Detroit 34, Dallas 30

Sunday, October 2, 2011 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 2, 2011
WHERE: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: John Parry
ATTENDANCE: 78122

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Detroit 0 3 14 17 34
Dallas 7 13 10 0 30

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 4-0 1-0 3-0 W4
Dallas 2-2 1-1 1-1 L1

Recap


Dallas native Matt Stafford threw a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson with 1:44 to play and the visiting Detroit Lions pulled off another stunning comeback with a 34-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
 
The Lions are 4-0 for the first time since 1980, and Johnson became the first player in NFL history to have at least two touchdowns in each of the first four games of a season.

One week after rallying from 20 points down against Minnesota, the Lions overcame a 24-point deficit by taking advantage of three second-half interceptions by Tony Romo – two of which were returned for touchdowns.

After Stephen Tulloch intercepted Romo at the Dallas 40-yard line, the Lions quickly marched in for the go-ahead score to extend their winning streak to eight games and give them a franchise-record fifth consecutive road win. 

Stafford, who won a state championship for nearby Highland Park as a high school senior, lobbed a fade to Johnson after a holding penalty gave the Lions a first-and-goal.

Detroit trailed 27-3 after Romo’s third touchdown pass – a 1-yard toss to Jason Witten – but the Lions returned interceptions for touchdowns on consecutive third-quarter series.

Former Cowboy linebacker Bobby Carpenter ran back a pick 35 yards and Chris Houston’s 56-yard return for a score gave the Lions new life.

For the Cowboys (2-2), it was a meltdown eerily similar to the Week 1 loss to the New York Jets in which they blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead for the first time in team history.

Romo threw two touchdowns to Dez Bryant in the first half as Dallas took a 20-3 lead at intermission. 

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Detroit   Dallas
Jahvid Best Player Felix Jones
11 Attempts 16
47 Yards 57
4.3 Avg Yards 3.6
0 Touchdowns 0
19 Long 19
Receiving
Detroit   Dallas
Calvin Johnson Player Laurent Robinson
8 Receptions 7
96 Yards 116
12.0 Avg Yards 16.6
2 Touchdowns 0
23 Long 44

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Detroit 303 63 240 4 2 3 1.0 0
Dallas 434 113 321 3 3 1 0.0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Dallas will play their next game on the road against New England. The Cowboys have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Lions have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
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