Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden (96), defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) and defensive end Edgar Jones (55) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
UP NEXT: Week 5
The Denver Broncos next play Sunday at Dallas (2:25 p.m. kickoff). A look at how the Cowboys are faring this season:
Last game: 30-21 loss at San Diego. The Cowboys led 21-10 when San Diego kicker Nick Novak hit a 42-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired. The Chargers took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 80 yards, capped by a 13-yard pass to Danny Woodhead to pull within 21-20. The way Philip Rivers ran the offense (401 yards passing), the Cowboys didn't have a chance to come back. Dallas ran only seven offensive plays in the third quarter.
Postgame chatter: "To go up by eight on the road (at halftime), I thought that was a good situation to be in. The challenge was to come out and get a stop, and then keep going, and we didn't do that. They drove down the field and scored and controlled the ball. ... They consistently drove the ball well in the second half."- Jason Garrett, Dallas head coach
Big star: The Cowboys only ran the ball 16 times against the Chargers, but DeMarco Murray averaged 5 yards per carry (70 yards, 14 carries). For the season he is averaging 4.9 yards per run and also is tied for second on the team with 21 catches for 136 yards. But he's only been in the end zone once in four games.
Big letdown: The Cowboys' defense ranks 27th against the pass (304.5 yards). Besides Rivers and the Chargers' 506 total yards, Eli Manning threw for 450 yards and four TDs in New York's 36-31 loss at Dallas in the season opener.
Last time vs. Denver: The Broncos won 17-10 on Oct. 4 2009, to move to 4-0. It was Tony Romo against Champ Bailey, and the Broncos' cornerback got the best of the Cowboys' QB. Bailey had an interception and broke up four passes, including two at the Broncos' 2-yard line as the Cowboys tried to tie it on the game's last two plays. Kyle Orton's 51-yard TD pass to Brandon Marshall gave Denver the seven-point lead with 1:46 left in the game.
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