Folk's field-goal streak sails wide right
By Carlos Mendez
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kicker Nick Folk's streak of 16 consecutive field goals ended on the Dallas Cowboys' opening series Monday night when he pushed a 40-yard attempt wide right to spoil an 11-play drive.
Folk was two field goals from tying Richie Cunningham (18 in 1997) for the third-longest streak in team history. Chris Boniol holds the team records for the longest field-goal streaks at 27 (1996) and 26 (1995-96).
Entering this game, Folk had made 17 of 18 field goals in his career from between 40 and 49 yards, with his lone miss Oct. 19 a year ago.
He started a new streak with a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 19-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
RAZORBACKACTION_The Cowboys showed their Razorback formation in the second quarter with Tashard Choice taking the direct snap and handing off to Felix Jones, who helped make the formation popular at Arkansas with Darren McFadden.
Jones' 3-yard gain was negated by a holding penalty on tight end Martellus Bennett.
Choice ran the wildcat again in the third quarter. This time he faked a handoff to Jones and gained a first down on a 10-yard run to Carolina's 25.
ADAMS, JONES DINGED_Dallas left tackle Flozell Adams missed one play in the third quarter after he was shaken up on Felix Jones' 40-yard run to the 10-yard line. Jones went to the sideline with a left knee sprain, then went to the locker room, returned, and wore a sleeve over the injured leg while riding a bike on the sidelines. He came back as a decoy on a wildcat play, then returned to the sideline.
CERTIFIED: A RECORD_The giant video board at Cowboys Stadium is a star of its own. Now it's got its own place in one of the world's most famous books — "The Guinness Book of World Records." Officials from the organization certified the 240x72-foot twin screens as the largest in the world, making a pregame presentation to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The record will be listed in the 2010 edition.
AD IS BACK_The Mitsubishi ad is back on the video board after missing two games. It sits at the top of each giant screen, making its return after being removed following the first preseason game to lessen the chance of a punt hitting it. The NFL last month ordered the Cowboys to move the sign, which was previously below the board. The 160-foot long HD screen, which is 90 feet above the playing field, became an issue after Tennessee Titans punter A.J. Trapasso hit it during an exhibition game Aug. 21.
THE MAD RUSH_The end-zone doors opened precisely at 5 p.m., and in what is probably going to become a tradition, the fans holding Party Passes made a run for the prime spots along the rail. The spaces filled up quickly, but there was another way to get to the rail_climbing the stairs to the second and third levels, where there was still plenty of rail space two hours before the game.
WRONG 22 — The giant video board might be one of a kind. But it makes mistakes, too. As the screen showed EmmittSmith's No. 22 on the Ring of Honor during a break in the first quarter, another square on the screen showed highlights of No. 22 in action_except it was Bob Hayes, who also wore No. 22. It clearly was not the No. 22 intended. However, the Hayes clip lasted only a few seconds; the rest of the highlights were all Smith's.
BRIEFLY_The roof was closed for Monday night's game. ... The last time the Cowboys were shut out in the first half was against Indianapolis at Texas Stadium in 2006.
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