It's not often two players like Jon Kitna are responsible for big plays.
But Kitna, the backup quarterback in Dallas until Tony Romo broke his collar bone last month, threw three touchdown passes Sunday afternoon against the hapless Lions to help lead America's Team to its second win in as many weeks.
Well, the undrafted free agent out of SMU returned a punt a 97 yards in the third quarter, one week after taking back an interception 101 yards for another score.
"Obviously, we are trying to turn the season around as we didn't start out like we wanted to and definitely anything I can do to help get us back on the right path, I'm grateful that I have the talent to go out there and do it," McCann said.
"Everyone wants to be the guy to make that play and it just feels good to be the spark to help ignite the time and get everyone rolling."
In a season that makes no sense, it seems fitting that two relatively unknown players have been critical in ending a losing streak that seemed to go on forever.
"The people I am playing with allow me to play at this level," Kitna, the 38 year old quarterback said. "That's the way I look at quarterback. The people you play with allow you to play at your highest level.
"I said last week, the Giant game was one of the easiest games I have ever played. Everyone wanted to talk about how well I played. That was easy. The linemen reduced the game to 7-on-7. That's a quarterback's dream. And they played well tonight."
The last time the Lions won a road game was Oct. 28, 2007 when they won at Chicago, 16-7, and the Cowboys made a statement early that streak would stay likely intact.
Dallas went 98 yards on its opening possession to get out to a quick 7-0 lead, but the Lions responded with 10 second quarter points to take a three-point advantage into halftime.
After an early second half safety pushed the lead to 12-7, McCann's touchdown gave the Cowboys the lead for good, 14-12, before a three-yard pass from Kitna to Miles Austin pushed the lead to nine.
The Lions responded with a 14 yard touchdown pass from Shaun Hill to Calvin Johnson to bring the lead back within two, but Dallas slammed the door shut in the fourth quarter with more big plays.
After another touchdown pass from Kitna to Austin, the veteran quarterback had one more trick up his sleeve - a 29 yard touchdown run with 3:17 left to ice the game.
Kitna joked with reporters afterwards, "You're as young as you feel. Being around young guys keeps you young. It's my 15th year in the league but I haven't played 15 years. It's not like with Brett [Favre], he's just taken massive amounts of hits. ... It's the hand of God to allow me, really the last two years, to let my body heal. It has been a huge blessing."
While the win certainly helps repair the damage of a disappointing season, the Cowboys know there's plenty of work to be done.
"We are going to enjoy this one today but tomorrow we have to put it behind us," tight end Jason Witten said. "When you look at where you're at you kind of kick yourself in the foot that this didn't happen earlier. There's a lot of emotion out there and a lot of passion."
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