Ankle tackle stops Terence Newman TD

IRVING, Texas -- Over the course of a game certain plays will stand out more than others and some huge plays often go unnoticed.

Here’s one that flew under the radar Sunday at Gillette Stadium: Bradie James’ forced fumble on Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and Terence Newman’s fumble recovery.

Newman picked up the loose ball at the Dallas 16 with no New England player in front of him. But running back Danny Woodhead, whom Newman was covering in the flat, was able to grab the cornerback’s ankle for the tackle.

“There was nobody who was going to catch me,” Newman said. “Just just grabbed my leg and ripped my shoe off. It was half on and half off and I couldn’t get going after that. It was a touchdown for sure.”

The Cowboys ended up punting on the ensuing drive. Of the Cowboys’ 10 takeaways this season they have answered with three touchdowns. Of their 12 giveaways on the year, the opponent has five touchdowns.