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Irving, TX - Tom Brady threw for a career-high five touchdowns to keep New England undefeated with a 48-27 victory over Dallas in a highly-anticipated matchup at Texas Stadium.
Brady, who completed 31-of-46 passes for 388 yards, became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdowns in each of the first six games of a season.
"I think we really just made the plays when we needed to," Brady said. "The reality is this was a win on the road and we are 6-0. Any time we are winning I feel just fine. The real season doesn't start until after Thanksgiving any way."
Wes Welker hauled in 11 passes for a career-high 124 yards with a pair of touchdowns for the Patriots (6-0), who are unbeaten after six games for the first time since 2004.
Donte' Stallworth grabbed seven passes for 136 yards and a score while Randy Moss had six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the aerial attack for New England, which racked up 448 yards of total offense.
"We had a real good team win. We got a lot of contributions from everyone out there," New England head coach Bill Belichick said. "You need everyone to contribute against a good team like Dallas and that is what happened for us."
The victory also marked the first for the Patriots in team history against the Cowboys in Dallas.
Tony Romo threw for 199 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on 18- of-29 passing for the Cowboys (5-1), who were handed their first loss of the season and were looking to start the campaign 6-0 for the first time since 1983.
"They are an outstanding football team and this game showed we have a long way to go," said Dallas head coach Wade Phillips. "We started out poorly and then came back there in the second half but they have an outstanding defense."
Terrell Owens finished with 66 yards and a touchdown on six catches in the loss.
"This game could have went either way," Owens said. "There were some questionable calls that could have went either way. They won the game, this is not the end of our season."
With Dallas leading by three points in the third quarter, Brady found blocking tight end Kyle Brady open in the back of the end zone for a one-yard score to give the Pats a 28-24 lead with just under five minutes left in the frame.
New England continued to carry the play and after a roughing the passer call on a touchdown pass to Moss that was waived off because he didn't have possession, the Pats settled for a 45-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to make it 31-24 with 2:14 to play in the third.
The Patriots continued to dominate through the air and extended their lead to 38-24 with 12:21 to play in the fourth after Stallworth hauled in a pass over the middle, out-ran the secondary and broke a tackle for a 69-yard catch- and-run score.
A 72-yard kickoff return by Tyson Thompson on the ensuing kickoff set up a 23-yard field goal by Nick Folk to pull Dallas within 11 points with 10:03 to play.
With just under four minutes remaining, Gostkowski's 22-yarder tacked on three more points to the Patriots' lead. An interception by Junior Seau on Dallas' next possession led to Kyle Eckel's first-career TD that wrapped up the win.
A pair of touchdown passes by Brady in the first quarter staked New England to a 14-0 lead.
After the Patriots defense stopped Dallas on its opening possession, Brady orchestrated a 14-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a wide open Moss catching a six-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone.
Then, with 2:14 remaining in the first, Brady connected with Welker on a 35- yard catch-and-run touchdown play to give New England a two touchdown advantage. The score was set up by a 28-yard completion to Ben Watson that put the Pats inside Dallas territory.
Early in the second stanza, the Cowboys got on the board as Folk split the uprights with a 38-yard field goal to end a 10-play, 64-yard drive.
Dallas' defense came up with a huge play to make it 14-10 after Greg Ellis hit Brady, knocked the ball loose and Jason Hatcher recovered it, rumbling 29 yards into the end zone with 10:25 left in the second.
With 3:34 left in the second quarter, New England went up 21-10 on Welker's second touchdown of the game. After Brady converted a 4th-and-1 with a three- yard sneak up the middle, he found Welker open near the left end zone for a 12-yard TD.
With 46 seconds left in the first half, Owens ended an eight-play, 84-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown catch to make it 21-17 heading into halftime.
The Cowboys took their first lead of the game 4:40 into the third quarter after Romo fired an eight-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton.
This marked just the fifth time in NFL history that two teams with records of
5-0 or better played each other...The Patriots have won three straight against
the Cowboys...Brady has 21 touchdown passes this season...Watson left the game
in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return...New England
running back Laurence Maroney missed his third straight game due to a nagging
groin injury. His replacement, Sammy Morris rushed for 14 yards and injured his
chest in the third quarter and did not return...The Cowboys still hold a 7-3
edge in the all-time series against New England...Owens has caught 16 TDs in his
last 18 games...The Indianapolis Colts (5-0) were on a bye and remain the only
other undefeated team in the league.
(Courtesy: Sports Network)