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Cowboys 34, Jets 3

Cowboys make mark with rout

Jets running back Thomas Jones (left) congratulates his brother, Julius, after the Cowboys rolled past New York. Jets running back Thomas Jones (left) congratulates his brother, Julius, after the Cowboys rolled past New York. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)
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Associated Press / November 23, 2007

IRVING, Texas - Of all the great players and great teams the Dallas Cowboys have had, Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, and the 2007 club are the first to start 10-1.

And if 10-1 Green Bay wasn't up next, the Cowboys might be able to savor such an accomplishment.

"We're grateful for it and we made history, but it doesn't end there," Owens said. "We know there's more football left this season."

Dallas kept the stakes up for the next big matchup Thursday night with a 34-3 victory over the New York Jets yesterday that was as lopsided as the score indicated.

Romo led the Cowboys to a touchdown on the game-opening drive, then threw for another touchdown soon after. Once Terence Newman returned an interception 50 yards for another score midway through the second quarter, the only question left was whether Romo would throw another TD to tie the club record of 29 for a season.

With 6:12 left in the game, Romo did, hitting T.O. on a 22-yarder, adding another milestone to the Thanksgiving Day victory in which Dallas locked up its best record through 11 games in its 48-year, five-championship history.

"It's hard to believe that we've never done this before," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "It just feels great, feels good to be a part of."

Anyone watching this game probably spent much of the second half chatting about the upcoming battle for NFC supremacy.

If the Indianapolis-New England game earlier this month was hyped as Super Bowl 41 1/2, the Cowboys-Packers clash might as well get billed as Super Bowl 41 3/4. It has all the elements: famous franchises and marquee quarterbacks, with the chance to force or avoid a late-January trip to Lambeau Field possibly on the line.

This game certainly lacked the drama next week's game holds.

New York (2-9) was coming off a victory over AFC power Pittsburgh, but quickly reverted to the form of a team that had lost its previous six games.

Kellen Clemens was sacked on each of his first two series and the Jets didn't cross midfield until their final drive of the first half.

After intermission, the Jets didn't get a first down until there was 5:19 left in the game, part of a drive that ended at the 1-yard line.

"There were things that we had to do in all three phases to have a chance, and we didn't even come close to doing those," Mangini said.

Romo was nowhere near as crisp as last Thanksgiving, when he threw for five touchdowns. But he was good enough. A secondary determined not to get beaten deep left Romo throwing many of his passes underneath. He also underthrew potential touchdowns to Owens and Jason Witten, but made up for it.

Witten had an early 25-yarder and finished with four catches for 54 yards. Owens had six catches for 65 yards, the last being his 22-yard TD.

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