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9/10/06-Jacksonville, FL

Say It Ain't Bledsoe: Cowboys Drop Season Opener

For the Dallas Cowboys first regular season game of 2006, all eyes were expected to be on Terrell Owens.

But as the game clock ticked away, the focus switched from the wide receiver to the quarterback. It was not the start Cowboys fans or Drew Bledsoe had anticipated.

The Cowboys were favored to win against Jacksonville in Sunday's opener.

The first pass from Bledsoe to Owens was a 15 yard completion. Owens had four receptions for 45 yards in the first half.

The Cowboys would put some points up in the first quarter. Bledsoe hit Julius Jones, Jones taking it 23 yards for the score.

Just before the half, we had a different ballgame.

With the Cowboys up 10-3, Drew Bledsoe's pass was intercepted by Rashean Willis. The Jaguars would capitalize on the play as Leftwich found Reggie Williams for the score.

The game was tied 10-10 at the half.

In the fourth quarter, the Jaguars would take the lead. Leftwich would take it into the endzone from three yards out, and the Cowboys were down by seven.

Jaguars would later go up by 14, but with two minutes left in the game came the first touchdown by Terrell Owens as a Cowboy. It was a 21 yard pass from Bledsoe to make it a 24-17 game.

It would prove to be too little too late. Cowboys tried to make more magic with 20 seconds left but Bledsoe was picked off, again.

The Cowboys dropped the opener, 24-17.

"Defensively, we played sound," Terrell Owens said after the game. "Offensively, I feel like as a whole, we kind of stunk it up. We are going to take pride in that. We are going to go back and get to the drawing board on Monday and get ready for Washington on Sunday."

"We just couldn't get it all together here," Head Coach Bill Parcells said.  "Hopefully we can improve as we go from here. As I told the players, it's a long season."

Terrell Owens finished the day with six receptions for 80 yards including one touchdown.

Drew Bledsoe was 16 of 33. He had three interceptions and was sacked twice.

Kicker Mike Vanderjagt out with a sore groin, the sophomore Shaun Suisham doing all the kicking Sunday. Suisham missed a field goal in the third that would have given Dallas the lead.
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