Final

Ravens 37

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Cowboys 30

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: NFL

7:00 PM ET, August 16, 2014

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 14 13 7 337
DAL 7 3 7 1330

Top Performers

Passing: B. Weeden (DAL) - 129 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Taliaferro (BAL) - 16 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bryant (DAL) - 3 REC, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Tony Romo throws TD pass in return, but Ravens top Cowboys

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Romo passed the first test with his surgically repaired back, and Baltimore's defense and special teams made three more scoring drives from Joe Flacco an afterthought.

Deonte Thompson returned a kickoff 108 yards for a score after Romo threw a touchdown pass in his preseason debut for Dallas, Flacco had a scoring toss and the Ravens beat the Cowboys 37-30 on Saturday night.

The Ravens (2-0) also got a 26-yard fumble return for a touchdown when Courtney Upshaw picked up a botched handoff from Romo and stayed on his feet while Romo tried to drag him down by his jersey.

Romo's final play was a 31-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant midway through the first quarter.

"He looked good," Bryant said. "He wanted to show the world he is '9' and he's a baller."

Dallas is 0-2 in the preseason.

Baltimore led 14-7 before Flacco took the field for the first time late in the first quarter. He threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Torrey Smith for a 24-10 lead late in the first half.

Romo was expected to take about a dozen snaps in first game since surgery for a herniated disk that kept him out of a loss to Philadelphia in playoffs-or-bust finale last December. That ended up being two possessions after a botched exchange with running back DeMarco Murray led to Upshaw's score.

"My mindset was to pick it up quickly," Upshaw said. "Romo was kind of trying to get out of the way, so I just took advantage and broke through his tackle to score a touchdown."

Murray had 25 of his 34 yards rushing and a 21-yard catch on the next drive, which ended with Bryant leaping over Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks at the goal line and falling into the end zone.

Romo was 4 of 5 for 80 yards, and Bryant had three catches for 59 yards after both skipped the preseason-opening loss at San Diego, along with several other offensive and defensive starters.

"Some things came up that were a little different we hadn't seen," Romo said. "We were able to communicate and be on the same page and the receivers, me, the linemen. It just shows we are doing some going things and are further along than you might usually be this early."

Thompson answered Romo's touchdown by getting to the left sideline untouched and having only kicker Dan Bailey to beat, which he did easily around midfield to put the Ravens ahead for good. Thompson also had a 50-yard kickoff return.

Flacco had a rougher start than in Baltimore's win over San Francisco in the exhibition opener, when he led an 80-yard scoring drive on his only possession. But he finished 9 of 14 for 133 yards and is 4-for-4 in getting points with first-year offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's version of the West Coast offense.

After a drive to the first of three field goals from Justin Tucker, Flacco's only touchdown drive was kept alive by a roughing-the-passer penalty against George Selvie on a third-down incompletion. The Ravens scored two plays later after Flacco's longest pass of the night -- a 38-yard to Jacoby Jones -- and Smith's over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone despite tight coverage from rookie cornerback Terrance Mitchell.

Like Flacco, Romo backup Brandon Weeden wasn't as smooth in his second preseason game. He underthrew Terrance Williams just enough to give Baltimore's Chykie Brown a chance to break up what otherwise would have been a scoring pass and finished 10 of 19 for 129 yards with a sack and an interception.

The Ravens gave up 184 yards and 11 first downs with their first team on the field in the first quarter, including Romo's 83-yard scoring drive. But the backups were solid for a team looking for depth on a unit struggling with injuries.

Game notes


Ravens RB Ray Rice played only the second series and had two carries for 21 yards, including an 18-yarder. He has a shoulder bruise that isn't considered serious. ... Baltimore CB Jimmy Smith left the game early with a chest contusion that is considered mild. ... Cowboys LB DeVonte Holloman was sidelined by a neck injury. ... Cowboys S Ahmad Dixon was benched because he was late to a walkthrough practice. He was the defensive standout for Dallas against San Diego.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAL
DAL
1st Downs2022
Passing 1st downs
915
Rushing 1st downs
86
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
3-124-10
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6362
Total Yards331398
Yards per play5.36.4
Total Drives1214
Passing180280
Comp-Att
17-2920-34
Yards per pass
5.68.0
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-151-6
Rushing151118
Rushing Attempts
3127
Yards per rush
4.94.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-22-2
Penalties7-609-72
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20
Possession29:1430:46

Passing Leaders

BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco9/171136.6100-0
Taylor6/8597.4001-6
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Weeden10/191296.8011-6
Romo4/58016.0100-0

Rushing Leaders

BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Taliaferro16593.7110
Pierce7557.9030
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Randle7415.9019
Williams5367.2127

Receiving Leaders

BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones34916.3038
Brown23115.5020
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant35919.7131
Escobar35819.3037

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALDAL
balTD11:33Courtney Upshaw 26 Yd Fumble Return (Justin Tucker Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 8 yds, 3:27
70
dalTD6:44Dez Bryant 31 Yd pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 83 yds, 4:49
77
balTD6:32Deonte Thompson 108 Yd Kickoff Return (Justin Tucker Kick)
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:12
147
SECOND QUARTERBALDAL
dalFG14:10Dan Bailey 53 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yds, 3:04
1410
balFG11:18Justin Tucker 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 34 yds, 2:52
1710
balTD2:47Torrey Smith 19 Yd pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 96 yds, 3:51
2410
balFG0:08Justin Tucker 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yds, 1:28
2710
THIRD QUARTERBALDAL
balTD10:23Lorenzo Taliaferro 3 Yd Run (Justin Tucker Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 67 yds, 4:37
3410
dalTD0:00James Hanna 24 Yd pass from Caleb Hanie (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yds, 2:06
3417
FOURTH QUARTERBALDAL
dalTD7:26Ryan Williams 3 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 2:06
3424
dalTD4:35Jamar Newsome 5 Yd pass from Dustin Vaughan (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 5 plays, 46 yds, 1:27
3430
balFG0:21Justin Tucker 49 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 39 yds, 4:14
3730