Cowboys dealt dusting

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens have not faced the Cowboys in Texas Stadium. So tomorrow night's final Cowboys game in the venerable sports venue will be the one and only for Baltimore. The last time the Ravens met the Cowboys was Nov. 21, 2004, at M&T; Bank Stadium. At the time, the Ravens were 6-3 and the Cowboys were 3-6. When the dust cleared, the Ravens had a 30-10 victory, Kyle Boller was actually beginning to look like a quarterback and the team was 7-3 after 10 games for the first time in franchise history. Although the Steelers held a firm grip on the AFC North, a wild-card berth was not out of the question for the Ravens with six games remaining.

WHAT HAPPENED: : After the Ravens' offense was shut out in the first half, Boller threw for two touchdowns in the third quarter, and the Ravens never looked back. With the Ravens relying on the passing game after star running back Jamal Lewis suffered a sprained right ankle in the first quarter, Boller threw the ball on 11 of 15 plays to lead touchdown drives of 78 and 63 yards for a 14-3 Ravens lead in the third quarter. The defense took over in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Nickel back Chad Williams intercepted the Cowboys' Vinny Testaverde and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown and a 24-3 lead. Drew Henson replaced Testaverde and was stripped of the ball by Marques Douglas on his first NFL snap, leading to another Ravens score.

KEY STATS: : Boller completed 23 of 34 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. ... Ravens linebacker Ed Hartwell had a team-high 13 tackles. ... Reed's interception was his sixth of the season, and it was the third straight game in which he intercepted a pass. ... The Cowboys had a season-low 222 yards of offense and were held without a first down on eight of 14 drives.

QUOTABLE: : "It's going to be tough [to beat us]. With the way Kyle [Boller] is playing and the way our defense is playing, it's a scary sight to see." - Terrell Suggs, Ravens linebacker

"Our intensity is so high right now, especially in the second half. I don't see a lot of teams that can match it." - Hartwell

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