Playing with heavy hearts as a result of the tragic events involving nose tackle Josh Brent and practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown late Friday night/early Saturday morning, the Dallas Cowboys were able to come from behind to get what could be a crucial win on Sunday, beating the Bengals by a final of 20-19.
Dallas opened, as they seemingly always do, with a long drive that ended with a field goal to take the lead at 3-0. Unfortunately, that would be their last lead of the first half.
The Bengals answered quickly, with a five-play, 70-yard drive that was capped with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Andrew Hawkins. A 25-yard field goal by Josh Brown put the Bengals up 10-3.
An interception by Brandon Carr led to a 27-yard drive by Dallas that was ended with a one-yard DeMarco Murray touchdown run, but the Bengals answered before the half ended, with a 33-yard field goal, Brown’s second of the day.
Brown would add a pair of field goals in the third quarter, but the fourth was all Dallas.
Keeping up with a hot run of games, receiver Dez Bryant caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo midway through the period to draw the deficit to two, at 19-17.
Then, with just four seconds remaining, Dan Bailey hit on a 40-yarder to give Dallas the win, 20-19. Romo finished with 268 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
At 7-6, Dallas will host the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.
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