8:30 PM ET, October 8, 2007
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- NFL quarterbacks who turn over the ball six times usually disappear quickly.Tony Romo isn't going anywhere.
In a game decided by field goals, it was really the receiving skills of TE Jason Witten that made the difference for Dallas. Buffalo did everything it could to try to confuse QB Tony Romo, from zone blitzes to having all its defensive linemen use a two-point stance.
Having the front four or five play out of a two-point stance made it hard for Romo to recognize the defense the Bills were in, which contributed to his throwing four interceptions in the first half.
Unfortunately for the Bills, they were unable to contain Witten. Dallas used its signature double tight end formation to score its first touchdown. The Bills had to cover the Dallas tight ends with linebackers for most of the game since the safeties were needed on the outside to provide over-the-top help for the corners on the dangerous receiving combination of Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton.
This allowed Witten to stretch the middle of the Buffalo secondary with linebackers trying to cover him, and Buffalo's linebackers simply could not stay with him.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
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The last time Buffalo had two interception touchdowns in the first half was 15 years ago against Indianapolis ... Romo finished 29-for-50 for 309 yards. Witten had nine catches for 103 yards ... Thurman Thomas, one of the heroes of the great Bills teams of the early '90s that went to four straight Super Bowls, received his Hall of Fame ring at halftime ... Lindell scored six points, giving him 424 with the Bills to pass O.J. Simpson (420 points) for fifth on the team list.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||3.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||09:20||George Wilson 25 Yd Interception Return (Rian Lindell Kick)||0||7|
|TD||12:09||Jason Witten 22 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||7||7|
|FG||03:26||Rian Lindell 24 Yd||7||10|
|TD||03:15||Chris Kelsay 0 Yd Interception Return (Rian Lindell Kick)||7||17|
|FG||00:00||Nick Folk 47 Yd||10||17|
|FG||09:02||Nick Folk 29 Yd||13||17|
|TD||08:48||Terrence Mcgee 103 Yd Kickoff Return (Rian Lindell Kick)||13||24|
|FG||14:47||Nick Folk 37 Yd||16||24|
|TD||00:20||Patrick Crayton 4 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)||22||24|
|FG||00:00||Nick Folk 53 Yd||25||24|