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DALLAS COWBOYS 19, CAROLINA PANTHERS 14

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Dallas wins 19-14, sends Panthers to 1-5

By Ron Green Jr.
rgreenjr@charlotteobserver.com

A 38-yard field goal by Dan Bailey extended the Dallas lead and the Cowboys held on to win 19-14. Carolina is now 1-5.

Dallas leads 19-14 late

Score: Dallas 19, Carolina 14

Scoring play: A 38-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards. Time of Drive: 1:15).

Key play: On second down inside the red zone, Tony Romo looked for Dez Bryant in the end zone against Josh Thomas. Bryant missed the sure touchdown and the Cowboys would have to settle for a field goal.

Time of game: 3:25 in the fourth quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers under head coach Ron Rivera have had the lead or been tied in the fourth quarter 15 times, including today. Carolina is 7-7 in those games.

Panthers take 14-13 lead with Tolbert touchdown

Score: Carolina 14, Dallas 13

Scoring play: A 2-yard rush by Mike Tolbert.

Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:20

Key play: After two key drops earlier in the game, wide receiver Louis Murphy made a nice grab in the open field and took it 26 yards to get Carolina in the red zone.

Time of game: 11:38 in the fourth quarter.

Worth mentioning: Running back DeAngelo Williams has just two carries for four yards so far. Jonathan Stewart has gotten most of the touches (eight) in the backfield while Newton leads all rushers with 64 yards on the ground.

Cowboys add field goal, lead Panthers 13-7

Score: Dallas 13, Carolina 7

Scoring play: A 49-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

Drive: 6 plays, 9 yards, 3:27

Key play: Defensive end Greg Hardy finally got some pressure on Romo, who has not been knocked down all game. Romo hurried out of the pocket on third down and his pass to tight end Jason Witten fell to the ground.

Time of game: 2:13 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: Cowboys top wideout Dez Bryant has not been on the field since returning a punt earlier in the quarter. There are multiple reports that he is being checked on the sideline for a concussion.

Cowboys back in front 10-7

Score: Dallas 10, Carolina 7

Scoring play: A 26-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Miles Austin.

Drive: 4 plays, 63 yards, 1:48

Key play: On third down, Romo fonud Miles Austin across the middle of a 36-yard gain. The Panthers blitzed Romo with a deep safety blitz from Charles Godfrey. Romo picked up the blitz and found the soft part of the field for the second time this game. In the first half he found Austin on a similar blitz but Austin fumbled after a 15-yard pickup.

Time of game: 7:44 in the third quarter.

Worth mentioning: Dallas and Romo will be without their starting center. Phil Costa injured his right ankle on a Luke Kuechly fumble return in the first half and was ruled out for the game coming out of halftime.

Panthers 7, Cowboys 3, halftime

After wasting some earlier opportunities, the Panthers got a five-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Brandon LaFell with 14 seconds remaining in the second quarter to take a 7-3 lead over Dallas into halftime at Bank of America Stadium.

The possession started with a takeaway when Thomas Davis knocked the ball free from Cowboys receiver Thomas Davis and it was recovered by linebacker Luke Kuechly, giving the Panthers possession at the Dallas 20-yard line after an illegal block penalty against Charles Godfrey.

The Panthers squandered good field position in the first quarter, failing to score after starting their first two possessions at the 40 and 45-yard line, respectively.

The Cowboys used a grinding 18-play, 91-yard drive to take a 3-0 early in the second quarter on a Dan Bailey field goal. Dallas chewed up 10 minutes, 10 seconds with the possession. The Cowboys converted four third-downs on the drive before stalling at the Carolina 1-yard line.

The Panthers finally mounted a drive of their own behind Newton's running and throwing.

Newton had a 24-yard scramble on third down to keep the drive alive at the Dallas 30-yard line. Two plays later, Newton kept the ball on a designed play and rumbled 21 yards to the Cowboys' 7-yard line.

But the drive died suddenly when Newton was intercepted in the end zone by Cowboys rookie Morris Claiborne. Newton was looking for receiver Louis Murphy in the end zone when he was hit as began his throw. The pass came up well short and Claiborne made a diving catch to end the Carolina threat.

The Panthers were without starting middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Chris Gamble, both inactive due to injuries. It was also their first game since losing Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil to a season-ending foot injury. -- Ron Green Jr.

Dallas up early

After the Panthers had two three-and-outs, they were presented with a scoring opportunity in the second quarter. But that's when Carolina quarterback Cam Newton threw an interception in the end zone.

Dallas had already gotten on the board first and led 3-0.

Score: Dallas 3, Carolina 0

Scoring play: A 19-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

Drive: 18 plays, 91 yards, 10:10.

Key play: Facing 3-and-4 from their own 14-yard line, Dallas was in danger of going three-and-out for a second straight time. Tony Romo found tight end Jason Witten for his second catch of the game that went for 11 yards. Witten had four catches for 29 yards on that drive.

Time of game: 14:16 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers have already had two three-and-outs with great starting field position. The drive lasted more than 10 minutes, and Carolina's defense needs a breather on the sideline before heading back out.

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