Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 10/6/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Denver Broncos 51, Dallas Cowboys 48
October 6, 2013
The Week 5 matchup between the Broncos and Cowboys was all set up to be one of the biggest battles of the weekend. Peyton Manning and the Broncos were bringing their high-flying offense into the Jerry Dome in the Big D to take on a pretty solid Cowboys team who had shown some sparks of brilliance during the young season. Dallas was coming off a tough loss to San Diego in Week 4, while Denver did their usual dismantling of the opposition, destroying Philadelphia in a dominant win.
Let’s check out the statistics and key players in this one as we break down what happened throughout the course of the game. Afterward we’ll take a look forward to Week 6 and see what’s on the upcoming schedule.
What Happened: For a while during the first half, Dallas was dominating this game. They were following the exact recipe for defeating a Manning-led team: keep Peyton off the field as much as possible. The Cowboys had a 17-7 lead at one point, but then Manning and the gang roared back, tallying three big touchdowns for a 28-20 halftime lead.
After the break, it turned into a pass-fest as Manning and Romo attempted to out-duel each other. Peyton tossed an ill-advised interception late in the third, and Dallas was able to capitalize with another score that wrestled the lead away again. The two teams traded scoring strikes until the waning minutes of regulation, when Romo threw a costly interception of his own. Manning and company took over and ate the rest of the clock, taking the win on a last-second field goal for a 51-48 final score.
The 99 combined points were the fourth-highest in NFL history.
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The Stars: Tony Romo played the game of his life, tallying 506 yards (a franchise record) and five passing touchdowns. It’s a shame that his lone blemish had to come at such an inopportune time. Jason Witten (121 yards, one TD), Dez Bryant (141 yards, 2 TDs) and Terrance Williams (151 yards, one TD) all had stellar games.
On the other side, Peyton was his usual Manning-y self, and aside from his ugly interception he was spectacular as well. He finished with 414 yards and five total touchdowns (one rushing). Benefiting there were Julius Thomas (122 yards, two scores) and Eric Decker (87 yards, one TD). Knowshon Moreno chipped in with 93 and a score on the ground.
The Goats: There wasn’t much defense to speak of until the very end of the game, when Denver came up with a big sack and an even bigger interception. Romo’s protection broke down on that play and altered his throw, so it wasn’t totally his fault.
The Cowboys didn’t get much of a running game going, but that’s understandable given the fact that they had to keep pace with Manning. DeMarco Murray tallied just 43 yards but did get into the end zone.
Dallas also had some issues with penalties (nine), but it’s tough singling out any one area as a real negative here. It was just a well-played game on both sides, thanks mostly to the quarterbacks.
Injuries: The Broncos lost a few players here: Robert Ayers (shoulder), Chris Harris (concussion) and Wesley Woodyard (shoulder) all came out. We’ll have to monitor their statuses in the coming days for Week 6.
The Cowboys came away pretty clean on the injury front, but were without Miles Austin and Justin Durant.
Outlook: Both teams will need a breather after that incredible performance. The Broncos look like they’ll be getting one when Jacksonville comes to town in Week 6. For the Cowboys, they’ll be playing the Sunday night game against the Redskins on NBC.
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