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Ravens Beat Cowboys, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Written by: Andrew Mindzak

This game was doomed from the start for the Baltimore Ravens. Playing on the road in Dallas against a Cowboys team desperate for a playoff birth in their last game at Texas Stadium. Baltimore had to face the same Cowboys who just dismantled the World Champion Giants the
week before, beating them 20-8. And if that wasn't enough, T.O. and company seem to be on the same page (at least for now, so don't go holding your breath). The Ravens however, had different plans.

Baltimore beat the Cowboys 33-24, and Le'Ron McClain ran for 139 yards on 22 carries including the exclamation point 82 yard TD run with just over a minute left in the game to extend the Ravens lead, much to the chagrin of the 63,000 on hand. Joe Flacco had a pretty solid game, completing 68% of his passes for 149 yards and 1 TD pass. Willis McGahee also ran for over 100 yards, the majority of those yards came on a 77 TD run the drive before McClain broke free for his long TD run.

The game was low scoring early on, with the Ravens leading 9-7 at the half thanks to three Matt Stover field goals. The third quarter saw Baltimore adding another TD on a 13 yard pass from Flacco to Derrick Mason. With Baltimore now up 16-7, the stage was set for a crazy fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Dallas and Baltimore traded field goals until Tony Romo found Terrell Owens for a 7 yard touchdown which cut the Ravens lead to 19-17. On the first play from scrimmage, McGahee took off for a 77 yard touchdown run extending the Ravens' lead back to 9. Dallas answered right back on their next drive as Romo hooked up with Jason Witten for a score as the Cowboys reduced the lead back down to two. Baltimore came right back with McClain who, on the first play from scrimmage yet again, broke off an 82 yard TD run putting the Ravens up by 9 again.

That run provided the game's final score, and possibly ended the Cowboys playoff hopes, all the while helping the Ravens solidify their playoff hopes. Baltimore still holds on to the last wildcard spot, but with the Dolphins and Patriots breathing down their necks, they will most assuredly need to beat the Jaguars at home next weekend to get

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