FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We have a tie game at Gillette Stadium.
Highlights of the third quarter:
James bails out Spencer: The Patriots had a drive extended when Anthony Spencer was penalized for running into the punter. But Bradie James took care of Spencer when he forced a fumble, resulting in a turnover. Tom Brady completed a pass to Aaron Hernandez, but James stripped the ball. When Terence Newman recovered the fumble at the Cowboys' 23, it ended a Patriots drive and kept the score tied at 13-13 with 30 seconds to play. It was the first fumble in 389 offensive plays for the Patriots this season.
Sack causes field goal: The Cowboys were faced with a second-and-goal from the 7 but defensive end Andre Carter beat Tyron Smith and forced a sack, causing an 11 yard loss. The Cowboys ran a give-up -- a screen to Tashard Choice -- and settled for 22-yard field goal to tie the score at 13-13. The drive was impressive by the Cowboys: 12 plays and 77 yards that lasted nearly six minutes. The Cowboys used a little hurry-up during the drive, much like what the Patriots did against the Cowboys for most of the game.
Nagy stops a pick: A Tony Romo pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and almost picked off by defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, but guard Bill Nagy knocked the ball away forcing an incompletion. It's those types of football IQ plays that were lacking with the Cowboys this season. Nagy made a smart play deep in Cowboys territory.
No Felix Jones at the start: A left ankle injury prevented Felix Jones from starting the second half. In fact, the Cowboys didn't even have Demarco Murray on the field for the first offensive play of the half. They used a specific package with Tashard Choice to start the second half. Murray did eventually come in the game.