Bottled up all season, and his frustration starting to show, Owens broke out with seven catches for 213 yards to help the Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers 35-22 Sunday and continue what’s looking like the start of a playoff push.
Owens’ total was the second-most of his career, behind only the 283 yards he had in the 2000 game in which he caught an NFL-record 20 passes, back when he played for the 49ers, and tied the fourth-best in Cowboys history.
It was the most in the NFL since Philadelphia’s Kevin Curtis had 221 in September 2007 and the most by a Dallas player since Tony Hill had 213 against Philadelphia in 1979.
“You can see, he’s still got it,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “He’s a fantastic player.”“The demise of Terrell Owens was greatly exaggerated,” Dallas coach Wade Phillips said.
While Owens’ big day should help cut some tension in the locker room, the better news for the Cowboys (7-4) was having consecutive victories for the first time since starting 3-0. With sputtering Seattle coming to Texas Stadium on Thanksgiving, Dallas could go steaming into December in prime position for a wild-card playoff berth.