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Cowboys rally to beat Vikings in final minute

Marcus Sherels, Dwayne Harris AP

Overcoming some miscues and a big day from Adrian Peterson, the Cowboys came back to defeat the visiting Vikings 27-23 on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Quarterback Tony Romo connected with receiver Dwayne Harris on a seven-yard touchdown in the final minute to ultimately secure victory for Dallas (5-4), which has the only winning record in the NFC East.

Four plays before Harris’ touchdown, Romo hit Dez Bryant for a 34-yard completion, which put Dallas just outside Minnesota’s red zone. In an up-and-down day for Bryant, this was the highlight, the reminder of his game-changing ability.

Romo completed 34-of-51 throws for 337 yards for the Cowboys, who leaned heavily on the passing game and had some issues with dropped passes and other mistakes. The Cowboys attempted just nine rushes.

By contrast, the Vikings were propelled by Peterson, their star running back. Peterson was magnificent in defeat, rushing for 140 yards on 25 carries.

The Vikings surged to a 23-20 lead on an 11-yard fourth-quarter TD run by Peterson, who burst through the line and powered his way into the endzone on a 4th-and-1 play. Peterson was met at the Dallas five-yard-line, but he kept his legs going, and with some helpful pushing from teammate Chase Ford, he broke the plane.

Blair Walsh would miss the extra point after the touchdown, keeping Minnesota’s lead at three. The Vikings’ defense would pick him up on the next series, intercepting Romo. However, the Vikings’ next drive stalled, and they elected to punt from the Dallas 41.

The Cowboys would start their next drive on their 10-yard-line with less than three minutes left to play. And from there, Romo went to work, completing 7-of-9 passes for 90 yards, with the touchdown to Harris sealing the game for the Cowboys.

Christian Ponder, Romo’s Minnesota counterpart, completed 25-of-37 passes for 236 yards with one touchdown, but he was picked once, and he lost a fumble in the endzone that Dallas recovered for a touchdown.

The loss drops the Vikings to 1-7. The Vikings host Washington on Thursday night. The Cowboys, in their last game before their bye, play at New Orleans next Sunday.

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48 Responses to “Cowboys rally to beat Vikings in final minute”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    The Vikings lost?

    I’m shocked.

    >

  2. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    Another humiliating Viking loss for the most pathetic fans in the NFL.

  3. tjacks7 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    The Vikings are still on track to fire the entire coaching staff and be in position to draft a QB early in the first round. Overall, a successful day for the Vikings, in my opinion.

  4. apooster says: Nov 3, 2013 4:51 PM

    It’s easy to see the problem with the Vikings and it starts with Spielman.

    Spielman must go. Both coordinators must go. The players are still fighting for Frazier, and I think he deserves to stay.

  5. cometkazie says: Nov 3, 2013 4:51 PM

    Romo didn’t choke!

  6. hopefulvikingsfan says: Nov 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    Sure, people are going to come in and say “hapless, tasteless Vikings are garbage blah blah”. Whatever you want to say, say it, we probably deserved it. I can say though, today was the first time in a while I was actually excited about how the offense was playing. We had a few good long drives, Peterson got to show us he can still play (that touchdown run was awesome) and Ponder threw some pretty good balls. Now, on the same side, Dallas receivers dropped an ungodly amount of easy passes… this game easily could have been more in Dallas’s favor than led to believe. Rip on the Vikings all you want, makes your fan base look worse than ours, but I will say this much…

    For the first time in a long time, I had fun watching a Vikings game today.

  7. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    Wa whoooo!

    -Vikings fan.

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Nov 3, 2013 4:55 PM

    Romo is the most clutch player in the league. Name one time he choked.
    ;)

  9. banlarson says: Nov 3, 2013 4:56 PM

    I must say I enjoyed the game today. Most have been tough to watch, but I’ve come to grips with the fact this team isn’t going anywhere. As bad as this sounds I’m actually glad they ended up losing. They proved they have the ability (minus QB) to play with anyone. But by losing they keep hopes alive for a top 3 draft pick and a potential franchise QB. Sure they can win 3-4 games this year if they really wanted to, but why drop the draft pick down to 10 or 12 and end up with another Ponder.

    Nice game plan by the coaching staff; some questionable play calls on offense, but I thought the defense was stout (given the lack of secondary personnel) until the last drive (like always).

  10. The Doctor says: Nov 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    For the first time in my 38 years as a Viking fan, I am unsure if I want them to win anymore games. We need to secure the best possible QB in next years draft. And then pick up some interior O-lineman, interior D-lineman, and a Middle linebacker that can tackle someone.

  11. thebadguyswon says: Nov 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    Going to be one and done if they make the playoffs. You cannot win in the postseason by passing 85% of the time.

  12. packerfansarefat says: Nov 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    Ponder back to pass from the 45 yard line…..here is the “Hail Mary” pass…this is going to be an exciting finish!!!……oops, it skips of the turf at the 10 yard line…….yep, the 10 yard line.
    Don’t know what’s worse…a QB with that weak of arm in the NFL or a coaching staff that knows this and doesn’t put someone in that can give them a chance to catch it in the endzone…..oh well, at least they didn’t mess up our draft position.

  13. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Nov 3, 2013 5:02 PM

    All part of a better plan.

    I will point out though that Ponder’s last pass did not even make it into the end zone on a hail mary. Predictable.

  14. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 3, 2013 5:06 PM

    Pierre Garcon – 7 Catches, 172 yards
    Dez “DeAngelo’s Son” Bryant – 6 catches, 64 yards
    #Thatendsthatdebate

  15. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 3, 2013 5:09 PM

    All we do in Washington is win games and Superbowls. Your days of being atop the division are numbered, Dallas. #HTTR

  16. thetroofishere says: Nov 3, 2013 5:10 PM

    We’ll take it.

  17. johnnybearcat says: Nov 3, 2013 5:16 PM

    Pierre- 2 TDs
    Dez- 6 TDs

  18. porkchopexpress1969 says: Nov 3, 2013 5:16 PM

    Great Hail Mary Ponder! Lol

  19. allday2k says: Nov 3, 2013 5:20 PM

    Ponder’s hail mary that was 10 yards shy of the end zone just about says everything for our need to find a franchise QB. How is it that an NFL QB underthrows a hail mary and cant throw 50 yards downfield? No lie or exaggeration, I could have thrown that pass further than Ponder when I was 8 years old.

  20. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 3, 2013 5:25 PM

    Vikings should move to London. They’re undefeated there 😉

  21. packerfansarefat says: Nov 3, 2013 5:29 PM

    By the way vikes fans….”Filthy” and “Tokyo” are the same person…and he works for PFT……just when you think your life sucks….think about his…lol…sad.

  22. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 3, 2013 5:30 PM

    Nice hailmary, ponder.

    Lmfao!!!!

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 3, 2013 5:33 PM

    Viking fans have repeatedly assured me that Ponder doesn’t have a noodle-arm.

    Maybe it was bruised or something.

  24. trapshoot says: Nov 3, 2013 5:50 PM

    Bring back Favre.

  25. zack2482 says: Nov 3, 2013 5:51 PM

    Tony clutch in the 4th. 102 passer rating in the 4th quarter. Facts don’t lie.

  26. favrewillplay4ever says: Nov 3, 2013 5:54 PM

    I thought that was chad Pennington in there at the end of the game!!

  27. jarmint1 says: Nov 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    Im a vikes fan, but Im headed to Minneapolis to help Ponder ,Frasier, & Musgrave pack there sh!t!! All in all another wasted big Peterson day on Ponder turnovers and bad decisions by coaching staff & WTF was that last drive and a hail mary that didnt make it to the endzone. Wilfs need to turn there attention to college football and find a QB,also call CBS and offer Coach Cowher a truck load of money to attempt to save our franchise before Peterson pulls a Barry Sanders and just walks away!!

  28. whatjusthapped says: Nov 3, 2013 6:17 PM

    For all those posting all spring that all Ponder needs is a few weapons, pull back the curtain and here is your real franchise QB, 0-5 this season. Ya, the hail mary pass was just flat out unacceptable for a QB to have all the time in the world and then heave up a pass that falls 10 yards short. Now Viking female fans are used to experience of expecting something and then coming up way short but it is a new experience for the rest of the Viking fans.

  29. matt2calvin says: Nov 3, 2013 6:23 PM

    I can’t believe an NFL QB can’t throw a hail-mary pass 45 yards in the air!

    Seriously – I could throw it further.

    If he can’t throw the long ball, why did the coaches leave him in for that play? If you leave him in, you throw it earlier – you don’t wait until all the receivers are out of the range of your arm.

    I’m glad Frasier got a vote of confidence from the owner, because I’m a Lions fan…

  30. axespray says: Nov 3, 2013 6:33 PM

    “This was a moral victory for our (totally gonna go nowhere in the playoffs) team today.”
    – Jerry Jones

  31. mjk4503 says: Nov 3, 2013 6:55 PM

    A coaching fail and Hail Mary fail. I predict Freeman, for better or worse, will be the starter come Thursday. If not Freeman then Castle because there will be a full blown riot at the dome if Ponder starts! Fraizer seems like a good guy but he has to know his days as a head coach anywhere are numbered.

  32. 700levelvet says: Nov 3, 2013 7:11 PM

    The. “Most mediocre franchise in sports”….

  33. vikefan says: Nov 3, 2013 7:24 PM

    dang, if the games were only 59 min we would be undefeated, just too bad that the coaching staff still has not figured out how to game plan for that last minute of the game. the fat lady was singing 4 games ago. the only reason our offense looked like anything today was because the likes of Demarcus Ware & co. did not play. Otherwise o-line & Ponder would have been looking like scrubs again.

    for the first time in 45 years of my whole existence and as a Vikings fan, I pray they do not win another game the rest of the season. Let the new unknown in coming GM and coaching staff have a top 3 pick to shoulder this franchise.

  34. orangepeanut28 says: Nov 3, 2013 7:32 PM

    “Worst fans in the NFL” huh? Funny how its Packer fans first to post on a Vikings thread. If the Vikings have the worst fans, the Packers have the most pathetic by far. You live or die by the play of a group of individuals you have never met, and take great joy rubbing in the face of the Vikings fan base championships you had no part of. Your loves are simple, empty, and laughable.

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 3, 2013 7:54 PM

    hopefulvikingsfan says:
    Nov 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    Rip on the Vikings all you want…….

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

    You spelled “R.I.P.” wrong.

  36. teamnorsecore says: Nov 3, 2013 7:58 PM

    mjk4503 says:
    Nov 3, 2013 6:55 PM
    A coaching fail and Hail Mary fail. I predict Freeman, for better or worse, will be the starter come Thursday. If not Freeman then Castle because there will be a full blown riot at the dome if Ponder starts! Fraizer seems like a good guy but he has to know his days as a head coach anywhere are numbered.
    ………..
    His name is CASSEL!!! Why are you on here?

  37. teamnorsecore says: Nov 3, 2013 8:03 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Nov 3, 2013 6:17 PM
    For all those posting all spring that all Ponder needs is a few weapons, pull back the curtain and here is your real franchise QB, 0-5 this season. Ya, the hail mary pass was just flat out unacceptable for a QB to have all the time in the world and then heave up a pass that falls 10 yards short. Now Viking female fans are used to experience of expecting something and then coming up way short but it is a new experience for the rest of the Viking fans.
    ……
    WOW……..Deep thoughts…

  38. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Nov 3, 2013 8:21 PM

    Not going to dump on the Vikings. Instead I’ll dump on the Cowboys. What a joke!! Green Bay is going to rip your defense apart in a few weeks. The Packers love Jerry’s House.

  39. supersuckers3 says: Nov 3, 2013 8:35 PM

    You can blame Ponder for many things but not the last play. If you review it again, you will notice Minnesota was trying to get cute (for what reason we may never know). They went into a “bunch” formation and Musgrave had Ponder try to look off a secondary that up until then, pretty much stayed in a two deep non prevent shell. Ponder tried to hit #17 at the pylon from his own 40 or so (not 45 yards). Not many can do that. In fact I’ve never seen it. They were better off with the traditional heave to a trips set which Ponder certainly has the arm for. I thought they played hard for a 1-6 club that is in such limbo.

  40. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 3, 2013 9:08 PM

    Rick Spielman has the vikings going in the right direction.

    Leslie Frazier is the best coach for the vikings.

    Ponder is the future of the franchise and just needs a little more time to develop.

    One off year is no reason to fire anybody.

    I hope the vikings stay the course.

  41. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Nov 3, 2013 10:00 PM

    vikefan says:Nov 3, 2013 7:24 PM

    dang, if the games were only 59 min we would be undefeated
    _____

    I think you missed the Detroit, Carolina, New York, and Green Bay games. Still, they could be 4-4 without those last-minute breakdowns. So they’re good enough to be .500 but will get a top-3 pick. They could be the next Indianapolis or Kansas City.

  42. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 3, 2013 10:01 PM

    packerfansarefat says:
    Nov 3, 2013 5:29 PM
    By the way vikes fans….”Filthy” and “Tokyo” are the same person…and he works for PFT……just when you think your life sucks….think about his…lol…sad.

    —–

    Oh, hey contra!

  43. backdapack4evr says: Nov 4, 2013 12:01 AM

    AP was incredible
    there is no way the vikes should have lost to the over-rated plowbows.
    Not the coaches fault that an idiot GM brings in a horrible QB that is so bad he is inactive for the game…

  44. swchiefsfanatic says: Nov 4, 2013 3:56 AM

    Whatever you do, don’t put your hope in cassel viks fans. KC fan assurring you thats just a waist of a roster spot. Think the guys been hit in the head too many times.

  45. swchiefsfanatic says: Nov 4, 2013 4:05 AM

    Poor Dallas fans… You guys have to get all gung ho every time Romo has a game were he doesn’t directly contribute to a loss. The guy reminds me of D McNab in his decline, off game, off game, awesome game, repeat. In the end you figure all the stats and he looks great. So you forgive him for the fact that for all the talent around him. He just cant make it go anywhere.. someone (Jerry) needs to realize what the problem really is and that paying a guy more money doesnt make him a better player.

  46. kmartin173 says: Nov 4, 2013 9:34 AM

    You’re a bad, bad team if you can’t force a 4th quarter meltdown from Romo.

  47. ceschatz says: Nov 4, 2013 3:17 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Nov 3, 2013 5:06 PM
    Pierre Garcon – 7 Catches, 172 yards
    Dez “DeAngelo’s Son” Bryant – 6 catches, 64 yards
    #Thatendsthatdebate
    _________________________________

    Pierre Garcon 6 years in the league
    3836 Yards, 22TD’s

    Dez Bryant 4 Years in the league
    3576 Yards, 35 TD’s

    #Nowthatendsthatdebate

  48. ceschatz says: Nov 4, 2013 3:18 PM

    Funny how I keep reading in these comments how the Cowboys are the most mediocre team in the NFL yet their record shows that their is at least 5 teams more mediocre than the cowboys.

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