The Cowboys, on the other hand, still have some things to prove. The duel in Dallas between two undefeated teams was simply no contest as the Patriots ran away with a 48-27 victory.
The Cowboys are still considered Super Bowl contenders from the NFC,
but they hoped to let world know the glory days were back. A victory
against Patriots would have also legitimized their Super Bowl title
aspirations. Right now, however, the AFC remains the best conference
with the two best teams in the Patriots and the undefeated defending
Super Bowl champion Colts.
"They are that good," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "We wanted to
be one of the elite teams. Obviously, we're not. We got a lot of work to
do. I think it's a wake up call for us."
The Cowboys, who were looking to go 6-0 for the first time since
1983, are tied with the Packers with 5-1 records in the NFC. They remain
a game and half ahead of the Redskins (3-2) and Giants (3-2) in the NFC
"Hopefully we'll see them down the road," receiver Terrell Owens
said. "We just got to regroup. There's no confidence lost in the locker
"They are a good football team," said quarterback Tony Romo. "We are
5-1. That's a pretty darn good football team. We didn't win today. But
there have been plenty cases over course time where a team didn't win
every game and still came out pretty good."
The Cowboys will try to get back on the winning track against the
Vikings next Sunday. Although Minnesota is 2-3, the task won't be easy
with rookie running back Adrian Peterson emerging as a star. He rushed
for 224 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears in Week 6.
The Cowboys will begin the task of rebounding from the Patriots loss
by focusing on themselves. They committed 12 penalties for 98 yards in
the game. They also need to improve their third-down defense.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passed for franchise record-tying five
touchdowns. He was especially lethal on third down -- converting six of
his first seven and 11 of 17.
"They killed us on third down the whole game," Phillips said. "We
tried about everything we could do, almost every coverage and blitz.
They seemed to have the right answer and that's certainly their
quarterback. He does a great job distributing the ball."
--WR Patrick Crayton caught his fourth touchdown of the season
against the Patriots, tying his single-season career-high established in
--LB Greg Ellis picked up his second sack of the season on a
second-quarter takedown of Tom Brady. Ellis also forced a fumble on the
play which was recovered by Jason Hatcher, who returned it 27 yards for
--DE Jason Hatcher recorded his first career touchdown against the
Patriots on a 27-yard fumble return in the second quarter. It was the
first fumble recovery for a touchdown since DeMarcus Ware returned a
fumble 69 yards for a touchdown at Philadelphia (10/8/06).
--WR Terrell Owens (828) finished with six catches against the
Patriots, allowing him to move past Larry Centers (827) for 12th place
on the NFL's all-time receptions chart.
--LB DeMarcus Ware has now recorded a sack in three consecutive
games, tying the longest streak of his career. He had a streak of four
games with a sack two previous times -- Weeks Three-Six (2005) and Weeks
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