Sunday, February 18, 2018
Sports

Ravens 31, Cowboys 29

BALTIMORE — Jacoby Jones, 8 yards deep in the end zone when he caught the kickoff, had an instant to decide: take a knee or run. He ran — all the way into the record book.

"You know when you get that itch? I wanted to scratch it," Jones said. "So I took it."

Jones tied a league record with a 108-yard kickoff return, and the Ravens held off the Cowboys 31-29 Sunday for their 14th straight regular-season home win.

The Cowboys amassed 481 yards against a crippled Baltimore defense and held the ball for more than 40 minutes. Dallas had 227 yards rushing, the most against the Ravens since the franchise arrived in Baltimore in 1996.

It wasn't enough. Jones' return put the Ravens ahead 24-13 in the third quarter, and Dallas never got even against a defense that lost cornerbacks Lardarius Webb (right knee) and Jimmy Smith (lower leg strain), and middle linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps; see notebook, 4C, for details).

Webb could have an ACL tear, coach John Harbaugh said.

"They threw a lot of hay­makers at us," Harbaugh said. "Our guys stepped up at the end and found a way to win the game."

Dez Bryant scored on a 4-yard pass from Tony Romo with 32 seconds left to make it 31-29, but the 2-point conversion pass zipped through Bryant's arms in the end zone. Dallas recovered the onside kick, but Dan Bailey missed a 51-yard field goal.

Ray Rice had two touchdowns and Joe Flacco threw for a score to help the Ravens secure their fourth consecutive victory. Baltimore's home winning streak is the longest currently in the NFL.

Jones' return tied the mark set by Ellis Hobbs of New England in 2007 and tied in 2011 by Randall Cobb of Green Bay.

DeMarco Murray ran for 93 yards before leaving in the second half with a foot injury; Felix Jones added 92 yards on the ground for the Cowboys.

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