PASS OFFENSE: A -- Bill Parcells opened the offense up, and quarterback Drew Bledsoe responded with a masterful game. He completed 22 of 34 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns.
RUSH OFFENSE: B -- The Cowboys gained 129 yards on 28 carries, including
82 yards on 15 carries by rookie RB Marion Barber. Credit better blocking
up front, but also credit Barber for making some things happen with the game on the line.
PASS DEFENSE: C -- QB Trent Green was let down mostly by his own
receivers, who had several drops. He passed for 340 yards and a touchdown.
However, the biggest play in the game was a sack and forced fumble by LB
Scott Fujita that killed a Chiefs scoring drive and set up a Cowboys
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- RB Larry Johnson rushed 143 yards on 26 carries. The
Cowboys were confused by the Chiefs' offensive shifts. They also couldn't
handle Johnson's combination of speed and power.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- After giving up two good kickoff returns to Dante Hall in the first half, the Cowboys contained him late in the game. Matt
McBriar was solid on punts with a 40.5 average on four attempts. The Cowboys
botched a pooch punt when deep snapper L.P. Ladouceur snapped the ball to
the wrong person.
OVERALL: B -- The Cowboys played desperately and coached desperately
against the Chiefs and came away with a season-saving victory. With two of
the next three on the road, nothing is guaranteed, but at least now they
still have the opportunity to earn a playoff berth.
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