Final

Cowboys 29

(2-3, 1-2 away)

Ravens 31

(5-1, 4-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 14, 2012

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 7 3 10 929
BAL 3 14 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: T. Romo (DAL) - 261 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Murray (DAL) - 14 CAR, 93 YDS

Receiving: A. Boldin (BAL) - 5 REC, 98 YDS

Jacoby Jones' record-tying kick return helps Ravens by Cowboys

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BALTIMORE -- Eight yards deep in the end zone when he caught the kickoff, Jacoby Jones had an instant to decide: Take a knee or run.

He ran -- all the way into the record book.

"You know when you get that itch? I wanted to scratch it," Jones said. "So I took it."

Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return, and the Baltimore Ravens held off the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 on Sunday for their 14th straight regular-season home win.

The Cowboys amassed 481 yards against a crippled Baltimore defense and held the ball for more than 40 minutes. Dallas totaled 227 yards rushing, the most against the Ravens since the franchise arrived in Baltimore in 1996.

It wasn't enough. Jones' return put the Ravens (5-1) ahead 24-13 in the third quarter, and Dallas (2-3) never got even against a defense that lost cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (right knee) and Jimmy Smith (lower leg strain), along with middle linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee).

Webb tore his ACL, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Lewis will have an MRI on his triceps Monday, a team source confirmed to ESPN's Ed Werder.

And Ngata sprained his MCL and will have an MRI on Monday, a league source told Schefter.

"They threw a lot of haymakers at us," Harbaugh said. "Our guys stepped up at the end and found a way to win the game."

After Dez Bryant scored on a 4-yard pass from Tony Romo with 32 seconds left to make it 31-29, the 2-point conversion pass zipped through the arms of the diving Bryant in the front left corner of the end zone.

Dallas recovered the onside kick, but Dan Bailey was wide left on a 51-yard field goal try with 6 seconds remaining.

"I felt we fought really hard and well through a lot of different adversities in all three phases," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "(The Ravens) have been awfully good for a while. This team's been awfully good in this place for a while. We gave them everything they could handle."

Ray Rice scored two touchdowns and Joe Flacco threw for a score to help the Ravens secure their fourth consecutive victory and enhance their grip on first place in the AFC North. Baltimore's home winning streak is the longest current run in the NFL.

Jones' return tied the mark set by Ellis Hobbs of New England in 2007 and tied in 2011 by Randall Cobb of Green Bay.

"To set the National Football League record for a kickoff return, in what was the difference in the game, is pretty special," Harbaugh said.

The score was essential to the Ravens, who mustered only 1 yard on three offensive plays in the third quarter.

After Jones' touchdown, the Cowboys launched an 80-yard march that ate up more than eight minutes. Romo connected with Bryant for 13 yards on a third-and-11 before throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bryant to make it 24-20.

Dallas followed with two strong defensive series, and a short punt by Baltimore preceded a 21-yard drive to a field goal by Bailey.

Flacco then directed a 10-play, 73-yard march. A 31-yard completion to Anquan Boldin moved the ball to the Dallas 4, and Rice scored from the 1 to provide the Ravens an eight-point cushion.

The Cowboys rallied, but could not complete the comeback.

"At the end of the day, we've got to finish the game and we have to win the game," Garrett said. "We didn't do that."

Added Dallas tight end Jason Witten: "Obviously they're a good team and you don't walk away saying, 'Hey we played a good team close.' You walk away saying, 'We had an opportunity and we lost.' "

Romo went 25 for 36 for 261 yards and two touchdowns, a redemptive performance after he threw five interceptions in his last outing against Chicago. DeMarco Murray ran for 93 yards, Felix Jones had 92 on the ground and Bryant caught 13 passes for 95 yards and two TDs.

Murray left in the second half with a foot injury. His absence did little to deter the Cowboys' running game.

"We ran it inside, we ran it outside, we got some stuff off the run game," Garrett said. "We kept the ball for a long time and those were all good things."

Baltimore trailed 10-3 before scoring touchdowns on a pair of 80-yard drives to take a 17-10 halftime lead.

The Ravens pulled even when Rice ran in from the 1 after a hands-to-the-face penalty against Dallas lineman Kenyon Coleman on third-and-goal from the 2. Earlier in the march, Rice ran 43 yards with a short pass.

Cary Williams' third interception in three games gave the ball back to Baltimore. Flacco completed two 20-yard passes to Boldin before hitting Torrey Smith for a 19-yard score with 41 seconds left in the half.

Facing the top-ranked pass defense in the NFL, Flacco went 13 for 18 for 174 yards in the first half.

The Ravens opened the game with a 14-play drive that lasted over seven minutes and ended with a 38-yard field goal.

Dallas answered with an 80-yard march culminated by a 22-yard run by Felix Jones and featuring a 28-yard run by Murray, longest against the Ravens since 2010. The Cowboys' next possession stretched more than six minutes, covered 56 yards and produced a 42-yard field goal by Bailey for a 10-3 lead.

Game notes


Ravens C Matt Birk played in his 200th NFL game. ... Bobbie Williams started at guard for the Ravens in place of Ramon Harewood, who was inactive after five straight starts. . Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter accompanied the Ravens captains to the coin toss and received a standing ovation. ... Cowboys DL Sean Lissemore left in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

Information from ESPN's Ed Werder, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
BAL
1st Downs3019
Passing 1st downs
1510
Rushing 1st downs
128
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
8-156-10
4th down efficiency
2-20-0
Total Plays7949
Total Yards481316
Yards per play6.16.4
Total Drives109
Passing254230
Comp-Att
25-3617-26
Yards per pass
6.98.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-71-4
Rushing22786
Rushing Attempts
4222
Yards per rush
5.43.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties13-8210-76
Turnovers10
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession40:0319:57

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo25/362617.3211-7
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco17/262349.0101-4

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murray14936.6028
Jones18925.1122
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice16633.9212
Pierce4215.3016

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant13957.3218
Witten68814.7035
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boldin59819.6031
Rice14343.0043

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDALBAL
balFG7:54Justin Tucker 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 60 yds, 7:10
03
dalTD3:26Felix Jones 22 Yard Run (Dan Bailey Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:32
73
SECOND QUARTERDALBAL
dalFG11:33Dan Bailey 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 56 yds, 6:02
103
balTD7:33Ray Rice 1 Yard Run (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:00
1010
balTD1:05Torrey Smith 19 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 1:34
1017
THIRD QUARTERDALBAL
dalFG11:42Dan Bailey 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 55 yds, 3:23
1317
balTD11:37Jacoby Jones 108 Yard Kickoff Return (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 108 yds, 0:00
1324
dalTD3:24Dez Bryant 7 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Dan Bailey Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yds, 8:05
2024
FOURTH QUARTERDALBAL
dalFG8:26Dan Bailey 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 21 yds, 5:07
2324
balTD4:49Ray Rice 1 Yard Run (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yds, 3:41
2331
dalTD0:36Dez Bryant 4 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Tony Romo Pass to Dez Bryant For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 18 plays, 80 yds, 4:09
2931

Research Notes

The Ravens gave up 227 rushing yards Sunday, the most rush yards allowed in franchise history. The Cowboys ran for 183 yards between the tackles, averaging 3.5 yards before contact. Over the last two games, the Ravens defense has allowed a league-high 352 rushing yards between the tackles.
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Joe Flacco completed 13-of-17 passes (76.5 percent) against four or fewer pass rushers for 166 yards, including his only touchdown pass of the game. Flacco was under duress or sacked on just 2-of-18 dropbacks (12.8 percent) against the Cowboys' standard pressure, compared with six of his nine dropbacks against five or more pass rushers.
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The Cowboys tied a season high with 15 penalties today against the Ravens including 6 that were committed in 4th quarter.. Dallas entered the day having committed 4.0 penalties per game in the 4th quarter this season, most in the NFL .
The Cowboys' 227 rushing yards Sunday were the most the Ravens allowed in a game in franchise history.
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