Cowboys need OT to pick up crucial win over Browns
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Dan Bailey's 38-yard field goal with 6:13 left in overtime capped a furious comeback that lifted the Dallas Cowboys to a hard-earned -- and much-needed -- 23-20 triumph over the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium.
Dallas (5-5) had to string together a pair of rallies -- first overcoming a 13-0 halftime deficit and later trailing 20-17 in the final minute of regulation -- to notch its second straight victory, a win that closed the Cowboys within one game of the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant sparked the come-from-behind effort, with Romo throwing for 313 yards without an interception on 35-of-50 passing and hooking up with Bryant on a 28-yard fourth-quarter touchdown, part of a 12-catch, 145- yard outburst for the talented wide receiver.
Cleveland's Brandon Weeden finished 20-of-35 for 210 yards and tossed two touchdown passes to Benjamin Watson, the last of which gave the Browns a 20-17 edge with 1:07 remaining in regulation.
Trent Richardson amassed 144 yards from scrimmage for Cleveland (2-8), which gave the Cowboys all they could handle before eventually suffering a franchise-record 12th consecutive road loss.