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Rookie Marion Barber rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, and Dallas played one of its better all-around games. The Cowboys scored in a variety of ways and didn't have any penalties as they beat visiting Arizona.
Coach Bill Parcells "challenged us a little bit, that this week was a little bit different than the others," QB Drew Bledsoe said. "The fact that our team answered that challenge, I think, says something about us."
For a change, the Cowboys didn't have anything to worry about in the final few minutes. Except for a 33-10 victory over Philadelphia, the team they play next on Nov. 14, every other Dallas game had been determined in the closing minutes.
Anthony Henry's 58-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter, the first defensive score for Dallas since Oct. 19, 2003, eliminated any late drama.
The Cardinals lost their 14th straight regular season game at Texas Stadium since 1989.
Barber took over for Julius Jones, who was out for the third straight week with a sprained left ankle and has missed 11 of his 24 career games because of injuries. "That kid will run, he will block and he will catch," Parcells said. "I don't know if he's going to be Gale Sayers, I kind of doubt that. But he is a complete back."
Arizona: FG Rackers 52, 9:43.
Dallas: Barber 28 run (Suisham kick), 8:36.
Dallas: FG Suisham 21, 2:57.
Arizona: Boldin 44 pass from McCown (Rackers kick), 12:53.
Dallas: K.Johnson 5 pass from Bledsow (Suisham kick), 3:11.
Dallas: Barber 10 run (Suisham kick), 1:00.
Arizona: FG Rackers 47, 11:13.
Dallas: FG Suisham 21, 3:03.
Dallas: Henry 58 interception return (Suisham kick), 11:54.
CardinalsCowboysFirst Downs 1221Total Net Yards 213348Rushes-Yards 24-7132-146Passing 142202Punt Returns 3-593-25Kickoff Returns 7-1273-83Interceptions Ret. 0-02-58Comp-Att-Int 16-34-219-24-0Sacked-Yards Lost 3-193-18Punts 5-42.83-53.3Fumbles-Lost 1-02-1Penalties-Yards 8-560-0Time Of Possession 27:1132:49RUSHING
Arizona: Shipp 12-44, McCown 4-16, Arrington 4-5, Fitzgerald 1-5, Ayanbadejo 2-1, Boldin 1-0.
Dallas: Barber 27-127, Thompson 4-19, Bledsoe 1-0.
Arizona: McCown 16-33-2-161, Boldin 0-1-0-0.
Dallas: Bledsoe 19-24-0-220.
Arizona: Fitzgerald 4-36, Shipp 4-25, Boldin 3-69, B.Johnson 2-14, Arrington 1-8, Bergen 1-7, Ayanbadejo 1-2.
Dallas: K.Johnson 6-54, Witten 5-71, T.Glenn 3-65, Barber 2-15, Pierce 1-5, Polite 1-5, Price 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS