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How it Happened: Defense Rises Up; Clutch Plays & More

Posted Oct 12, 2014


SEATTLE - The Cowboys extend their winning streak to five in a row as they knocked off the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks 30-23 at CenturyLink Field Sunday afternoon.

Here are some key moments and stats that propelled the Cowboys to a 5-1 start.

Big Picture:
The Cowboys are for real. They used the ground game and grinded their way to a 5-1 start for first time since 2007. Even though it only counts as one, this was a statement win. Beating the defending Super Bowl Champions in their house. A place where Seattle has lost just once in the previous 19 contests. Maybe this year really is different.


Turning Point:
Terrance Williams catch in the fourth quarter on 3rd and 20. Williams drug his feet to make the spectacular catch, keeping the drive alive. Three plays later, DeMarco Murray scampered 15 yards to the end zone, giving the Cowboys the lead for good.

Key Stat:
DeMarco Murray's streak is alive. With 115 rushing yards, he joins Jim Brown as the second player in NFL history to rush for over 100 yards in six straight games. Murray extended his league lead with 785 yards through six games. Murray out-rushed Marshawn Lynch, who had just 61 yards on 10 carries.

Unsung Hero:
Dan Bailey. His career long 56-yard field goal in the third quarter tied the game at 20 each. If he misses, Seattle is in great
field position, however Mr. Automatic did it again. Earlier in the game, Bailey's 42-yard kick was his 100th of his career, qualifying him for the NFL's all-time leaders. Bailey is now the league's most accurate kicker in history, making over 90 percent of his career kicks.

Don’t Forget About...
The defense. They gave up just 206 total yards to Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch & company. The Cowboys held the Seahawks to 5-13 (38%) on third down. Rod Marinelli had his unit swarming all day. The only touchdown they allowed came as a result of a Dwayne Harris muffed punt on their own 14 yard line. The "D" is definitely back in Dallas.
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