Cowboys win but lose Owens

Dallas look good for home advantage but could be without a key man.

    Crunch time: Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys is injured [GALLO/GETTY]

    The Dallas Cowboys moved closer to ensuring home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a 20-13 road victory over the Carolina Panthers but lost wide receiver Terrell Owens with an ankle sprain.

    Owens caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo in the first quarter but was injured in the second and did not return.

    The Cowboys took a 14-0 lead the play after Owens left the game but were held without another touchdown the rest of the way.

    X-rays on Owens were negative but he was scheduled for an MRI on Sunday.

    He was reported to have sustained a high ankle sprain.

    Owens, who left the stadium on crutches and wearing a walking boot, is expected to miss at least next week's regular season finale.

    The Cowboys have a first-round bye in the playoffs.

    "The X-rays don't look bad," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters.

    "We know he's a quick healer and he's in great spirits."

    With Owens out, Dallas relied more on the running game.

    Marion Barber ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

    Romo showed no effects of the sprained right thumb that hampered him in a loss to Philadelphia last week and threw for 257 yards in the victory.

    The Panthers (6-9) closed to within a touchdown through John Kasey's field goal with just over three minutes remaining but the Cowboys were able to run down the clock.

    Dallas improved record to 13-2 and will clinch home field advantage if Green Bay loses to Chicago on Sunday.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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