The Baltimore Ravens held off the Dallas Cowboys’ rally and defeated them 37-30 to improve their preseason record to 2-0.
The Baltimore Ravens continued to show a balanced offense as they beat the Dallas Cowboys, 37-30 while preventing a furious rally by the Cowboys.
Quarterback Joe Flacco overcame a slow start and finished with a respectable effort that included 113 yards and a touchdown on 9-for-17 passing.
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro continued to make a strong case for a roster spot by rushing for 59 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
The defense and special teams made plenty of noise in the first quarter as linebacker Courtney Upshaw returned a fumble for a touchdown. Deonte Thompson returned a kickoff for a 108-yard touchdown.
For the Cowboys, quarterback Tony Romo looked mostly solid with 80 yards and a touchdown to Dez Bryant, who finished with 59 yards on three catches. However, Romo and running back DeMarco Murray both botched a snap and fumbled the ball, which allowed Upshaw to recover and return it for a touchdown.
Backup Brandon Weeden struggled, throwing an interception and failing to lead a scoring drive as the Cowboys fell behind 34-10 in the third quarter.
Caleb Hanie stepped in and threw a touchdown pass as time in the third quarter expired, and Dustin Vaughan led two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to bring the Cowboys within four points.
However, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 49-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining to extend the lead.
Running back Joseph Randle shined again for the Cowboys as he gained 41 yards on seven carries, and Ryan Williams looked impressive as well with 36 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
The defense continued to struggle, but linebacker Zach Minter surprised with two sacks as linebacker Rolando McClain led the team with six tackles.