After a wild third quarter gave Dallas a two-point lead, they put the game away with two long touchdown drives. A 16-play drive that began with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter ended with a second Miles Austin touchdown on just his second catch.
The Lions drove into field goal territory, but a Jay Ratliff sack pushed them back and forced a punt. The Cowboys overcame two Marc Colombo penalties, thanks to a 24-yard catch-and-run by Felix Jones and a disputed horsecollar penalty on Julian Peterson. Three short runs set up a 4th-1 at the Lions 29, where Jon Kitna faked a hand-off to Marion Barber and took a naked bootleg in for the score. The run by Kitna was the longest Cowboys QB run since 1980.
Terence Newman intercepted Shaun Hill on the Lions’ third play to close out the win. Dallas was outgained by Detroit, 329-265, but took advantage of several big plays in the second half for the decisive win.
They will take their two game win streak to Thanksgiving Day, as they host the New Orleans Saints after a short week of preparation for both teams. The Saints host the Seattle Seahawks this afternoon at 3:05.