Defense lifts Cowboys over Panthers

BY foxsports • September 29, 2009

Leading, but not by much, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys were desperately in need of a big play.

Jake Delhomme helped them make several.

Terence Newman returned an interception 27 yards for a lead-stretching touchdown with 5:07 left, then rookie linebacker Victor Butler got two sacks and forced a fumble on the next series, sending Dallas to a 21-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday night.

Considering the Cowboys were coming off a last-second loss in the opener of their $1.15 billion stadium, a crowd of 90,588 was especially tense until the defense put the game away. The biggest sigh of relief likely came from team owner Jerry Jones.