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Cowboys put a quick end to overtime, Steelers

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The Steelers got the ball first in overtime in Dallas, but they didn’t hold onto it long.

Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr stepped in front of a Ben Roethlisberger pass on the second play of overtime and returned it to the one-yard line. The Cowboys moved the ball into the middle of the field and let Dan Bailey kick a 20-yard field goal to win the game 27-24 and make the NFC East even knottier with two weeks to play.

The Redskins won and the Giants lost, leaving all three teams with 8-6 records heading into Week 15. With a Week 17 date with the Redskins and a tiebreaker edge on the Giants, the Cowboys can win the division if they win their last two games. Not a bad time to put together your first three-game win streak of the season.

Things looked like they were going to go against the Cowboys when they were down 24-17 in the fourth quarter and had a drive stall. Antonio Brown fumbled at the end of his punt return, though, and the Cowboys tied the game with their second life. After a strange end of game sequence that saw the Cowboys seem to flirt with a 62-yard field goal (or perhaps just force the Steelers to take a timeout) and the Steelers opt to take a knee at their own 20 with 25 seconds and one timeout left, the game went to overtime and Carr made the kind of play that the Cowboys brought him to Dallas to make.

It was the end of a good day for a battered Cowboys defense. They lost linebacker Ernie Sims to a concussion and DeMarcus Ware was clearly less than 100 percent, but they came up with big sacks to end a pair of late Steelers drives and, of course, came up with the big play in overtime.

Roethlisberger wound up 24-of-40 for 339 yards and two touchdowns on the game, numbers that Tony Romo bettered. He was 30-of-42 for 341 yards and two scores, including a 24-yard strike to Dez Bryant that ended a third quarter drive that saw Romo go 7-for-7 for 89 yards. DeMarco Murray chipped in 81 rushing yards and a touchdown, balancing out a fumble near the Steeler end zone in the first half, and Dez Bryant managed four catches for 59 yards despite a finger injury that was definitely limiting him.

The Steelers running game never got going Sunday and the Cowboys were able to find mismatches in the passing game all day, which helped the Steelers to a second straight loss and clinched a playoff berth for the Ravens. At 7-7, the Steelers are now a game behind the Bengals in the fight for a Wild Card spot as the teams prepare to play at Heinz Field next weekend. It goes without saying that making the playoffs isn’t going to happen if the Steelers lose that one too.

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62 Responses to “Cowboys put a quick end to overtime, Steelers”
  1. herlies says: Dec 16, 2012 8:08 PM

    The Romo kneel for -2 yards counts as a “game-winning drive”

    Think about that next time someone mentions that bogus statistic.

    Great game, though.

  2. billhicks666 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:08 PM

    I love how the Ravens are collapsing down the stretch, yet the Steelers can’t make up any ground. Absolutely pathetic, both teams.

  3. theobamaphones says: Dec 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    So glad this game turned out the way it did…all of the talk about big ben being a better qb, byrant being a non-factor, how the fans were going to roll into the stadium 40,000 strong. Well they may have came in 40,000 strong but they are leaving 40,000 losers hanging their head. Speaking of losers, leave it to a “Class” act like rapisberger to throw the game sealing pick then not hang around to shake the better teams hand. I feel sorry for steelers fans, you deserve a better face of your team.

  4. jessethegreat says: Dec 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Dallas hung tough today but how much of a disappointment has mendenhall been for the steelers? For a team that rarely misses on early picks, him being there and being the player they drafted him to be would have been huge for them.

  5. rickastleydancemoves says: Dec 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Where are all the Steeler fans that were talking trash in the earlier posts? Do y’all realize y’all are not in the playoffs?

  6. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Say what you want about Romo and the Cowboys…they ALWAYS put on a good show. It’s always a good game, and when Ben is playing you can usually say the same for the Steelers. Great game to watch. Put these guys on Sunday night prime time every week, you’ve got my vote.

  7. imissnumber21 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:14 PM

    Props to the cowboys.Hope to see them for a winner take all in week 17-skins fan

  8. Steve B says: Dec 16, 2012 8:14 PM

    Man, the Steeler may be the most frustrating team in the NFL. When the rest of the NFC East needed them to win, they lose their only game this year to an NFC East team. Double whammy.

  9. geniusfan says: Dec 16, 2012 8:15 PM

    Often times the term “must win game” is overused but the Steelers have a true must win game against the Bengals next week, if they lose there won’t be any playoff football for the Steelers.

  10. tralfaz1127 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:16 PM

    Bengals win next week, and then the division the week after. Number 1 sack team in the league, little ben will be lucky to walk away, Dallas got to him 4 times and they don’t pressure anybody.

  11. t8ertot says: Dec 16, 2012 8:17 PM

    How bout those Boys? As a Bengals fan, I say thank you

  12. ravenator says: Dec 16, 2012 8:17 PM

    How does it feel to hand the playoffs to the Ravens? You had the chance to seize the opportunity to make a statement game next week and you failed Pittsburgh. Story of your season. Soak it up.

  13. blacknole08 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:18 PM

    I don’t blame Roethlisberger for making that throw. But seriously what was Mike Wallace doing? Had he made an effort to touch Brandon Carr while he was on the ground, Steelers would have had a decent shot at stopping the Cowboys potential GW drive.

  14. oldbrowndawg says: Dec 16, 2012 8:18 PM

    Whatever the process, however it got done, the end result was FANTASTIC! The arrogant Stillers may be all done for yet another year. And with the aging of their defense, this might be all for them anyway. Let’s hope so!

  15. skinzfan23 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:21 PM

    Looks like that week 17 matchup between the Redskins & Cowboys will be a good one — a meaningful matchup between the rivals in December — should be a great game!

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 16, 2012 8:22 PM

    I usually enjoy seeing Dallas lose more than most any other team. However with the way steelers fans have been acting it’s fairly enjoying to see them suffer defeat.

    Hopefully the cowboys can taste defeat next week at the hands of Brees but I wouldn’t count on it.

  17. nicepak381 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:22 PM

    What a great game! Tough one to lose.

  18. sportsfan240 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    rickastleydancemoves says:
    Dec 16, 2012 8:13 PM
    Where are all the Steeler fans that were talking trash in the earlier posts? Do y’all realize y’all are not in the playoffs?

    ————–

    The funny thing is the Steelers still control their own destiny.

  19. kremis says: Dec 16, 2012 8:23 PM

    I love it when the Steelers lose like that!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

  20. bluebongzilla says: Dec 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    “The Romo kneel for -2 yards counts as a “game-winning drive”

    Think about that next time someone mentions that bogus statistic.”

    It’s not bogus if all QB’s that have the opportunity to do that, do that. And all QB’s do that when the opportunity arises. It’s pretty uncommon anyway, maybe a first for Romo himself, so remember that the next time you think about presenting a bogus argument.

  21. kremis says: Dec 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    Hey Steeler fans,,,,,,,,,,hahahahahahahahahahaha

  22. daninms says: Dec 16, 2012 8:26 PM

    Don’t know what is going to happen with the Cowboys for the rest of the year but for the first time in YEARS they are playing tough in crunch time.

  23. trbowman says: Dec 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    Big day today for Andy Dalton and co

    And they didn’t even play a game.

  24. 22dallas22 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    Great game but my Boys are going shorten my lifespan. Why do the Cowboys always take it down to the wire?? At least we won this one :-)

  25. zackattack410 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    C’mon Steelers next weak! You’ve choked your way to me rooting for you to beat the Bengals, so the Ravens clinch the AFC North! If you lose, you miss the playoffs entirely. You are what your record says! Ravens 9-5 and WILL do damage in the playoffs. Haters, please bury us like you did the 9-7 Giants last year. Suggs, Lewis, Yanda, Pollard, Ellerbe will all be healthy and ready to go by that time. CAW!!!!!

  26. bluebongzilla says: Dec 16, 2012 8:31 PM

    “Bengals win next week, and then the division the week after. Number 1 sack team in the league, little ben will be lucky to walk away, Dallas got to him 4 times and they don’t pressure anybody.”

    The Cowboys sacked Dalton 5 times.

  27. steelcity333 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    The sad thing Ravens fans is that we have lost 4 of our last 5 games and we still are playing better football than you guys.

  28. bluebongzilla says: Dec 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    “Had he made an effort to touch Brandon Carr while he was on the ground, Steelers would have had a decent shot at stopping the Cowboys potential GW drive.”

    Doubtful. Carr would have been down at the 36. I like their chances to get 3 yards in 3 plays to kick another 50 yard FG considering the fact that the Cowboys O gained an average of 6.5 yards per play in this game.

  29. jkb0162 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:42 PM

    Another solid win by my boys. Don’t think they will beat New Orleans next week but that last game against the Skins is all that matters. Great to see Steelers fans go home sad too!

  30. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:46 PM

    Thanks Boys! Cincy will beat both BAL and PITT next 2 games and will win the AFC North..Thanks again boys

  31. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Dec 16, 2012 8:53 PM

    “bluebongzilla says: Dec 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    “Had he made an effort to touch Brandon Carr while he was on the ground, Steelers would have had a decent shot at stopping the Cowboys potential GW drive.”

    Doubtful. Carr would have been down at the 36. I like their chances to get 3 yards in 3 plays to kick another 50 yard FG considering the fact that the Cowboys O gained an average of 6.5 yards per play in this game.”

    Oh brother, how ridiculous. The odds that the Steelers would stop the Cowboys at say the 36 are far, far greater than stopping them at the 1. Wallace made no effort until it was too late. He stood still instead of reacting.

  32. gloxford says: Dec 16, 2012 8:55 PM

    great team win

  33. steelchampions says: Dec 16, 2012 9:01 PM

    The Steelers are in the middle of transitioning from older players to newer players so it’s no surprise that they run into a few bumps along the way. And this season has just been one long bump.

    It would be easy to heap all of the blame on just one or two players (we’re looking your way Antonio Brown aka WeeklyFumbleMaster), but it’s pretty clear the whole team has performed at an average level at best this season. So assuming the Steelers don’t actually trip and fall unexpectedly into the playoffs let’s hope they take step forward next season.

  34. dirtyharry1971 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:03 PM

    here that flushing sound steeler fans? Thats your season going down the toliet, gotta love it!!

  35. afreak2u says: Dec 16, 2012 9:03 PM

    First congrats cowboys from a steelers fan and it was a exciting game to watch I would have enjoyed it better with a win but wasn’t meant to be, now as for the ravens you act like u won today when it didn’t look like u even showed up, you fire your offensive coordinator when maybe u should have fired your offensive team, yes u in the playoffs but u won’t last either will the bengals and realistically if steelers make it still they won’t to many areas we need improvement in, honestly none of the teams in the afc north deserve to go. But I have been forever and will be forever a steelers fan so lets hope a victory the next two weeks for us and a loss in the next two weeks for the bengals so I can at least watch the steelers for 1 additional week

  36. causeisaid says: Dec 16, 2012 9:04 PM

    steelcity333 says:
    Dec 16, 2012 8:35 PM
    The sad thing Ravens fans is that we have lost 4 of our last 5 games and we still are playing better football than you guys.

    Does playing better and losing make you feel better? Last I checked style points don’t count in the NFL. They only check the win loss column

  37. ravensnosncaps says: Dec 16, 2012 9:08 PM

    @steelcity333
    Whatever makes you feel better. 7-7

  38. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 16, 2012 9:12 PM

    Does anybody realize that if the Steelers win their last 2 games they are in the playoffs? This game didn’t mean a thing the only game that matters is next week against the Bengals. Well worry about the Browns after that but again, this game didnt mean a thing except making a run at the AFC North.

    And we would kill to play the Ravens again in the playoffs.

  39. bluebongzilla says: Dec 16, 2012 9:19 PM

    “The odds that the Steelers would stop the Cowboys at say the 36 are far, far greater than stopping them at the 1″

    Theoretically, yeah. Realistically, if the Cowboys don’t gain an inch it’s a 53 yard FG attempt. Better odds, but then again what are the odds that the Steelers could hold the Cowboys to 0 yards in three downs? Probably about equal to the odds of them blocking a FG attempt from the one.

  40. hart6399 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:20 PM

    Ben belongs on a short bus. To not blame him for the throw is ridiculous. That was a terrible throw and he missed several throws badly that game. Throw in the sacks he was taking the last drives of the game instead of throwing the ball away and I can’t see how he doesn’t take the blame ifor being stupid. I am a steeler fan but this team is poorly coached too. Special teams.blunders. brown running out of bounds when need to kill the clock. Either bad coaching or just stupid. They aren’t dead….but its getting ugly. And ravens fans….you are joking right. That offense is horrible. You wonder why your qb doesn’t have a contract?

  41. ravenator says: Dec 16, 2012 9:23 PM

    Steelers are officially playing bench warmer to the Bengals and Ravens. How proud you must feel Steeler fans, hahaha.

  42. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 16, 2012 9:24 PM

    I’m not one to cry about calls….

    But sheesh did the refs try to give that one to the Steelers….

  43. nananatman says: Dec 16, 2012 9:26 PM

    As a Giants fan, which clearly stank so bad today they gave the team a can of tomato soup to bath in, this makes things interesting!

  44. dccowboy says: Dec 16, 2012 9:26 PM

    That’s FIVE games this season that Romo has won, coming from behind in the 4th Qtr. He’s 3-0 this December as well. Time to drop the ‘not clutch’ meme.

  45. steel420 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:32 PM

    after Ben was clubbed in the head by DeMarcus Ware he was sacked twice and threw an interception. In my opinion that was the difference in the game, besides AB fumbling the punt return

  46. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 16, 2012 9:45 PM

    Does anybody realize that if the Steelers win their last 2 games they are in the playoffs? This game didn’t mean a thing the only game that matters is next week against the Bengals. Well worry about the Browns after that but again, this game didnt mean a thing except making a run at the AFC North.

    And we would kill to play the Ravens again in the playoffs.

    **************

    Ain’t the playoffs yet dude….

  47. st1llerz1 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:46 PM

    While it would be nice to think we’ll win the next two weeks at home and sneak into the sixth seed, do we really want it? While you always want to dance, if we get in, odds are we’re headed to…Denver. How cruel is that? We get to go to Denver yet again and play without Ryan Clark. I don’t believe we can keep up with Manning in Denver without Clark.

    Today’s game was entertaining; however, as it seems to be this entire year, the ball hits the turf in the open field because of lousy ball security.

    This division will be WIDE open next year!

    GO STEELERS!

  48. tobiasjodter says: Dec 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    That was a real fun game to watch. Ben did not look very sharp again – I also noticed his play dropped significantly after he got bludgeoned in the head by Ware.

  49. zack2482 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:02 PM

    Romo in Dec.

    2012: 6 td’s 1 int
    2011: 8 td’s 0 int’s
    2009: 7 td’s 1 int

    Romo’s been doing good.

  50. billhicks666 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    st1llerz1 says:

    “…I don’t believe we can keep up with Manning in Denver without Clark.”

    Face it, dude. The Steelers couldn’t keep up with Manning in Pittsburgh with Clark.

  51. romo2dez88 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    Where are the Romo haters at??? Are you guys finally ready to shut up and just accept the fact he’s a great quarterback?? He single handedly LIFTS the Cowboys.

  52. jgammell2012 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:24 PM

    Steelers are officially playing bench warmer to the Bengals and Ravens. How proud you must feel Steeler fans, hahaha.

    12 5

    Really ? Not a fan of either team ravens or steelers but ravens aren’t going anywhere. Crazy thing for steelers is if bengals steelers and ravens all end up 9-7 I am pretty sure based on nfl tiebreakers steelers win division. Not 100% on that but

  53. st1llerz1 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:29 PM

    @billhicks666…

    I seem to recall that Manning beat us by 7 points in Denver without Clark.

    Now that was before we were down to our 5th and 6th cornerbacks, but I still think the Steelers defense would give him a game in Pittsburgh. Victorian and Golden were on the practice squad as recently as two weeks ago and were on the field for the entire game tonight. Not many teams can overcome that kind of onslaught of injuries.

    As always…

    GO STEELERS!

  54. bluebongzilla says: Dec 16, 2012 10:43 PM

    There’s nothing wrong with Romo in December or any other month. The main difference these past few weeks is the defense stepping up in crunch time.

  55. halusbr33 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:04 PM

    @ billhicks666
    Peyton Manning is great, there is no other way to slice it. HOF, 1st ballot, without a doubt. Watching him today, I still don’t feel he has reached his peak of this season.

    That said, the Steelers throughout his (Manning) history have had a pretty decent track record against Manning and his respective team(s).

    If Denver & Manning played Pittsburgh right now in this moment, he’d probably carve them up. But I would not doubt that the Steelers would have an effective game plan to combat some of what he brings to the table.

  56. daboys1023 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:07 PM

    @st1llerz1 Speaking of injuries Dallas was down 6 starters on their Defense and 2 key backups to those starters. So don’t act like y’all are the only ones with injuries. That’s over half of our defense

  57. halusbr33 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:13 PM

    steel420 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:32 PM

    after Ben was clubbed in the head by DeMarcus Ware he was sacked twice and threw an interception. In my opinion that was the difference in the game, besides AB fumbling the punt return

    ********************************
    Antonio Brown, as well as others, has to secure the football. Especially in a tight one like that. Too many basic miscues this season…

  58. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 16, 2012 11:16 PM

    It’s time for the Steelers to stop drafting fast receievers and to start drafting SMART ones. Wow!!! Brown, Sanders and Wallace are as dumb as a box of rocks!!!!

  59. moturnovers24 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:42 AM

    Like Jason Garrett said a first place tie means nothing beating the saints is all that matters now good win for the boys but lets focus now on the saints

  60. jody46 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:10 AM

    thank you cowboys! my bengals have a game up on the steelers

  61. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 17, 2012 6:15 AM

    The Steelers stink, and the Ravens. Go Bengals !

  62. kmartin173 says: Dec 17, 2012 10:03 AM

    Cowboys are dangerous if Romo doesn’t throw the game away or dig them in an early hole.

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