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NFL Game Summary - Dallas at Houston



(Sunday, September 26th)

Final Score: Dallas 27, Houston 13

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Roy Williams, as the Dallas Cowboys picked up a much-needed victory by beating the Houston Texans, 27-13, at Reliant Stadium.

Romo turned in a solid performance, completing 23-of-30 tosses for 284 yards. Williams had five receptions for 117 yards for the Cowboys (1-2), who avoided dropping their first three games of the year for the first time since 2001.

"It was a big win for this football team," Williams said. "Everyone counted us out all week and changed their Super Bowl predictions. We took that in and went out there and played ball."

Matt Schaub threw for 241 yards on 23-of-32 attempts with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Texans (2-1), who were aiming to start a season 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. Arian Foster finished the game with 106 yards on 17 carries.

"We struggled today. We made mistakes. We weren't very good in the red zone. We hurt ourselves with some big penalties," said Houston head coach Gary Kubiak.

The Cowboys went for it on fourth down twice on the game's opening drive, opting against a field goal and stalling at the Houston 29-yard line.

Houston crossed midfield on its first possession but was forced to punt. The Texans marched into Dallas territory on their next series. The big play coming when Foster took a delayed handoff and converted a 3rd-and-19 with a 21-yard run to the Cowboys' 32. On the next play, Schaub hit Andre Johnson on a screen pass and he rumbled to the six, but the Texans were forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Neil Rackers four minutes into the second quarter.

Romo and the Cowboys responded on the subsequent series, engineering a 13-play drive that began with an illegal blocking penalty negating a 32-yard reception by Felix Jones. Dallas overcame the mistake, converting a trio of lengthy third downs en route to a one-yard TD run from Marion Barber.

Dallas got the ball back after a punt, and David Buehler drilled a 49-yard field goal as the half expired to put the Cowboys 10-3.

Following the break, cornerback Mike Jenkins picked off Schaub -- the first takeaway of the season by the Dallas defense - and the Cowboys converted the turnover into a 15-yard TD pass from Romo to Williams.

Schaub led the Texans to the goal line on the ensuing drive, but successive runs by Foster resulted in a loss of two yards. Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking then sacked Schaub on third down and Rackers trimmed Houston's deficit to 17-6 with a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys increased their lead after Romo and Williams hooked up for a 63- yard TD, and a Foster fumble resulted in Buehler kicking a 40-yarder to make it 27-6.

Schaub hit Kevin Walter for a seven-yard score with 1:15 remaining and Houston recovered the onside kick to keep things interesting. However, any chance of a dramatic comeback were squashed when Danny McCray intercepted a tipped ball thrown by Schaub.

Game Notes

Dallas became the second NFL team since the merger to reach 400 wins (including playoffs), joining the Pittsburgh Steelers...Barber ran for 55 yards on 17 carries...Dallas tight end Jason Witten caught a game-high seven passes for 56 yards...The Cowboys have won two of the three all-time meetings with the Texans...Houston had won six consecutive games, the longest win streak in club history.

09/26 18:12:24 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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