Johnson TD catch caps rally for Dallas

Cowboys 34 49ers 31

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Week Three

September 26, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO — In a rivalry with this much history, it was only fitting for Keyshawn Johnson to borrow a move from a former great to score the dramatic winning touchdown.

Only the Dallas Cowboys receiver's inspiration played for the other team - which could make the furious San Francisco 49ers even more frustrated.

Johnson caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Drew Bledsoe with 1:51 to play, and the Cowboys rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over San Francisco yesterday.

Johnson's score capped a precise 76-yard scoring drive by the Cowboys (2-1), who fell behind early but rallied late in their third straight nail-biting game of the season. After losing their composure and their 13-point lead in the final four minutes of last Monday's loss to Washington, Johnson's catch finished an impressive display of late-game poise.

Johnson said the play was a "speed-out."

"I think it's taken out of Jerry Rice back in the day," he said.

Bledsoe, the veteran acquired for his calm leadership as much as his arm, was 24-for-38 for 363 yards, passing Joe Montana for eighth place on the NFL's career yards passing list with his first 300-yard game since Sept. 14, 2003. Terry Glenn had 137 yards receiving and Julius Jones rushed for two scores for the Cowboys, who would love a relaxing game any weekend now.

"I can't take too many more of these. That's three in a row," Jones said.

Dallas won its opener with an end-zone interception on the final play at San Diego, but Washington rallied for a 14-13 win last week.

"I think we proved we can take a punch and still win in the end," Dallas coach Bill Parcells said. "You take them any way you can. That's three of these right to the wire. Usually, you're only supposed to have four [decided by] three points or under the entire season, so we're almost right up against our quota right now."

Dallas 0 12 7 15-34

San Francisco 7 17 7 0-31

First quarter SF-Battle 15 pass from Rattay (Nedney kick), 3:29.

Second quarter Dal-Bledsoe 6 run (kick failed), 8:46. SF-Lloyd 89 pass from Rattay (Nedney kick), 7:43. SF-Parrish 34 interception return (Nedney kick), 6:42. Dal-Witten 6 pass from Bledsoe (pass failed), 3:33. SF-FG Nedney 20, :15.

Third quarter Dal-J.Jones 1 run (Cortez kick), 9:24. SF-Lloyd 13 pass from Rattay (Nedney kick), :40.

Fourth quarter Dal-J.Jones 1 run (Cortez kick), 14:51. Dal-K.Johnson 14 pass from Bledsoe (K.Johnson pass from Bledsoe), 1:51. A-68,247.

Dal SF

First downs 26 19

Total Net Yards 443 390

Rushes-yards 32-95 25-124

Passing 348 266

Punt Returns 2-8 1-10

Kickoff Returns 6-114 5-94

Interceptions Ret. 2-7 2-34

Comp-Att-Int 24-38-2 21-34-2

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-15 2-3

Punts 3-42.0 5-39.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 6-45 8-67

Time of Possession 32:05 27:55 Rushing-Dallas, J.Jones 26-85, Bledsoe 3-5, Thompson 1-3, Polite 1-2, Crayton 1-0. San Francisco, Barlow 12-65, Gore 7-42, Rattay 4-21, Battle 2-(minus 4).

Passing-Dallas, Bledsoe 24-38-2-363. San Francisco, Rattay 21-34-2-269.

Receiving-Dallas, Witten 6-85, T.Glenn 5-137, K.Johnson 5-74, Crayton 4-39, J.Jones 4-28. San Francisco, Battle 6-68, Lloyd 4-142, Barlow 4-28, Morton 4-19, Hetherington 1-7, Gore 1-5, T.Smith 1-0. Missed field goals-None.

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