There must be some magic left in that old Dallas star. In one of the most exciting games of the 2012 season, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers traded blows heavyweight fight style until the Cowboys delivered the knockout punch in overtime, giving the Cowboys a crucial 27-24 win at home. Tony Romo was the star of the game as he threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns against a usually stingy Steelers defense, but ultimately it was the Cowboys defense that stepped up when it mattered most.
The game started off being dominated by both defenses as the first quarter ended with the Cowboys up 3-0. DeMarco Murray fumbled in a goal to go situation that stalled a Dallas drive early, but Romo hit Jason Witten for a 17 yard touchdown in the second quarter to go up 10-0. The Steelers answered with a field goal, and then marched down the field before halftime for a quick-strike touchdown to tie the game. The defining play of the drive was when Ben Roethlisberger eluded pressure and found Heath Miller for a 30 yard touchdown just before halftime. In the second half, both teams traded blows, with each going up by a touchdown followed by the other team scoring to tie on the following drive. Murray redeemed himself with a 3 yard touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter that eventually stood up going into overtime. That is when Brandon Carr and the defense stepped up to win the game for the Cowboys. Carr made a huge play to pick off Roethlisberger and return the ball all the way to the 1 yard line, which led to the winning field goal by Dan Bailey to put Dallas into a 3 way tie for first place in the NFC East.
Dallas has to feel good about their progress over the past few weeks. They are on a serious roll right now, and with just two games to go they are in great position to make the playoffs, a goal that was put into serious doubt at different points of the season. Though Dez Bryant was hurt, he stepped up to catch a touchdown in the second half and contributed to the offense on several plays. Dallas has shown it knows how to win this season, and it will need to continue to do that with two tough games to finish the year. Next up is a feisty Saints team that blew out Tampa Bay this week, and is finishing strong despite having no hopes for the playoffs. Stay tuned for more Cowboys news, and enjoy your week!