Barber finished with a season-high 110 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys inched closer to securing home-field advantage in the playoffs. Barber was able to run past or bull over defenders, but he also displayed some smarts by staying inbounds after securing the first down on his final rushing attempt. Panthers receiver Steve Smith battled through injuries to finish with nine receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown. Smith had a key 57-yard reception on fourth-and-9 late in the fourth quarter to set up Kasey's field goal and keep Carolina in the game.
The Cowboys had a number of injuries to key players, including receiver Terrell Owens, nose tackle Jay Ratliff, cornerback Terence Newman and linebacker Bradie James. Owens did not return and is scheduled to have an MRI on his high left ankle sprain on Sunday. Ratliff, Newman and James all returned.