The Tennessee Titans scored two touchdowns in a span of five plays early in the third quarter, then added 10 more points before the period ended to take a 31-0 lead over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.
The explosive third period was a dramatic change from the sloppy first half, when the Titans turned the ball over four times to let the offensively hapless Cowboys stay close.
All 24 third-quarter points came off of four Dallas turnovers, with two of the scores by Tennessee's defense and the third requiring one offensive play of 11 yards.
Randall Godfrey and Blaine Bishop sacked Anthony Wright on the second play of the quarter, forcing a fumble. Tennessee's Eddie Robinson recovered at the Dallas 11. Eddie George scored on the next play, one minute into the half.
Godfrey struck again on Dallas' next series, breaking through untouched to sack Wright and cause another fumble on a night when the wind chill was in the mid-teens.
Defensive end Henry Ford recovered, rolled over on the ground once, then was pulled to his feet by teammates. He rumbled 30 yards for the Titans' second TD in five plays and 2:25.
After an exchange of punts, Dallas took over on its own 7 midway through the period. On first down, Wright tossed a soft swing pass toward Emmitt Smith in the left flat. It never got there, as Keith Bulluck stepped in to pick it off and strolled 8 yards into the end zone.
Godfrey recovered a fumble later in the quarter to set up Al Del Greco's 21-yard field goal that made it 31-0 and sent several of the Titans starters to the bench for the night.