Perhaps it was fitting the Cowboys' season ended this way.
Taking a 10-9 at the start of the 4th quarter, it looked as though Dallas would somehow manage to pull out their second consecutive win to end the year.
It wasn't to be though as Ty Detmer hit Johnny Morton on a touchdown pass over the middle to give the Lions a 5-point advantage. The two-point conversion was no good, but it wouldn't matter as the Lions defense stiffened and the Cowboys offense sputtered.
After a scoreless 1st quarter, Emmitt Smith would rush over the left tackle for a 2-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The drive was highlighted by two picture perfect passes from Quincy Carter on third and long.
Detroit would finally answer at the end of the 2nd quarter after missing two long field goal attempts. Ty Detmer would find tight-end David Sloan in the corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown. The extra point was botched, and Dallas held a 7-6 lead at halftime.
The second half saw both defense take control of the game as neither team moved the ball with any sort of effectiveness, but that doesn't mean there weren't any good highlights if you are a Dallas fan.
Emmitt Smith rushed around the left-end for 13-yards which put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the 11th consecutive season- an NFL record.
Smith ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries to finish his season with 1,021 and increase his career total to 16,187, behind only Walter Payton's 16,726.
A 47-yard field goal by Jason Hansen would be the only scoring of the 3rd quarter as the Lions held a 9-7 lead going into the final period of the season.
The Cowboys would answer with a field goal of their own, this time it was John Hilbert from 33-yards out to give Dallas a 10-9 lead with 14:55 left in the game.
After the Lions regained the lead on Detmer's touchdown pass to Sloan, it was all over.
Safety Marty Carter intercepted Quincy Carter's long lob at Detroit's 19 to hurt Dallas' comeback hopes.
The Cowboys then forced Detroit to punt after three plays, which gave them the ball back on their 40 with 3:23 left. But Dallas turned the ball over on downs less than a minute later, after Ismail dropped a high pass over the middle on 4th-and-15.
Quincy Carter finished the year on a less than stellar note after setting career highs last week with 2 touchdowns and 241 yards passing. The rookie quarterback ended the day 11-of-26 passing for just over 150 yards and 1 interception.
The Cowboys, picked to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season finished 5-11 for the second straight year.
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