With a healthy Tony Romo back for the Dallas Cowboys, it seems like old times again for Dallas, and on Thanksgiving day the Boys feasted on the Seahawks with a big day on offense in a 34-9 win. Romo, who missed a few games in the middle of the year with a busted little finger on his throwing hand, was as good as he was all year, throwing for 331 yards and three TD’s in going 22-for-34.
When the schedule came out in April, the second part of the three games on the holiday looked as if it would be good, but the Seahawks, who fall to 2-10 with the loss, didn’t live up to their part. It’s been such a down year for the franchise, and Thursday was just another case in point in that . Matt Hasselbeck was chased all day, and even through he ended the day with 287 yards, he also was sacked seven times for minus 45 yards.
The Cowboys got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 14-0 lead just after 10 minutes of play. Romo hit Martellus Bennett with a 16-yard TD with 12:36 left in the first quarter to make it 7-0, then a few series’ later Marion Barber went two yards for another score to make it a two score game and for all intensive purposes put the contest on ice.
Seattle make it 14-3 with an Olindo Mare 44-yard field goal, but then Romo and the Cowboys offense came right back, and he found favorite target Jason Witten for a 7-yard score with 11:57 left in the first half to make it 21-3. The Cowboys and Seattle would trade field goals the remainder of the half to make it 24-6 Dallas at the break.
After another Mare field goal made it 24-9 at the 9:37 mark of the third quarter, Romo hit Terrell Owens for a 19-yard score to make it 31-9 with 2:19 left in the third quarter. Dallas would get a Nick Folk 42-yard field goal with 8:54 left to finish off the scoring at 34-9.
Dallas outgained the Hawks 447-322, and had 24 first downs to 18 for Seattle. They also outran the Hawks 116-80, as Dallas’ D held former back Julius Jones to just 37 yards on 11 carries, and he also fumbled once. The Cowboys are back, and at 8-4, they very well may have be dealt with as the final four weeks approach.
Next week the Cowboys have a huge road game vs the Steelers at Heinz Field. Seattle will be at home to host Matt Cassel and the New England Patriots.