Jason Garrett asked his team to channel their emotions on to the field to honor their fallen brother Jerry Brown. The Cowboys did that, and much more in Cincinnati on Sunday. Dallas rallied from a 9 point deficit in the fourth quarter yesterday to come away with a game-winning field goal to beat the Bengals 20-19. Tony Romo led his team back in the second half for the second straight week, as he and DeMarco Murray led two drives in the fourth quarter to score the 10 points they needed for the win. For most of the game, though, it appeared that the Cowboys would be overcome by the tragedy in Dallas and lose. The Cowboys had other ideas.
The game started on a somber day with each team trading possessions with no points. Dallas broke through first on a Dan Bailey field goal, but the Bengals answered quickly as Andy Dalton hit Andrew Hawkins for an 8 yard score. A field goal following that expanded the lead to 10-3. Romo then led the Cowboys on a drive that seemingly ended with a Miles Austin touchdown, but the replay assistant overturned the call before DeMarco Murray jumped over the pile to score and tie the game. Cincinnati responded with 3 straight field goals, one of which came after A.J. Green dropped a pass on a slant that almost certainly would have resulted in a touchdown. Green was held in check all day by Brandon Carr, who also had an interception to set up a score. In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys came alive as they have all season. Romo led another drive and hit Dez Bryant over the middle for a 27 yard touchdown to trim Cincy’s lead to 2. After a defensive stand gave them the ball back, Romo and Demarco Murray led Dallas on a game winning drive, complete with 3rd down conversions and ultimately led to Bailey’s game winner as time expired.
Dallas’s defense stepped up big time yesterday. They bent but did not break, evident by holding the Bengals to only two field goals in the second half, as Romo led Dallas on another comeback win to keep them right in the thick of the playoff hunt. Dallas is now 7-6, tied for second in the NFC East with Washington one game behind the Giants, all of whom won yesterday. Carr stepped up in a big way, shutting down A.J. Green and holding him to 3 catches for 44 yards on the day. The Cowboys running game also showed up, as Murray capped off a drive with a touchdown and converted a key third down on Dallas’s game winning drive. Up next for the Cowboys is a visit from the Pittsburgh Steelers, as both teams hope to cement their status as playoff teams.