Linebacker Rolando McClain intercepts Titans' quarterback Jake Locker in Sunday's game.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is a paradox. Statistically, he is one the NFL's best, but when it comes to the game's final moments he has a penchant for losing the contest. But Romo and the Cowboys got a huge road win Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, 26-10.
In the season opener last week, Romo was, for a better word, repugnant. His three interceptions helped San Fransisco build a huge lead that the Cowboys could not overcome.
The Cowboys (1-1) bounced back in a hostile environment today, at Tennessee, as Romo found his rhythm and got a lot of help from the Dallas run game.
Tennessee (1-1) was never in the football game. Cowboys' running back DeMarco Murray ran over the Titans' helpless defense on his way to 167 yards and a touchdown. It was Murray's ninth game of his career with over 100 yards rushing.
Dallas took complete control and enjoyed a 16-0 advantage at the half.
"DeMarco ran really well," Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said. "He ran hard and he ran downhill. When you can do that, drive the football again, again and again and control the football and control the game it gives you a great chance to win."
DeMarco's performance helped to mar the home debut of Titan's first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt. "We missed tackles," Whisenhunt said. "They ran the football well. Give them credit. They did to us what we did to Kansas City last week."
The run game alleviated any pressure Romo might have been feeling, as the QB passed for 176 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, Tony didn't turn the ball over. Romo also extended his streak of throwing at least one touchdown to 30 games in a row.
The win kept the Cowboys from the dreaded 0-2 start that dooms most NFL teams. "Starting 0-2 is a very, very big hole you don't want to be in," Romo said. The last time Dallas started a season 0-2 was in 2010, which lead to the demise of then head coach Wade Phillips.
The Cowboys other big-play guy had a nice game, too. Wide receiver Dez Bryant caught 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. After Tennessee closed the gap to 16-10 in the third quarter, Dallas answered the 10-0 Titans' run.
Romo found Bryant in the endzone for a 3-yard touchdown that put Dallas ahead 23-10. Kicker Dan Bailey added a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, and Tennessee couldn't score against the Cowboys' defense again.
Dallas held Tennessee to 314 yards offensively, while the Cowboys stymied the Titans' run game. Tennessee only managed to rush for 82 yards on the day. The Cowboys also won the turnover battle which, of course, haunted them in their loss to the 49ers last week.
Titans' quarterback Jake Locker threw for 234 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a losing effort. Tennessee tight end Delaine Walker also had a big game with 142 yards and a touchdown.
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