4:05 PM ET, November 22, 2001
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Denver Broncos came to Texas Stadium seeking a spark to ignite a playoff run. Instead, they nearly burned themselves.Jason Elam kicked four field goals, helping Denver take a 23-point lead into the fourth quarter. Then the Broncos allowed Dallas, which hadn't scored a touchdown in nine quarters, to score three times before holding on for a 26-24 victory Thursday.
QB Ryan Leaf led Dallas to two fourth-quarter TDs, but the Cowboys still fell short vs. Denver.
This was the first time Denver has won at Texas Stadium. The Broncos are the third visiting team to get their first here this season, joining Tampa Bay and San Diego. It also was the first time in six tries that Denver won on Thanksgiving. ... Dallas lost for the fourth time in the last five years on the holiday. ... Hambrick's TD runs were the first two of his career. They came with Emmitt Smith, the NFL's career leader in that category, on the bench. Smith, who had 9 yards on nine carries, hasn't scored this season.