cowboys made the final score of the game when Buehler got a 48-yard field goal.

With the loss, Dallas fell to 0–2 for the first time since 2001 when they finished 5–11.

Week 3: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week 3: Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 10 7 10 27
Texans 0 3 0 10 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information
Scoring
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 24-yard field goal, Texans 3–0, Drive: 13 plays, 65 yards, 6:19.
  • DAL – Marion Barber 1-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 7–3, Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 7:30.
  • DAL – David Buehler 49-yard field goal, Cowboys 10–3, Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 1:40.
3rd quarter
  • DAL – Roy E. Williams 15-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 17–3, Drive: 7 plays, 90 yards, 4:02.
4th quarter
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 30-yard field goal, Cowboys 17–6, Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 4:31.
  • DAL – Roy E. Williams 63-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 24–6, Drive: 4 plays, 74 yards, 2:10.
  • DAL – David Buehler 40-yard field goal, Cowboys 27–6, Drive: 10 plays, 29 yards, 5:28.
  • HOU – Kevin Walter 7-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Cowboys 27–13, Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 2:21.
Stats
Top passers
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 23/30, 284 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 23/32, 241 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Still looking for their first win, the Cowboys flew to Reliant Stadium for a Texas rivalry match against the Houston Texans. Dallas trailed early in the second quarter when kicker Neil Rackers hit a 24-yard field goal. Then they took the lead with RB Marion Barber getting a 1-yard TD run, followed by kicker David Buehler's 49-yard field goal. The Cowboys increased their lead in the third quarter when QB Tony Romo completed a 15-yard TD pass to WR Roy E. Williams. Houston replied with Rackers nailing a 30-yard field goal, but Dallas continued to score when Romo found Williams again on a 63-yard TD pass. Then David Buehler made a 40-yard field goal. The Texans would finally score when QB Matt Schaub made a 7-yard TD pass to WR Kevin Walter; the Texans' onside kick attempt was good, but an interception made by Dallas safety Danny McCray ended any chances of a Texans comeback

With the win, Dallas went into its bye week at 1–2.

Week 5: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week 5: Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 10 7 3 14 34
Cowboys 3 7 7 10 27

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
1st quarter
  • TEN – Nate Washington 24-yard pass from Vince Young (Rob Bironas kick), Titans 7–0, Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:20.
  • TEN – Rob Bironas 52-yard field goal, Titans 10–0', Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:41.
  • DAL – David Buehler 51-yard field goal, Titans 10–3, Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards, 4:25.
2nd quarter
  • TEN – Kenny Britt 12-yard pass from Vince Young (Rob Bironas kick), Titans 17–7, Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 3:29.
  • DAL – Roy E. Williams 12-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Titans 17–10, Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 1:42.
3rd quarter
  • DAL – Miles Austin 69-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Tied 17–17, Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:26.
  • TEN – Rob Bironas 40-yard field goal, Titans 20–17, Drive: 5 plays, 59 yards, 1:53.
4th quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 26-yard field goal, Tied 20–20, Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 5:05.
  • TEN – Chris Johnson 1-yard run (Rob Bironas kick), Titans 27–20, Drive: 1 plays, 1 yards, 0:04.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 18-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Tied 27–27, Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:56.
  • TEN – Chris Johnson 1-yard run (Rob Bironas kick), Titans 34–27, Drive: 3 plays, 5 yards, 1:02.
Top passers
  • TEN – Vince Young – 12/25, 173 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 31/46, 406 yards, 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • TEN – Kenny Britt – 4 receptions, 86 yards, 1 touchdown
  • DAL – Miles Austin – 9 receptions, 166 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

Coming off their Lone Star win over the Texans, the Cowboys went home for a Week 5 interconference duel with the Tennessee Titans. Dallas trailed early in the first quarter as Titans quarterback Vince Young completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Washington, followed by kicker Rob Bironas making a 52-yard field goal. The Cowboys answered with a 51-yard field goal from kicker David Buehler. However, Tennessee came right back in the second quarter as Young found wide receiver Kenny Britt on a 12-yard touchdown pass. Dallas would strike back as quarterback Tony Romo hooked up with wide receiver Roy Williams on a 6-yard touchdown pass.

In the third quarter, the Cowboys tied the game as Romo found wide receiver Miles Austin on a 69-yard touchdown pass. However, the Titans would retake the lead on Bironas' 40-yard field goal. Dallas tied the game again in the fourth quarter as Buehler booted a 26-yard field goal, but Tennessee struck back as running back Chris Johnson got a 1-yard touchdown. Afterwards, the Cowboys would tie the game yet again as Romo found tight end Jason Witten on an 18-yard touchdown pass. However, the Titans continued to pound away as Johnson got another 1-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, Dallas fell to 1–3.

Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week 6: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 7 0 7 21
Vikings 7 0 14 3 24

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DAL – Roy E. Williams 2-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 14–7, Drive: 13 plays, 82 yards, 7:05.
Third quarter
  • MIN – Percy Harvin 95-yard kickoff return (Ryan Longwell kick), Tied 14–14, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:12.
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson 1-yard run (Ryan Longwell kick), Vikings 21–14, Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards, 5:19.
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 31-yard pass from Tony Romo (David Buehler kick), Tied 21–21, Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:25.
  • MIN – Ryan Longwell 38-yard field goal, Vikings 24–21, Drive: 7 plays, 10 yards, 3:30.
Top passers
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 24/32, 220 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • MIN – Brett Favre – 14/19, 118 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Titans, the Cowboys flew to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for a Week 6 duel with the Minnesota Vikings. Dallas delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as quarterback Tony Romo found wide receiver Roy Williams on a 15-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings answered with quarterback Brett Favre completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Camarillo. In the second quarter, the Cowboys regained the lead as Romo and Williams hooked up with each other again on a 2-yard touchdown pass.

Minnesota took the lead in the third quarter as wide receiver Percy Harvin returned the half's opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, followed by running back Adrian Peterson's 1-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Dallas tied the game as Romo connected with rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant on a 31-yard touchdown pass. The Vikings responded with kicker Ryan Longwell making a 38-yard field goal.

With only 5 seconds left in the game, the Cowboys attempted a lateral play, in a fashion similar to The Play, River City Relay, and the Music City Miracle. However, Romo was then flagged for throwing a forward pass after crossing the line of scrimmage, ending the game.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 1–4.

Week 7: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week 7: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 17 14 3 41
Cowboys 10 10 0 15 35

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 41-yard field goal, Cowboys 13–7, Drive: 5 plays, 20 yards, 2:10.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 93-yard punt return (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 20–7.
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks 8-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Cowboys 20–14, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 4:31.
  • NYG – Steve Smith 14-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 21–20, Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:01.
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 53-yard field goal, Giants 24–20, Drive: 5 plays, 9 yards, 0:34.
Third quarter
  • NYG – Mario Manningham 25-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 31–20, Drive: 5 plays, 55 yards, 2:21.
  • NYG – Brandon Jacobs 30-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 38–20, Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 3:49.
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 15-yard pass from Jon Kitna (Jon Kitna – Jason Witten pass), Giants 38–28, Drive: 1 plays, 15 yards, 0:05.
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 26-yard field goal, Giants 41–28, Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 1:22.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 15-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Giants 41–35, Drive: 8 plays, 73 yards, 1:15.
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 25/35, 306 yards, 4 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 16/33, 187 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 9 receptions, 108 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • DAL – Jason Witten – 9 receptions, 95 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 9 receptions, 108 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • DAL – Jason Witten – 9 receptions, 95 yards, 1 touchdown

Trying to snap a two-game losing streak, the Cowboys went home for a Week 7 NFC East duel with the New York Giants on Monday night. Dallas got the opening strike in the first quarter as quarterback Tony Romo found tight end Jason Witten on a 4-yard touchdown run, followed by a 26-yard field goal from kicker David Buehler. The Giants answered with quarterback Eli Manning completing a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The Cowboys would add onto their lead in the second quarter as Buehler booted a 41-yard field goal, followed by rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant returning a punt 93 yards for a touchdown. New York took the lead with Manning throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Nicks and a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Smith. Afterwards, the Giants closed out the half with kicker Lawrence Tynes getting a 53-yard field goal. During the half, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo was suffered a broken left clavicle on a completion from a blocking error.

Dallas' deficit increased in the third quarter as Manning completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mario Manningham, followed by running back Brandon Jacobs getting a 30-yard touchdown run. The Cowboys began to rally in the fourth quarter as quarterback Jon Kitna found Bryant on a 15-yard touchdown pass (with a successful two-point conversion pass to Witten), yet New York answered with a 26-yard field goal from Tynes. Dallas tried to rally as Kitna hooked up with Bryant again on a 15-yard touchdown pass. With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 1–5.

Tony Romo (5/7 for 39 yards, TD) left the game in the second quarter with a broken left clavicle.

Week 8: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week 8: Jacksonville Jaguars at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 7 14 7 35
Cowboys 3 0 0 14 17

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
Scoring
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • JAC – Marcedes Lewis 42-yard pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick), Jaguars 14–3, Drive: 4 plays, 77 yards, 1:53.
3rd quarter
  • JAC – Mike Thomas 15-yard pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick), Jaguars 21–3, Drive: 6 plays, 83 yards, 2:46.
  • JAC – Marcedes Lewis 9-yard pass from David Garrard (Josh Scobee kick), Jaguars 28–3, Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 1:55.
4th quarter
  • DAL – Marion Barber 1-yard run (David Buehler kick), Jaguars 28–10, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:41.
  • JAC – David Garrard 2-yard run (Josh Scobee kick), Jaguars 35–10, Drive: 3 plays, 7 yards, 1:27.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 8-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Jaguars 35–17, Drive: 13 plays, 74 yards, 3:21.
Top passers
  • JAC – David Garrard – 17/21, 260 yards, 4 touchdowns
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 34/49, 379 yards, 1 touchdown, 4 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to break their current losing streak the Cowboys played on home ground for an Interconference duel with the Jaguars. In the first quarter the Cowboys took the lead as kicker David Buehler hit a 34-yard field goal. But they fell behind with QB David Garrard getting a 10-yard TD pass to WR Mike Sims-Walker. In the second quarter, the Cowboys struggled further with Garrard finding TE Marcedes Lewis on a 42-yard TD pass, then in the third quarter he found WR Mike Thomas on a 15-yard TD pass, and then he found Lewis again on a 9-yard TD pass. The Cowboys responded in the 4th quarter with RB Marion Barber getting a 1-yard TD run. But the Jaguars scored again with Garrard scrambling 2 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. The Cowboys replied with QB Jon Kitna making an 8-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten.

With the loss, Dallas fell to 1–6.

Week 9: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 9: Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 0 0 7
Packers 0 28 7 10 45

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring
Second quarter
  • GB – Brandon Jackson 9-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 7–0, Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 3:20.
  • GB – Brandon Jackson 2-yard run (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 14–0, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:52.
  • GB – Greg Jennings 8-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 21–0, Drive: 10 plays, 93 yards, 4:56.
  • GB – Nick Collins 26-yard fumble return (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 28–0.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 2-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Packers 28–7, Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 1:58.
Third quarter
  • GB – James Jones 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 35–7, Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 1:48.
Fourth quarter
  • GB – Mason Crosby 26-yard field goal, Packers 38–7, Drive: 16 plays, 80 yards, 9:13.
  • GB – Clay Matthews 62-yard interception return (Mason Crosby kick), Packers 45–7.
Top passers
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 19/30, 183 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • GB – Aaron Rodgers – 27/34, 289 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • DAL – Dez Bryant – 9 receptions, 86 yards, 1 touchdown
  • GB – James Jones – 8 receptions, 123 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

Looking for their second win the Cowboys flew to Lambeau Field for an NFC duel with the Packers. The second quarter saw the Cowboys trail immediately after QB Aaron Rodgers got a 9-yard TD pass to RB Brandon Jackson. This was followed by Jackson making a 2-yard TD run, and with Rodgers completing an 8-yard TD pass to WR Greg Jennings. The Cowboys struggled further after FS Nick Collins recovered a fumble and ran 26 yards for a touchdown. The Cowboys would make their only score of the game with QB Jon Kitna making a 2-yard TD pass to WR Dez Bryant. They fell further behind after Rodgers found WR Jones on a 10-yard TD pass, and with Crosby hitting a 26-yard field goal. The Cowboys had more problems when Kitna's pass was intercepted by OLB Clay Matthews and returned 62 yards for a touchdown.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 1–7. After the game, head coach Wade Phillips was fired and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett became the interim head coach.

Week 10: at New York Giants[edit]

Week 10: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 6 13 14 0 33
Giants 3 3 14 0 20

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 43-yard field goal, Giants 3–0, 'Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards, 5:11.
  • DAL – Dez Bryant 13-yard pass from Jon Kitna (kick blocked), Cowboys 6–3, 'Drive: 3 plays, 71 yards, 1:36.
Second quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 22-yard field goal, Cowboys 9–3, 'Drive: 3 plays, 71 yards, 1:36.
  • DAL – Bryan McCann 101-yard interception return (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 16–3.
  • DAL – David Buehler 23-yard field goal, Cowboys 19–3, 'Drive: 5 plays, 39 yards, 1:55.
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 25-yard field goal, Cowboys 19–6, 'Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 1:40.
Third quarter
  • DAL – Felix Jones 71-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 26–6, 'Drive: 3 plays, 71 yards, 1:04.
  • NYG – Mario Manningham 5-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Cowboys 26–12, 'Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 5:00.
  • DAL – Miles Austin 24-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 33–12, 'Drive: 6 plays, 85 yards, 2:29.
  • NYG – Kevin Boss 35-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Cowboys 33–19, 'Drive: 2 plays, 73 yards, 1:08.
Fourth quarter
  • No scoring
Top passers
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 13/22, 327 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 33/48, 373 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Trying to snap a five-game losing streak, the Cowboys flew to New Meadowlands Stadium for a Week 10 NFC East rematch with the New York Giants. Dallas trailed in the first quarter as Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes made a 43-yard field goal. The Cowboys answered with quarterback Jon Kitna connecting to rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant on a 13-yard touchdown pass (with a failed PAT). Dallas added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 22-yard field goal from kicker David Buehler, followed by rookie cornerback Bryan McCann returning an interception 101 yards for a touchdown and Buehler's 23-yard field goal. New York answered with Tynes making a 25-yard field goal.

The Cowboys continued its dominating day in the third quarter as Kitna found running back Felix Jones on a 71-yard touchdown pass. The Giants responded with quarterback Eli Manning completing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mario Manningham, yet Dallas rebounded with Kitna hooking up with wide receiver Miles Austin on a 24-yard touchdown pass. However, New York continued its persistent play with Manning completing a 35-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kevin Boss. Fortunately, the Cowboys' defense held its ground in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.

The game was delayed in the third quarter for about fifteen minutes when the lights at the New Meadowlands Stadium went out. Since it was already dark outside in New Jersey by that time, it was totally dark in the stadium.

With the win, Dallas improved to 2–7.

Week 11: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 11: Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 10 9 0 19
Cowboys 7 0 14 14 35

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DET – Dave Rayner 47-yard field goal, Cowboys 7–3, 'Drive: 11 plays, 51 yards, 5:20.
  • DET – Nate Burleson 9-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Dave Rayner kick), Lions 10–7, 'Drive: 3 plays, 14 yards, 0:19.
Third quarter
  • DET – Penalty on Leonard Davis enforced in endzone for a safety, Lions 12–7.
  • DAL – Bryan McCann 97-yard punt return (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 14–12.
  • DAL – Miles Austin 3-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 21–12, 'Drive: 4 plays, 19 yards, 2:07.
  • DET – Calvin Johnson 14-yard pass from Shaun Hill (Dave Rayner kick), Cowboys 21–19, 'Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 2:23.
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Miles Austin 4-yard pass from Jon Kitna (Dave Rayner kick), Cowboys 28–19, 'Drive: 16 plays, 71 yards, 7:55.
  • DAL – Jon Kitna 29-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 35–19, 'Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:40.
Top passers
  • DET – Shaun Hill – 32/47, 289 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interceptions
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 18/24, 147 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Cowboys' tenth game was an NFC duel with the Lions. In the first quarter the Cowboys pulled ahead with QB Jon Kitna making a 1-yard TD pass to WR Dez Bryant. The Lions replied with kicker Dave Rayner nailing a 47-yard field goal. The Cowboys trailed with QB Shaun Hill making a 9-yard TD pass to WR Nate Burleson, followed by a Penalty on Leonard Davis which was enforced to the endzone for a safety. The Cowboys got the lead back with DB Bryan McCann returning a punt 97 yards for a touchdown, which was followed by Kitna making a 3-yard TD pass to WR Miles Austin. The lead was narrowed with Hill completing a 14-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Johnson. The Cowboys increased their lead with Kitna finding Austin again on a 4-yard TD pass, followed by Kitna's 29-yard scramble to the endzone for a touchdown, which was his longest run of his career.

Cowboys interim coach Jason Garrett won his home debut and improved to 2–0 since taking over for Wade Phillips. It's the first time this season Dallas (3–7) has won consecutive games and the first time all season it won at home, having lost the first four. The Lions (2–8) lost their 26th straight on the road, extending a woeful NFL record that began in 2007, when Kitna was their quarterback. Detroit led 12–7 and was consistently stuffing the Cowboys' offense midway through the third quarter when John Wedling jumped over the goal line and tapped a punt back into the field of play. It hopped up waist-high and right to McCann, and the speedster turned it into the second-longest punt return in franchise history – a week after a 101-yard interception return that was the longest in club history. With the win the Cowboys improved to 3–7 on the season.

Week 12: vs. New Orleans Saints (Thanksgiving Classic)[edit]

Week 12: New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 17 3 3 7 30
Cowboys 0 6 14 7 27

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • NO – Chris Ivory 3-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 7–0, 'Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:51.
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 50-yard field goal, Saints 10–0, 'Drive: 4 plays, −1 yards, 1:31.
  • NO – Chris Ivory 6-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 17–0, 'Drive: 6 plays, 58 yards, 2:59.
Second quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 21-yard field goal, Saints 17–3, 'Drive: 14 plays, 79 yards, 7:41.
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 45-yard field goal, Saints 20–3, 'Drive: 13 plays, 54 yards, 4:30.
  • DAL – David Buehler 53-yard field goal, Saints 20–6, 'Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 0:43.
Third quarter
  • DAL – Miles Austin 60-yard run (David Buehler kick), Saints 20–13, 'Drive: 2 plays, 68 yards, 0:59.
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 28-yard field goal, Saints 23–13, 'Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 4:31.
  • DAL – Marion Barber 1-yard run (David Buehler kick), Saints 23–20, 'Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards, 2:55.
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Tashard Choice 1-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 27–23, 'Drive: 5 plays, 89 yards, 1:08.
  • NO – Lance Moore 12-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 30–27, 'Drive: 5 plays, 89 yards, 1:08.
Top passers
  • NO – Drew Brees – 23/39, 352 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 30/42, 313 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Cowboys hosted the Saints in their annual Thanksgiving Day game. The Cowboys trailed early with RB Chris Ivory getting a 3-yard TD run, followed by kicker Garrett Hartley getting a 50-yard field goal, and then by Ivory making a 6-yard TD run. The Cowboys cut the lead as kicker David Buehler got a 21-yard field goal, but the Saints replied as Hartley nailed a 45-yard field goal. The Cowboys tried to come back as Buehler hit a 53-yard field goal, followed by Miles Austin getting a 60-yard TD run. The Cowboys trailed further with Hartley making a 28-yard field goal, but took the lead with Marion Barber III and Tashard Choice getting a 1-yard TD run. They failed to maintain this lead when QB Drew Brees completed a 12-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore.

With the loss, Dallas fell to 3–8.

Week 13: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week 13: Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 10 7 10 8 3 38
Colts 0 7 7 21 0 35

at Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information
First quarter
  • DAL – Tashard Choice 20-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 7–0, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:45.
  • DAL – David Buehler 30-yard field goal, Cowboys 10–0, Drive: 12 plays, 72 yards, 6:40.
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • IND – Reggie Wayne 34-yard pass from Peyton Manning (Adam Vinatieri kick), Cowboys 17–14, Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 1:07.
  • DAL – David Buehler 46-yard field goal, Cowboys 20–14, Drive: 9 plays, 36 yards, 3:45.
  • DAL – Sean Lee 31-yard interception return (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 27–14.
Fourth quarter
  • IND – Javarris James 1-yard run (Adam Vinatieri kick), Cowboys 27–21, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:57.
  • IND – Taj Smith 2-yard return of blocked punt, Colts 28–27.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 2-yard pass from Jon Kitna (Jon Kitna – Roy E. Williams pass), Cowboys 35–28, Drive: 18 plays, 81 yards, 10:18.
  • IND – Javarris James 2-yard run (Adam Vinatieri kick), Tied 35–35, Drive: 10 plays, 81 yards, 2:09.
Overtime
  • DAL – David Buehler 38-yard field goal, Cowboys 38–35,Drive: 6 plays, 16 yards, 3:16.
Leading passers
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 18/26, 167 yards, 1 touchdown
  • IND – Peyton Manning – 36/48, 365 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
Leading rushers
Leading receivers
Leading tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Super-bowl Champions the Cowboys played against the Super-bowl runner-ups at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Cowboys commanded the first quarter when Tashard Choice got a 20-yard TD run, followed by kicker David Buehler nailing a 30-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Cowboys increased their lead as CB Orlando Scandrick returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown. The lead was narrowed when QB Peyton Manning made a 13-yard TD pass to WR Pierre Garcon, followed in the third quarter by Manning getting a 34-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Wayne. The Cowboys extended their lead with Buehler hitting a 46-yard field goal, followed by Sean Lee returning an interception 31 yards for a touchdown. They trailed slightly as RB Javarris James got a 1-yard TD run, followed by Mat McBriar's punt getting blocked and returned 2 yards for a touchdown by Taj Smith. They replied to get the lead back as QB Jon Kitna completed a 2-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten (With a successful 2-point conversion as Kitna passed to WR Roy E. Williams), but the game was tied when James got a 2-yard TD run. At overtime, Manning threw his fourth interception, (which totalled 11 interceptions in three consecutive games.[5]) to LB Sean Lee,which soon converted into a successful 38-yard field goal attempt by Buehler, giving the Cowboys the win.

With the win, the Cowboys improved to 4–8.

Week 14: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week 14: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 7 3 13 30
Cowboys 7 3 10 7 27

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • PHI – Todd Herremans 2-yard pass from Michael Vick (David Akers kick), Eagles 14–7, Drive: 6 plays, 51 yards, 3:00.
  • DAL – David Buehler 50-yard field goal, Eagles 14–10, Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards, 1:34.
Third quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 43-yard field goal, Eagles 14–13, Drive: 10 plays, 42 yards, 4:42.
  • DAL – Felix Jones 3-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 20–14, Drive: 3 plays, 37 yards, 1:34.
  • PHI – David Akers 39-yard field goal, Cowboys 20–17, Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:38.
Fourth quarter
  • PHI – David Akers 50-yard field goal, Tied 20–20, Drive: 10 plays, 28 yards, 4:18.
  • PHI – DeSean Jackson 91-yard pass from Michael Vick, Eagles 27–20, Drive: 1 plays, 91 yards, 0:19.
  • PHI – David Akers 28-yard field goal, Eagles 30–20, Drive: 5 plays, 22 yards, 2:54.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 22-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Eagles 30–27, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 3:55.
Top passers
  • PHI – Michael Vick – 16/26, 270 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 24/35, 242 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Colts, the Cowboys went home for a Week 14 NFC East duel with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Dallas trailed early in the first quarter as Eagles quarterback Michael Vick got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Cowboys answered with quarterback Jon Kitna finding tight end Jason Witten on a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles regained the lead in the second quarter with Vick completing a 1-yard touchdown pass to offensive guard Todd Herremans. Afterwards, Dallas closed out the half with a 50-yard field goal from kicker David Buehler.

The Cowboys took the lead in the third quarter with Buehler's 43-yard field goal, followed by a 3-yard touchdown run from running back Felix Jones. Philadelphia struck back with kicker David Akers getting a 39-yard field goal. The Eagles took the lead again in the fourth quarter with Akers booting a 50-yard field goal, followed by Vick completing a 91-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Akers making a 28-yard field goal. Dallas tried to rally as Kitna hooked up with Witten again on a 22-yard touchdown pass, yet the Eagles held on for the win.

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 4–9, and were officially eliminated from postseason contention, assuring them not playing the Super Bowl on their own home turf (something that still has yet to happen in Super Bowl history). The loss also secured the Cowboys' first losing season since 2004.

Week 15: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

Week 15: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 7 7 16 30
Cowboys 10 10 10 3 33

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 42-yard field goal, Cowboys 3–0, Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 4:14.
  • DAL – Miles Austin 3-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 10–0, Drive: 4 plays, 27 yards, 1:34.
Second quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 20-yard field goal, Cowboys 13–0, Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 4:27.
  • WAS – Ryan Torain 19-yard pass from Rex Grossman (Graham Gano kick), Cowboys 13–7, Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 3:15.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 14-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 20–7, Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 5:51.
Third quarter
  • DAL – Tashard Choice 3-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cowboys 27–7, Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards, 2:04.
  • WAS – Santana Moss 10-yard pass from Rex Grossman (Graham Gano kick), Cowboys 27–14, Drive: 4 plays, 71 yards, 2:17.
  • DAL – David Buehler 20-yard field goal, Cowboys 30–14, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:23.
Fourth quarter
  • WAS – Santana Moss 5-yard pass from Rex Grossman (Rex Grossman – Chris Cooley pass), Cowboys 30–22, Drive: 14 plays, 78 yards, 5:42.
  • WAS – Chris Cooley 5-yard pass from Rex Grossman (Rex Grossman – Mike Sellers pass), Tied 30–30, Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 4:03.
  • DAL – David Buehler 39-yard field goal, Cowboys 33–30, Drive: 7 plays, 31 yards, 2:21.
Top passers
  • WAS – Rex Grossman – 25/43, 322 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 25/37, 305 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Cowboys' fourteenth game was an NFC East rivalry rematch against the Redskins at home. In the first quarter the Cowboys took the lead with kicker David Buehler hitting a 42-yard field goal, followed by QB Jon Kitna throwing a 3-yard TD pass to WR Miles Austin; then Buehler made a 20-yard field goal to put Dallas up 13–0. The lead was narrowed when QB Rex Grossman completed a 19-yard TD pass to RB Ryan Torain, but the Cowboys increased their lead with Kitna making a 14-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten, followed by RB Tashard Choice getting a 3-yard TD run. The Redskins replied with Grossman getting a 10-yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss, but the Cowboys scored again with Buehler got a 20-yard field goal. Washington managed to tie the game with Grossman finding Moss and Cooley on a 5-yard TD pass. The Cowboys managed to get the win after Buehler made a 39-yard field goal, settling both records at 5–9.

Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week 16: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 10 10 6 26
Cardinals 14 7 0 6 27

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 42-yard field goal, Cardinals 14–3, Drive: 10 plays, 37 yards, 4:56.
  • ARI – Andre Roberts 74-yard pass from John Skelton (Jay Feely kick), Cardinals 21–3, Drive: 2 plays, 80 yards, 0:52.
  • DAL – Jason Witten 2-yard pass from Jon Kitna (David Buehler kick), Cardinals 21–10, Drive: 13 plays, 81 yards, 6:46.
Third quarter
  • DAL – David Buehler 53-yard field goal, Cardinals 21–13, Drive: 5 plays, 26 yards, 1:59.
  • DAL – Marion Barber 24-yard run (David Buehler kick), Cardinals 21–20, Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 3:42.
Fourth quarter
  • ARI – Jay Feely 49-yard field goal, Cardinals 24–20, Drive: 9 plays, 49 yards, 5:05.
  • DAL – Miles Austin 37-yard pass from Stephen McGee (David Buehler kick failed), Cowboys 26–24, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:04.
  • ARI – Jay Feely 48-yard field goal, Cardinals 27–26, Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 1:36.
Top passers
  • DAL – Jon Kitna – 12/20, 115 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • ARI – John Skelton – 11/25, 183 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • DAL – Miles Austin – 6 receptions, 115 yards, 1 touchdown
  • ARI – Andre Roberts – 5 receptions, 110 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 5–10.

Week 17: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week 17: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 0 7 14
Eagles 0 7 0 6 13

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Cowboys' final game was an NFC East rivalry rematch against the Eagles. In the 2nd quarter the Cowboys trailed early as QB Kevin Kolb threw a 4-yard TD pass to WR Chad Hall, but they tied the game after OLB DeMarcus Ware recovered a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown. They trailed slightly with kicker David Akers hitting a 43 and a 22-yard field goal, but the Cowboys fought back with QB Stephen McGee completing a 4-yard TD pass to TE Jason Witten (With the PAT good to take the lead and the win).

With the win, Dallas finished with a 6–10 record.

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