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Marion Barber III ran for two short touchdowns, and Billy Cundiff kicked a franchise-record 56-yard field goal a day after rejoining the club to lift Dallas.
Detroit was penalized 17 times for 129 yards and nine first downs. Each of the Cowboys' four scoring drives included a failed third down that became a first down thanks to a penalty against the Lions.
"Hey, we appreciate that," Cowboys S Roy Williams said.
Dallas needed the help because its offense wasn't clicking. Drew Bledsoe threw for a season-low 110 yards on 12-of-23 passing and didn't have a touchdown pass for the first time this season. Julius Jones returned to the starting lineup and ran for 92 yards, but lost a fumble and was stuffed three straight times from the 1-yard line.
Still, the Cowboys (7-3) dominated the clock, didn't have any other turnovers and allowed only one sack to win their third straight and fifth in six games. This one also gives them more wins than they had last season.
Barber's first touchdown came on the opening drive and Dallas led the rest of the way. Detroit (4-6) pulled within 10-7 in the second quarter, but Cundiff's boot stretched the lead at halftime.
Once Barber scored again in the third quarter, the Cowboys were able to enjoy a rare game that wasn't decided in the final minutes -- something they needed coming off a wild win Monday night in Philadelphia and with Denver coming to Texas Stadium on Thursday.
Dallas: Barber 6 run (Cundiff kick), 6:58.
Dallas: FG Cundiff 19, 6:39.
Detroit: K.Jones 2 run (Hanson kick), 2:49.
Dallas: FG Cundiff 56, :03.
Dallas: Barber 4 run (Cundiff kick), 2:21.
LionsCowboysFirst Downs 1125Total Net Yards 226253Rushes-Yards 19-5742-149Passing 169104Punt Returns 1-03-24Kickoff Returns 5-952-42Interceptions Ret. 0-00-0Comp-Att-Int 17-25-012-23-0Sacked-Yards Lost 1-01-6Punts 5-39.63-32.3Fumbles-Lost 1-12-1Penalties-Yards 17-1295-40Time Of Possession 23:5836:02RUSHING
Detroit: K.Jones 12-29, Bryson 4-15, Pinner 1-7, Harrington 1-5, Schlesinger 1-1.
Dallas: J.Jones 21-92, Barber 15-53, Bledsoe 4-2, Thompson 2-2.
Detroit: Harrington 17-25-0-169.
Dallas: Bledsoe 12-23-0-110.
Detroit: R.Williams 5-72, Rogers 4-41, K.Jones 3-38, Bryson 2-13, Pollard 2-5, Fitzsimmons 1-0.
Dallas: K.Johnson 5-37, Glenn 3-35, Witten 2-15, J.Jones 1-13, Polite 1-10.
MISSED FIELD GOAL
Detroit: Hanson 50 (WL).