The Dallas Cowboys must have thought they were going for a stroll in the park during the 1st half against the Detroit Lions. The Cowboys led 27-3 early in the 3rd quarter and were well on their way to an easy victory. Things changed quickly when Tony Romo tossed 2 straight interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. By the start of the 4th quarter, the Lions were on the march to bring the deficit to less than one touchdown. Another interception by Romo gave Detroit the opportunity to take the lead.
The final quarter belonged to the Lions. Detroit scored 17 unanswered points to take the victory. This is the largest comeback for a victory against the Cowboys in team history.
The Cowboys had a final chance to win the game with an offensive possession in the final 1:32. The game was finished for the Cowboys when Felix Jones took a pass from Romo on 4th and 20 and ran out of bounds untouched after only 7 yards.
Romo finished the game with 331 yards passing with 3 touchdowns to go with the 3 interceptions. Romo’s favorite target was tight end Jason Witten, who had 8 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Laurent Robinson, filling in for Miles Austin, had 7 catches for 116 yards. Dez Bryant had 3 catches, 2 of them for touchdowns.
The Cowboys rushing game was suspect, though as a team, they gained 113 yards on 27 attempts. Felix Jones was held in check most of the day, gaining just 57 yards on 16 carries. Tashard Choice ran for 39 yards on 6 touches.
Safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass on the opening drive, went out with a concussion. His absence was apparent in the second half, as Stafford and Calvin Johnson began connecting for scores.
The Cowboys, at 2-2, will have a long time to think about this one. Dallas has a bye week before traveling to New England to face the Patriots.