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New England Patriots 6 at Dallas Cowboys 12

Sunday, December 15, 1996
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New England Patriots (11-5-0)60006
Dallas Cowboys (10-6-0)336012

Game Info
Stadium Texas Stadium
Start Time (ET) 1:00pm
Roof outdoors
Surface astroturf
Weather 50 degrees relative humidity 75%, wind 22 mph
Vegas Line Dallas Cowboys -5.5
Over/Under 43.5 (under)

Scoring

Team Stats

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Defense

Kick/Punt Returns

Kicking & Punting

Full Play-By-Play

Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE DAL EPB EPA Win%
1st Quarter
1 15:00 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 70 yards, returned by Kevin Williams for 17 yards 0 0 0 0 65.9
1 1 10 DAL 17 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Michael Irvin 0 0 0 0 65.9
1 2 10 DAL 17 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Michael Irvin for 11 yards (tackle by Ty Law) 0 0 0 0 65.9
1 1 10 DAL 28 Emmitt Smith right for 3 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 0 0 0 0 65.9
1 2 7 DAL 31 Emmitt Smith left for 4 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy and Ted Johnson) 0 0 0 0 65.9
1 3 3 DAL 35 Troy Aikman sacked by Dwayne Sabb and Ferric Collons for -7 yards 0 0 0 0 65.9
1 4 10 DAL 28 John Jett punts 42 yards (tackle by Jim Schwantz) 0 0 0 0 65.9
1 12:19 1 10 NWE 35 Curtis Martin right for 21 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson) 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 1 10 DAL 44 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 19 yards (tackle by George Teague) 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 1 10 DAL 25 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Terry Glenn (defended by Deion Sanders) 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 2 10 DAL 25 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Terry Glenn 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 3 10 DAL 25 -- 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 1 10 DAL 15 Curtis Martin right for 2 yards (tackle by Tony Tolbert and Chad Hennings) 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 2 8 DAL 13 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 2 3 DAL 8 Penalty on Randall Godfrey: Offside, 4 yards (no play) 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 1 4 DAL 4 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Keith Byars (defended by Tony Tolbert) 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 2 4 DAL 4 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Terry Glenn 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 3 4 DAL 4 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Ben Coates 0 0 0 0 65.5
1 4 4 DAL 4 Adam Vinatieri 21 yard field goal good 3 0 0 0 56.8
1 9:14 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 62 yards, returned by Herschel Walker for 19 yards 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 1 10 DAL 27 Troy Aikman pass incomplete intended for Michael Irvin is intercepted by Ty Law and returned for 7 yards 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 8:56 1 10 DAL 30 Curtis Martin right for 3 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson) 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 2 7 DAL 27 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Curtis Martin for 3 yards 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 3 4 DAL 24 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Keith Byars for 6 yards (tackle by Randall Godfrey) 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 1 10 DAL 18 Curtis Martin middle for 1 yard (tackle by Tony Tolbert) 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 2 9 DAL 17 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Ben Coates 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 3 9 DAL 17 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Keith Byars for 4 yards (tackle by Randall Godfrey) 3 0 0 0 56.1
1 4 5 DAL 13 Adam Vinatieri 30 yard field goal good 6 0 0 0 46.7
1 5:56 NWE 30 Adam Vinatieri kicks off 59 yards, returned by Herschel Walker for 70 yards 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 1 10 NWE 19 Emmitt Smith right for 2 yards (tackle by Willie Clay) 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 2 8 NWE 17 Penalty on Willie McGinest: Offside, 5 yards (no play) 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 2 3 NWE 12 Emmitt Smith middle for -2 yards (tackle by Mark Wheeler) 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 3 5 NWE 14 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Eric Bjornson for 4 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 4 1 NWE 10 Troy Aikman middle for 1 yard (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 1 9 NWE 9 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Daryl Johnston 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 2 9 NWE 9 Emmitt Smith left for -2 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 3 11 NWE 11 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Daryl Johnston for 6 yards (tackle by Jerome Henderson) 6 0 0 0 45.7
1 4 5 NWE 5 Chris Boniol 23 yard field goal good 6 3 0 0 55.4
1 1:20 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 61 yards 6 3 0 0 54.2
1 1 10 NWE 23 Curtis Martin right for 3 yards (tackle by Tony Tolbert) 6 3 0 0 54.2
1 2 7 NWE 26 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 9 yards 6 3 0 0 54.2
1 1 10 NWE 35 Curtis Martin left for no gain (tackle by George Teague) 6 3 0 0 54.2
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE DAL EPB EPA Win%
2nd Quarter
2 1:20 2 10 NWE 35 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Keith Byars for 19 yards (tackle by Broderick Thomas and Darren Woodson) 6 3 0 0 49.5
2 1 10 DAL 46 Curtis Martin middle for 5 yards (tackle by Tony Tolbert) 6 3 0 0 49.5
2 2 5 DAL 41 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Keith Byars for 16 yards (tackle by Deion Sanders) 6 3 0 0 49.5
2 1 10 DAL 25 Curtis Martin right for 1 yard (tackle by George Teague) 6 3 0 0 49.5
2 2 9 DAL 24 Curtis Martin right for 8 yards (tackle by Fred Strickland) 6 3 0 0 49.5
2 3 1 DAL 16 Curtis Martin right for -1 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson). Curtis Martin fumbles, recovered by Chad Hennings 6 3 0 0 49.5
2 11:44 1 10 DAL 17 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Michael Irvin for 13 yards 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 1 10 DAL 30 Emmitt Smith left for 8 yards (tackle by Ferric Collons) 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 2 2 DAL 38 Emmitt Smith left for 3 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 1 10 DAL 41 Penalty on Erik Williams: Illegal Use of Hands, 10 yards (no play) 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 1 20 DAL 31 Emmitt Smith middle for -1 yards (tackle by Chad Eaton) 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 2 21 DAL 30 Troy Aikman sacked by Willie McGinest for -7 yards 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 3 28 DAL 23 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Emmitt Smith for 14 yards 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 4 14 DAL 37 John Jett punts 49 yards (tackle by Randall Godfrey) 6 3 0 0 52.9
2 8:00 1 10 NWE 27 Curtis Martin left for 4 yards (tackle by Deion Sanders) 6 3 0 0 51.8
2 2 6 NWE 31 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Keith Byars 6 3 0 0 51.8
2 3 6 NWE 31 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left for no gain (tackle by Jim Schwantz) 6 3 0 0 51.8
2 4 6 NWE 31 Tom Tupa punts 48 yards, returned by Kelvin Martin for 10 yards (tackle by Marty Moore) 6 3 0 0 51.8
2 6:42 1 10 DAL 31 Penalty on Tyji Armstrong: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 1 15 DAL 26 Emmitt Smith left for 4 yards (tackle by Willie McGinest and Ted Johnson) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 2 11 DAL 30 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Michael Irvin for 9 yards (tackle by Ty Law) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 3 2 DAL 39 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Emmitt Smith for 21 yards (tackle by Ty Law) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 1 10 NWE 40 Emmitt Smith left for 8 yards (tackle by Willie Clay) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 2 2 NWE 32 Emmitt Smith left for 8 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 1 10 NWE 24 Emmitt Smith left for 8 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 2 2 NWE 16 Sherman Williams left for -2 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 3 4 NWE 18 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Billy Davis 6 3 0 0 51.4
2 4 4 NWE 18 Chris Boniol 36 yard field goal good 6 6 0 0 62.5
2 2:06 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 62 yards 6 6 0 0 61.7
2 1 10 NWE 24 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Curtis Martin for 7 yards (tackle by Tony Casillas) 6 6 0 0 61.7
2 2 3 NWE 31 Curtis Martin left for 4 yards (tackle by Tony Casillas) 6 6 0 0 61.7
2 1 10 NWE 35 Timeout #1 by New England Patriots 6 6 0 0
2 1 10 NWE 35 Penalty on Darrin Smith: Illegal Procedure, 18 yards (no play) 6 6 0 0 61.7
2 1 10 DAL 47 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete 6 6 0 0 61.7
2 2 10 DAL 47 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Terry Glenn 6 6 0 0 61.7
2 3 10 DAL 47 Timeout #2 by New England Patriots 6 6 0 0
2 3 10 DAL 47 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete intended for Shawn Jefferson is intercepted by Roger Harper and returned for 15 yards 6 6 0 0 61.7
2 0:48 1 10 DAL 31 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Daryl Johnston for 5 yards (tackle by Ty Law and Corwin Brown) 6 6 0 0 61.5
2 2 5 DAL 36 Troy Aikman sacked by Chris Slade for -11 yards 6 6 0 0 61.5
End of Half6600
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE DAL EPB EPA Win%
3rd Quarter
3 15:00 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 57 yards 6 6 0 0 61.4
3 1 10 NWE 31 Curtis Martin left for 17 yards (tackle by George Teague) 6 6 0 0 61.4
3 1 10 NWE 48 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Shawn Jefferson for 6 yards (tackle by Deion Sanders) 6 6 0 0 61.4
3 2 4 DAL 46 Curtis Martin right for 1 yard (tackle by Tony Tolbert) 6 6 0 0 61.4
3 3 3 DAL 45 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete left intended for Terry Glenn (defended by Darren Woodson) 6 6 0 0 61.4
3 4 3 DAL 45 Tom Tupa punts 31 yards 6 6 0 0 61.4
3 13:08 1 10 DAL 14 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Michael Irvin for 15 yards (tackle by Ty Law) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 1 10 DAL 29 Emmitt Smith right for no gain (tackle by Mark Wheeler) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 2 10 DAL 29 Penalty on Dwayne Sabb: Holding, 5 yards (no play) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 1 10 DAL 34 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Daryl Johnston for 4 yards (tackle by Otis Smith) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 2 6 DAL 38 Emmitt Smith middle for 5 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 3 1 DAL 43 Emmitt Smith left for 2 yards (tackle by Willie McGinest) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 1 10 DAL 45 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Deion Sanders 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 2 10 DAL 45 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Eric Bjornson 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 3 10 DAL 45 Troy Aikman pass complete left to Kevin Williams for 19 yards 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 1 10 NWE 36 Emmitt Smith for 10 yards (tackle by Willie Clay) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 1 10 NWE 26 Emmitt Smith left for no gain (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 2 10 NWE 26 Troy Aikman pass incomplete middle intended for Emmitt Smith 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 3 10 NWE 26 Timeout #1 by Dallas Cowboys 6 6 0 0
3 3 10 NWE 26 Emmitt Smith right for 9 yards (tackle by Jerome Henderson) 6 6 0 0 61.0
3 4 1 NWE 17 Chris Boniol 35 yard field goal good 6 9 0 0 72.7
3 7:26 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 63 yards. Penalty on Ray Lucas: Holding, 9 yards 6 9 0 0 73.0
3 1 10 NWE 10 Curtis Martin left for 2 yards (tackle by Broderick Thomas and Tony Tolbert) 6 9 0 0 73.0
3 2 8 NWE 12 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete intended for Ben Coates is intercepted by Darren Woodson and returned for 21 yards 6 9 0 0 73.0
3 6:28 1 4 NWE 4 Emmitt Smith middle for 1 yard (tackle by Willie McGinest) 6 9 0 0 73.1
3 2 3 NWE 3 Emmitt Smith right for -3 yards (tackle by Ferric Collons) 6 9 0 0 73.1
3 3 6 NWE 6 Troy Aikman pass incomplete right intended for Eric Bjornson 6 9 0 0 73.1
3 4 6 NWE 6 Penalty on Chad Hennings: False Start, 5 yards (no play) 6 9 0 0 73.1
3 4 11 NWE 11 Chris Boniol 29 yard field goal good 6 12 0 0 83.9
3 4:58 DAL 30 Chris Boniol kicks off 59 yards 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 1 10 NWE 29 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Shawn Jefferson 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 2 10 NWE 29 Curtis Martin middle for 6 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson) 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 3 4 NWE 35 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 8 yards (tackle by Roger Harper) 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 1 10 NWE 43 Curtis Martin right for 6 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson) 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 2 4 NWE 49 Curtis Martin right for 3 yards (tackle by Broderick Thomas) 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 3 1 DAL 48 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Ben Coates 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 4 1 DAL 48 Timeout #1 by New England Patriots 6 12 0 0
3 4 1 DAL 48 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete left intended for Ben Coates (defended by George Teague) 6 12 0 0 84.3
3 2:25 1 10 DAL 48 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Michael Irvin for 20 yards (tackle by Ty Law) 6 12 0 0 85.2
3 1 10 NWE 32 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Michael Irvin (defended by Ty Law) 6 12 0 0 85.2
3 2 10 NWE 32 Sherman Williams left for 8 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 12 0 0 85.2
3 3 2 NWE 24 Troy Aikman pass complete right to Michael Irvin for 8 yards (tackle by Ty Law) 6 12 0 0 85.2
3 1 10 NWE 16 Sherman Williams right for 8 yards (tackle by Lawyer Milloy) 6 12 0 0 85.2
Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Detail NWE DAL EPB EPA Win%
4th Quarter
4 2:25 2 2 NWE 8 Sherman Williams left for 1 yard (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 12 0 0 98.8
4 3 1 NWE 7 Troy Aikman pass incomplete intended for Johnny Mitchell is intercepted by Ty Law 6 12 0 0 98.8
4 14:16 1 10 NWE 20 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 4 yards (tackle by Darren Woodson) 6 12 0 0 86.7
4 2 6 NWE 24 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 7 yards 6 12 0 0 86.7
4 1 10 NWE 31 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Curtis Martin 6 12 0 0 86.7
4 2 10 NWE 31 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete left intended for Keith Byars 6 12 0 0 86.7
4 3 10 NWE 31 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Terry Glenn 6 12 0 0 86.7
4 4 10 NWE 31 Tom Tupa punts 34 yards, returned by Kelvin Martin for 5 yards. Penalty on Wendell Davis: Illegal Block, 10 yards 6 12 0 0 86.7
4 13:11 1 10 DAL 30 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Emmitt Smith for 4 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 6 12 0 0 87.3
4 2 6 DAL 34 Penalty on Ty Law: Pass Interference, 10 yards (no play) 6 12 0 0 87.3
4 1 10 DAL 44 Emmitt Smith right for 1 yard (tackle by Willie McGinest) 6 12 0 0 87.3
4 2 9 DAL 45 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Kevin Williams (defended by Otis Smith) 6 12 0 0 87.3
4 3 9 DAL 45 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Emmitt Smith for 5 yards (tackle by Willie McGinest) 6 12 0 0 87.3
4 4 4 DAL 50 John Jett punts 39 yards 6 12 0 0 87.3
4 11:00 1 10 NWE 11 Curtis Martin middle for 3 yards (tackle by Chad Hennings) 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 2 7 NWE 14 Drew Bledsoe pass complete middle to Shawn Jefferson for 15 yards (tackle by Fred Strickland) 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 1 10 NWE 29 Drew Bledsoe pass complete left to Curtis Martin for 9 yards (tackle by Broderick Thomas) 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 2 1 NWE 38 Curtis Martin left for 2 yards (tackle by Deion Sanders) 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 1 10 NWE 40 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 29 yards 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 1 10 DAL 31 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 4 yards 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 2 6 DAL 27 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Terry Glenn for 3 yards 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 3 3 DAL 24 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Keith Byars for 1 yard (tackle by Broderick Thomas) 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 4 2 DAL 23 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete right intended for Ben Coates (defended by Roger Harper) 6 12 0 0 88.7
4 5:59 1 10 DAL 23 Emmitt Smith middle for 7 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 2 3 DAL 30 Emmitt Smith middle for 2 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 3 1 DAL 32 Emmitt Smith left for 2 yards (tackle by Mike Jones) 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 1 10 DAL 34 Penalty on Michael Irvin: Pass Interference, 10 yards (no play) 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 1 20 DAL 24 Emmitt Smith middle for 3 yards (tackle by Ted Johnson) 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 2 17 DAL 27 Troy Aikman pass incomplete left intended for Michael Irvin 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 3 17 DAL 27 Troy Aikman pass complete middle to Emmitt Smith for 11 yards (tackle by Jerome Henderson) 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 4 6 DAL 38 Timeout #2 by New England Patriots 6 12 0 0
4 4 6 DAL 38 John Jett punts 53 yards (tackle by Jim Schwantz) 6 12 0 0 93.7
4 2:33 1 10 NWE 18 Drew Bledsoe pass complete right to Troy Brown for 9 yards (tackle by Darrin Smith) 6 12 0 0 98.7
4 2 1 NWE 27 Drew Bledsoe pass incomplete intended for Terry Glenn is intercepted by Darren Woodson and returned for 1 yard 6 12 0 0 98.7
4 2:22 1 10 NWE 34 Emmitt Smith middle for 1 yard (tackle by Willie McGinest) 6 12 0 0 98.9
4 2 9 NWE 33 Timeout #3 by New England Patriots 6 12 0 0
4 2 9 NWE 33 Emmitt Smith right for 2 yards (tackle by Todd Collins) 6 12 0 0 98.9
4 3 7 NWE 31 Kevin Williams right for 9 yards (tackle by Corwin Brown) 6 12 0 0 98.9
4 1 10 NWE 22 Troy Aikman middle for -1 yards 6 12 0 0 98.9
4 2 11 NWE 23 Troy Aikman middle for -2 yards 6 12 0 0 98.9
End of Regulation61200
Scoring plays are highlighted in green and accepted penalties are highlighted in gray, while changes of possession are denoted by a bold line. Expected points before and after are relative to the team possessing the ball at the start of the play (though kickoffs are assumed to be in possession of the receiving team).