Jon Kitna, 38, made his first start since Oct. 5, 2008, when he was with Detroit. He helped the Cowboys to 415 yards, as Dallas outgained its opponent for the sixth time in seven games.
Kitna gave the Cowboys a chance to win, but they lost, like they have six times this season, managing only 17 points.
“I thought Kitna played like I had hoped, frankly, if you can say that in a loss,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who traded for Kitna before last season. “I think Kitna was strong with his throws, and frankly, there’s no excuses because actually a couple of throws didn’t make the difference out here, but certainly, it was tough luck from his part to have those balls bounce up [and be intercepted].
“There’s no way that the play of our quarterback doesn’t give us a chance to win the game today.”
Kitna completed 34-of-49 passes for 379 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and a passer rating of 64.9. The 49 attempts were the eighth-most in team history, while the 34 completions tied for the third-most.
“I felt going into the game we had a chance to be very effective,” Kitna said. “…The great thing for me is I felt like I was seeing the field well. That’s always the thing you concern yourself with [after] not having played for awhile. I felt like I was seeing the moving parts pretty well.”
-- Charean Williams