Dallas Cowboys: Ranking the top 5 players from week 2

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Dallas Cowboys:  Ranking the top 5 players from week 2
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What a difference a week makes. After a crushing last minute defeat in week 1 the Dallas Cowboys rebounded in week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers with their own crushing comeback.

After falling behind 14-0 in the second quarter, things looked bleak not only for the game but for the season. The Cowboys were staring down an 0-2 record with a team that appeared to be falling apart. However, in the blink of an eye the offense struck on a great throw and catch from Tony Romo to Miles Austin which sparked life back into the Cowboys season.

With Romo hurt late in the 2nd quarter and Jon Kitna struggling through the 3rd quarter, the Cowboys looked to be on the verge of another loss. When Romo came back in late in the 3rd quarter, he looked like a different player than the one fans saw last week late in the game. This week Romo was clutch, throwing for nearly 200 yards and leading the Cowboys on three scoring drives during the 4th quarter and overtime.

The Cowboys' Rob Ryan led defense gave up some yards through the air but again were able to shut down the opponent's run game.  The 49er running backs rushed for 53 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown. While the defense did give up more in the passing game, they were also incredibly disruptive with their blitzing packages, sacking Alex Smith six times and hitting him nine times. When the secondary gets healthy this is going to be a much improved defense.    

The Cowboys showed heart, determination and fight in their week 2 win and gave fans hope for the season. Here are the players who shined brightest in the game.

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