Needing a win in the worst way Sunday afternoon after an 0-2 start, the Dallas Cowboys found exactly they were looking for in Houston.
Behind a punishing performance by the defense and some timely passes to Roy Williams, Dallas defeated Houston 27-13 to notch its first win of the 2010 season.
"We played with fire," linebacker Bradie Jame said. "We were relentless. We wouldn't be denied. You don't want to go to the bye week with a loss and be 0-3. We wanted to get a win. It was a total team effort."
After falling behind 3-0, Tony Romo directed a quick scoring drive led by two third-down completions to rookie wide out Dez Bryant. A 17 yard completion to Miles Austin setup the Cowboys with first and goal from the 1.
Marion Barber, who finished with 55 yards on 17 carries, scored on the next play to give Dallas a 7-3 lead.
David Buehler then converted on a 49 yard field goal as time ran out in the first half to give Dallas a 10-3 lead headed to the locker room.
The second half was all about the big play and the Dallas defense.
Romo connected with Roy Williams for a pair of big ones- one from 15 yards and one for 63 - both resulting in back-breaking touchdowns.
Williams' 63-yard touchdown catch today was the third-longest of his career behind a 91-yard catch (at Philadelphia, 9/23/07) and a 66-yard catch at Tampa Bay (9/13/09) – both touchdowns.
Romo finished with 284 yards passing on 23-of-30 through the air.
"There's no sense of relief," Romo said afterwards. "We're still in a position where we've got to keep grinding to get out of this and we understand that. We know that it's not always going to be perfect, but we've got to find a way to keep getting wins."
The Texans, who came in as the league's top-rated offense, didn't score their first touchdown until 1:15 left in the game - a meaningless 7-yard pass from Matt Schaub to Kevin Walter.
With the Cowboys facing a bye this coming weekend, the win seemed to breathe new life into the organization- especially when faced with the idea of headed to mid-October without a win.
"The thing about this league is you either feel good or feel bad after Sunday," head coach Wade Phillips said. "We feel good right now. Our team came out and showed the way we can play. The little things that were missing in the first couple of games, I think we came through with. We played solid all the way around."
Dallas gets it done
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