New England 20, Dallas 16

Sunday, October 16, 2011 4:15 PM
WHEN: 4:15 PM EST, Sunday, October 16, 2011
WHERE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
TEMPERATURE: 63°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Walt Coleman
ATTENDANCE: 68756

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Dallas 3 7 3 3 16
New England 3 10 0 7 20

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Dallas 2-3 1-1 1-2 L2
New England 5-1 3-0 2-1 W3

Recap


Tom Brady threw an 8-yard touchdown to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds left and the New England Patriots extended their franchise record to 20 straight regular-season home wins with a 20-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
 
Wes Welker caught a touchdown pass for New England (5-1), which hasn’t lost a regular-season home game since 2008. Brady, who missed all but the opening game that season due to injury, extended his NFL record streak of consecutive regular-season home wins to 31 games.
 
Harassed for most of the day, Brady calmly engineered his 24th career fourth-quarter comeback. In the process, he and Bill Belichick tied Don Shula and Dan Marino for the most wins by a quarterback-coach combination (116) since the 1970 merger.
 
The teams traded three-and-outs after rookie Dan Bailey’s third field goal gave Dallas (2-3) a 16-13 lead with 5:13 left. 

Brady then led a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended with him finding Hernandez on a slant. Brady completed 8 of 9 passes on the drive.
 
It was a surprisingly low-scoring affair between two of the best offenses in the league.  Dallas became the first team to hold the Patriots under 30 points since Cleveland, led by current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, beat the Patriots 34-14 on Nov. 7, 2010.

New England had scored at least 30 points in 13 straight regular-season games - one shy of tying the NFL record.
 
Both teams turned the ball over twice in sloppy first half.
 
Brady’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Welker gave the Patriots a 13-3 lead, but Dallas responded with its best drive of the season. Tony Romo capped an 11-play, 93-yard march with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 33 seconds left in the half.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Dallas   New England
DeMarco Murray Player BenJarvus Green-Ellis
11 Attempts 14
34 Yards 58
3.1 Avg Yards 4.1
0 Touchdowns 0
8 Long 9
Receiving
Dallas   New England
Dez Bryant Player Rob Gronkowski
4 Receptions 7
78 Yards 74
19.5 Avg Yards 10.6
0 Touchdowns 0
33 Long 20

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Dallas 377 77 300 1 3 2 3.0 2
New England 371 101 270 2 2 1 2.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • New England will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Patriots have a W/L % of .833 after a win and .833 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Cowboys have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .400 after a loss.
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