Fujita Saves the Day with Big Play

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells expected his defense to struggle against the Chiefs Sunday. He just didn't expect to give up 493 yards of offense, including 143 yards and three touchdowns from running back Larry Johnson.

Actually the Cowboys didn't fare much better against the passing game, as Trent Green passed for 340 yards.

Parcells said eight or nine defensive players simply played poorly against the Chiefs, and he blamed a lot of it on inexperience, as his team appeared to be confused by the constant shifting on offense by the Chiefs.

The two defensive players Parcells singled out for having strong games were the two who played a huge role in the play that changed the game.

Up 14-10, the Chiefs appeared to be ready to make the score 21-10 before the half. But on third down inside the Cowboys 10-yard line, Green was sacked by linebacker Scott Fujita. The resulting fumble was picked up by defensive Marcus Spears, who rumbled 59 yards the other way to set up a Cowboys touchdown.

Instead of going up 21-10, the Chiefs were down 17-14 at halftime.

"The critical play was the fumble turnaround," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said.

It was simply payback for Fujita, who took advantage of poor blocking skills of Johnson on the sack.

Fujita spent his first three seasons in Kansas City and led the Chiefs in tackles the past two years. But he became expendable after Kansas City drafted Derrick Johnson in the first round.

The Chiefs traded Fujita to the Cowboys before the start of the season for two low-round draft picks.

Fujita, who led the Cowboys with six tackles, was certainly pleased to perform well against his old team -- no matter how much he downplayed it.

"All week long I've been getting phone calls with people trying to make this Scott Fujita vs. the Kansas City Chiefs," Fujita said. "It's not about that. This was a big game for the Dallas Cowboys."

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