Locker Room Report
The Dallas Cowboys responded from one
of their worst home losses in recent memory by rallying for a big win on the road.
Drew Bledsoe connected with Keyshawn Johnson for a 14-yard
touchdown grab and two-point conversion with 1:51 remaining to
lift the Cowboys to a nail-biting 34-31 triumph over the San
Dallas (2-1) had just six days to get over Monday's painful
14-13 loss to Washington in which it surrendered two long
touchdown passes in the final four minutes. The Cowboys started
slowly but erased a 15-point first-half deficit.
"It's huge, absolutely huge," Bledsoe said. "It's a bounce-back
game for us after losing on Monday night. Had we lost two in a
row, it could have been really heartbreaking. It could have
worn us down as a team."
"We needed this win," said Cowboys running back Julius Jones,
who rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns. "The loss last
week, we kind of gave the game away toward the end. We really
needed this win. Coach (Bill) Parcells talked this week about
being a team and he wanted to see what kind of team we were and
I think we showed him and ourselves what kind of team we are
going to have this year."
Cowboys coach Bill Parcells praised his team.
"I'm proud of them, the way they came back, that was a pretty
good comeback so I commend them for that," he said.
Terry Glenn caught two long passes to set up both of the
Cowboys' scores in the final period. His 58-yard grab late in
the third quarter led to Julius Jones' one-yard plunge on the
second play of the fourth period to cut the deficit to 31-26.
"We needed two scores and finally Terry made a couple of big
plays and I thought Drew was good there, too," Parcells said.
"We just didn't get into it today. A couple of guys made a
couple of good plays to get us back in there and we pulled out a
win, but it was a tough win."
Glenn, who had five catches for 137 yards, made a 44-yard grab
at the 15 with 3:33 left in the contest. Bledsoe connected with
Johnson on the go-ahead score three plays later.
"We didn't play consistent on defense," San Francisco safety
Tony Parrish said. "They continued to execute and we didn't.
It's a real letdown. Every time we put some points on the
board, defensively, we would let them back in the game."
San Francisco first-year coach Mike Nolan questioned the
commitment of some his players to the system he's trying to
"The things I will say tomorrow will be things as far as trust,
who believes in the things we are doing, and who seems to think
they have a better idea," he said. "We will find a place for
those that think they have a better idea. The ones that trust
and who I believe are champions, will remain here.
"When you call a defensive or offensive play, a player can do
what he is supposed to do in that play or he can think that he
knows better and does what he wants to do. One decision is
called trust, and one is called distrust."
Bledsoe had another solid game, completing 24-of-38 passes for
363 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. It was the first
300-yard game since September 14, 2003 for Bledsoe, who also ran
for a score in the first quarter.
Tim Rattay, who was 21-of-34 for 269 yards, got San Francisco
(1-2) on the board with a 15-yard TD pass to Arnaz Battle with
3:38 left in the opening period.
"I'm really proud of how hard we played and how hard we fought,"
Battle said. "We disappointed ourselves because we should have
San Francisco took a 14-6 lead when Brandon Lloyd scored on an
89-yard catch-and-run with 8:24 left in the half. Lloyd had
four catches for a career-high 142 yards and two TDs.
The lead grew to 21-6 three plays later when Parrish returned
the first of his two interceptions 34 yards for the touchdown.
It was Parrish's second career interception return for a
touchdown, the other coming as a member of the Chicago Bears on
November 17, 2000.
Parrish's interception late in the third quarter preceded
Lloyd's 15-yard TD grab with less than a minute to go in the
Although he had his second career three-touchdown performance,
Rattay also threw two second-half interceptions as San Francisco
was held to just seven points after the break.
"I never felt it slipping away," Rattay said. "We felt good and
confident throughout the game. I could not make any plays near
the end and I take full responsibility for this loss on the
offensive side of the ball. This loss is most frustrating
because we had a great chance to win and go 2-1, and we just did
not get the job done."
What a Comeback!
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