Cowboys Win, But Owens Hurt

Down Panthers 20-13, as T.O. leaves with an ankle injury
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2007 5:40 AM CST
Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony Romo was able to play through a banged up thumb and throw one touchdown pass to Terrell Owens, Marion Barber ran for another, and that plus two Nick Folk FGs was more than enough for the Cowboys to grab a road win over the Panthers in their next-to-last game of the season. But the injury bug continued to bite the 'Boys, as Owens left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury, AP reports.

Undrafted rookie Matt Moore started at QB for Carolina and managed to throw for 182 yards, including a 57-yard TD hookup with star receiver Steve Smith, who caught 9 passes for 137 yards. But the Moore-to-Smith connection wouldbe the only TD of the game for the home squad, as their disastrous '07 season nears a close. Dallas, meanwhile, may rest Owens next week in hopes of having him fully healthy for their playoff run.