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Romo guides Cowboys to home victory

THE Dallas Cowboys, led by an improved Tony Romo, produced a strong second half effort to claim a 21-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

After conceding a 0-7 halftime deficit, Dallas quarterback Romo engineered three successive scores after the break while cornerback Terence Newman returned an interception 27 yards to seal the home team's first win at the new Cowboys' Stadium.

"We made some adjustments (in the second half) and didn't make many mistakes. We had to stop beating ourselves," Romo told reporters.

Romo, who had a poor game in last week's 31-33 loss to the New York Giants, gradually worked into the game on Monday to find a rhythm and finished with 255 passing yards.

Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme continued his early-season struggles and threw his second interception of the game, and seventh of the season, as the Panthers were trying to mount a comeback with less than six minutes to play.

Delhomme had connected with Dante Rosario on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 remaining in the second quarter to give the Panthers their lead.

Carolina, however, then failed to convert a first down on its first four possessions in the second half and was forced to punt.

Newman then intercepted on Carolina's next possession to run the ball back for his touchdown to end the scoring late in the fourth quarter.

Tashard Choice completed a five-yard touchdown run to give Dallas a 10-7 lead in the third quarter, while Nick Folk slotted two short-range field goals, which the Cowboys had to take after failing to convert goal-line situations to touchdowns.

Choice and Felix Jones combined for 176 rushing yards in the absence of injured running back Marion Barber.

"You never want your teammates to go down so when the opportunity is called you have to be ready to go," Choice said.


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