Cowboys Defense Disrupts Patriots Streak

The Dallas Cowboys have done something no other team in the NFL has accomplished in 2011 -- they held the Patriots to under 30 points. Despite the outcome of the final drive, the Dallas defense put the team in position to win. But, holding Brady in check when the game is on the line, proved to be too much.

Defense does solid job on Patriots

   --Give the Cowboys defense credit for doing as good a job on Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense as any team in the league this season. They managed to hold Tom Brady to under 30 points, a first for any team in 2011.

   But in the end it wasn't good enough.

   Brady completed only 19 of 32 passes for 211 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions on the Patriots' first 10 possessions. The Patriots also lost their first two fumbles of the year; one was on a kickoff and the other was on a pass reception.

   But Brady was Brady when it mattered the most, completing eight of nine passes for 78 yards on the Patriots' game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

   "I think when you go against that offense, and the challenges that they present, I think scheme is part of it," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "And we felt that we matched up well with them physically in some of the matchups, but you want to show them different looks. When you are playing against a quarterback like Tom Brady, he's going to go down as one of the all-time greats, and he is one of the elite players in this league and has been for a long time, so you have to make it hard on him when you play him. And I think we were able to do that at different points."

   It was Brady's 32nd career fourth-quarter comeback.

Red Zone Struggles
  --The Cowboys again failed in the red zone against the Patriots. They were one for three on touchdowns in the red zone, making them six for 18 for the season.

   It cost the Cowboys the game on Sunday and will cost them more games in the future if they don't get it fixed.
   "We have to find ways to get in the end zone," tight end Jason Witten said. "Three is not enough. We have to have that attack mindset."

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