NFL Game Summary - Dallas at Cincinnati|
(Sunday, December 9th)
Final Score: Dallas 20, Cincinnati 19
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Dallas Cowboys lost one of their own on
Saturday, but persevered at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday to keep their playoff
hopes alive in the wake of Jerry Brown's death.
Facing a Cincinnati Bengals team riding a four-game winning streak, Dallas
trailed by nine midway through the fourth quarter, then rallied to steal a
20-19 decision on Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal as time expired.
Brown, a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad, was killed in a one-car
accident with teammate Josh Price-Brent identified as the driver and
subsequently arrested on intoxication manslaughter charges.
Price-Brent, who saw increased playing time with nose tackle Jay Ratliff
nursing a groin injury, was in custody Sunday morning and is "grief-stricken"
with the loss of his friend, per a statement released by his agent on Saturday
There was a moment of silence held for Brown before the game, which came down
to the final seconds after Dez Bryant caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from
Tony Romo with 6:35 remaining, cutting the Cowboys' deficit to 19-17.
Romo moved Dallas into field goal range in the final minute, and Bailey split
the uprights for the Cowboys' fourth win in five games. Dallas (7-6) remains
one game behind the NFC East-leading New York Giants with three to play.
"We obviously had a very difficult situation, a tragedy, happen to our
football team. It's been really emotional for everybody," Cowboys head coach
Jason Garrett said. "All we asked our team was...to some how, some way,
channel all the emotions they had into honoring Jerry in their performance."
The Bengals (7-6) outgained the Cowboys, 336-288, but only scored one
touchdown on Andy Dalton's short toss to Andrew Hawkins.
Sixty-eight of Dallas' yards came on an 8-play march that ended in Bryant's
touchdown catch off a deep post.
The Bengals called five straight pass plays on the ensuing drive, the last
resulting in a sack on third down to force a punt. Dallas took over at its own
28-yard line and used up the final 3:44 behind the strength of three third-
down conversions, the last a 6-yard run by DeMarco Murray that moved the ball
to the Cincinnati 24-yard line with 24 seconds showing.
After a 2-yard run by Murray, the Cowboys called timeout with four ticks left,
and Bailey gave the visitors something to smile about during a somber weekend.
"We needed to win," Romo said. "Our team continues to be mentally tough and
staying in this thing. I'm proud of our guys."
Romo finished with 268 yards on 25-of-43 attempts, while his counterpart,
Dalton, completed 20-of-33 passes for 206 yards. Each quarterback threw an
Bailey put the Cowboys on the board with a 37-yard field goal 6:24 into the
game after Romo threw an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-1.
It took Cincinnati less than two minutes to answer. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and
Marvin Jones ran for 19 and 37 yards, respectively, to reach the red zone, and
on the fifth play of the 70-yard march, Hawkins ran in motion, caught Dalton's
shovel pass behind the line of scrimmage and sprinted to the right pylon for
an 8-yard score.
A three-and-out and a poor punt set the Bengals up at the Dallas 47-yard line
later in the opening quarter. The hosts moved the ball to the five, and a sack
on third down brought out Josh Brown for a 25-yard field goal.
Brandon Carr forced a turnover early in the second quarter when he stepped in
front of A.J. Green, picked off Dalton's pass and ran 37 yards to the Cincy
27. Romo and Jason Witten hooked up for a 25-yard gain on the next snap, and
on 3rd-and-goal from the one, Murray leaped over the pile and broke the plane
with the nose of the ball with 10:33 left in the half.
On the ensuing drive, Jermaine Gresham came down with a one-handed, 25-yard
grab to set up Josh Brown's 33-yard kick and a 13-10 lead at halftime.
Much like the first half, the Bengals moved the ball effectively out of the
break, though they only came away with three points on their first touch. An
illegal touching penalty on Jones negated the rookie's touchdown catch, and
Green dropped a slant pass on third down.
Josh Brown booted a 25-yard field goal with 9:26 on the clock, then added a
52-yarder 2 1/2 minutes later following another poor punt by Brian Moorman,
who had three of 27 yards or less. Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims was flagged
for a critical personal foul penalty on third down to keep Cincinnati's drive
alive before Cincinnati's fourth field goal.
"We had opportunities. We got down into the red zone several times and we had
to kick field goals. If we make one more play, score one more touchdown it's a
completely different game," Dalton said.
Bryant has scored seven touchdowns in the last five games ... Murray logged 53
yards on 21 carries. The Cowboys are 9-0 the last two years when the running
back sees 18-plus carries ... The Cowboys' sideline was whistled for
unsportsmanlike conduct on Cincinnati's first drive of the second half.
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was seen arguing with Bengals tackle
Andre Smith 10 yards onto the field before the flag was thrown ... Green-Ellis
ran 12 times for 89 yards, falling 11 yards shy of matching the Bengals' all-
time record with four straight 100-yard running games ... The Bengals play at
Philadelphia on Thursday, while Dallas hosts the Steelers next Sunday.
12/09 19:56:32 ET