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Dallas Cowboys top the San Francisco 49ers 35-22

IRVING -- If it's San Francisco vs. Dallas at Texas Stadium, expect a ''look at me" performance from receiver Terrell Owens.

It wasn't close to the ego centric/taunting show he put on in 2000 when he ran to the Cowboys midfield star after a pair touchdowns when he was a member of the 49ers.

But considering Owens criticisms/complaints of the Cowboys offense this week during an interview with Deion Sanders on the NFL Network, his seven catches for 213 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, in the Cowboys' 35-22 victory had "I told you so" written all over it.

Owens was on pace for his worst season since 1999 and hadn't had had 100-yard game since last season when he vented to Sanders, saying offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's system was at fault, not him.

They two were in perfect harmony Sunday. His 213 yards were his most since joining the Cowboys, the second best of his career, tying the fourth-most ever by a Cowboys receiver.

He provided a spark to an otherwise sputtering Cowboys attack. Consider that while Owens' 213 yards and the Cowboys had 408 as a team.

"He still got it. He's a fantastic player," quarterback Tony Romo said.

Owens wasn't the only story of the game nor was it key to the Cowboys victory, which was their second straight and kept them on pace for a possible run to the playoffs.

Owens' theatrics overshadowed four field goals by Nick Folk and a dominant performance by the Cowboys defense. The Cowboys stoned Frank Gore and the 49ers ground game. Gore rushed for just 26 yards on 14 carries, putting a one-dimensional offense in the hands of journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill.

Hill never had a chance. He was sacked four times, he fumbled twice and was intercepted once.

Consider that the 49ers ran 14 of 24 plays in the first quarter in Cowboys territory but came away with just six points.

And after Owens and Romo hooked up on the 75 yard score just three plays into the second quarter, the defense set the tone for the blowout.

"The demise of Terrell Owens has been overly exaggerated," coach Wade Phillips said.

Back-to-back sacks by linebackers Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware were followed by a blocked punt for a safety by linebacker Carlos Polk. The Cowboys followed with 48- and 41-yard field goals by Nick Folk.

Then linebacker Zach Thomas set the offense up again with fumble recovery of a botched snap. Romo took advantage with a 1-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Martellus Bennett.

The defense struck back again in the third quarter. One play after a Romo interception, setting the 49ers up inside the 20 and looking to make a 29-9 score interesting, cornerback Anthony Henry shut the door with a leaping interception in in the end zone.

The Cowboys led 32-9 before the 49ers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The bottom line is the Cowboys did what they were supposed to do. They notched their second consecutive victory since Romo returned from after missing three games with a broken pinkie.

Romo looked like he is back on track as well, completing 23 of 39 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cowboys face the struggling Seattle Seahawks Thursday in the annual Thanksgiving Day battle. Dallas will then get 10 days off.

"We have a big game Thursday. All of a sudden, this is the biggest game next," Romo said.

No matter what happens Thursday, the Cowboys season will be defined in December when they play at the Pittsburgh Steelers, at home against the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens before ending the season at the Philadelphia Eagles.

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