17 penalties on Lions ease way for Dallas

Cowboys 20 Lions 7

Nfl Week 11

November 21, 2005

IRVING, Texas -- Forget the playbook; it was the rule book that helped the Dallas Cowboys easily beat the Detroit Lions yesterday.

Taking advantage of 17 penalties for 129 yards against the Lions, the Cowboys got two short touchdown runs from Marion Barber and Billy Cundiff kicked a franchise-record 56-yard field goal a day after rejoining the club for a 20-7 victory.

Barber's first touchdown came on the opening drive, and Dallas (7-3) led the rest of the way for its third straight win and fifth in six games. Coming off a wild win Monday night in Philadelphia and with another game ahead Thursday, the Cowboys were happy to have a rare breather - their third game this season not decided in the final minutes.

The Lions (4-6) were hoping to break even going into their own Thanksgiving game but never gave themselves a chance.

Detroit was penalized six times in each of the first two quarters, then five times in the third. The Lions avoided any in the final quarter, but they were still the most ever against Dallas.

Penalties turned failed third downs into first downs on all four Cowboys scoring drives. Detroit gave Dallas a total of nine first downs by penalty, while its offense gained only 11. Through three quarters, the Lions had gained only 25 more yards than they had set themselves back.

Detroit 0 7 0 0- 7

Dallas 7 6 7 0-20

First quarter Dal-Barber 6 run (Cundiff kick), 6:58.

Second quarter Dal-FG Cundiff 19, 6:39. Det-K.Jones 2 run (Hanson kick), 2:49. Dal-FG Cundiff 56, :03.

Third quarter Dal-Barber 4 run (Cundiff kick), 2:21. A-62,670.

Det Dal

First downs 11 25

Total Net Yards 226 253

Rushes-yards 19-57 42-149

Passing 169 104

Punt Returns 1-0 3-24

Kickoff Returns 5-95 2-42

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 17-25-0 12-23-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-0 1-6

Punts 5-39.6 3-32.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-Yards 17-129 5-40

Time of Possession 23:58 36:02 Rushing-Detroit, K.Jones 12-29, Bryson 4-15, Pinner 1-7, Harrington 1-5, Schlesinger 1-1. Dallas, J.Jones 21-92, Barber 15-53, Bledsoe 4-2, Thompson 2-2. Passing-Detroit, Harrington 17-25-0-169. Dallas, Bledsoe 12-23-0-110. Receiving-Detroit, R.Williams 5-72, Rogers 4-41, K.Jones 3-38, Bryson 2-13, Pollard 2-5, FitzSimmons 1-0. Dallas, K.Johnson 5-37, Glenn 3-35, Witten 2-15, J.Jones 1-13, Polite 1-10. Missed field goals-Detroit, Hanson 50 (WL).

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